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By John Voelcker
If you want small, fun, and fuel-efficient, there are other options to consider, but if you’re looking for a two-seat hybrid hatchback coupe, the 2015 Honda CR-Z is really your only choice. Read more »
Only small hybrid with stick shift
‘Boost’ mode adds power jolt
Fuel efficiency not all that high
Ride deteriorates on rough roads
CVT hurts any pretense of sporty driving
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Once you pull open the somewhat heavy door, a novel interior design awaits, a kind of cost-conscious, Honda-type attempt to deliver the arty style of a Mini or Fiat 500.
While the production CR-Z lacks some of the muscularity of the concept, it still looks like nothing else on the road; that large, imposing grille and upslanting headlights start a design motif that finishes with a bold swish for a C-pillar and a sculptured rear deck.
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The Honda CR-Z is a niche car that’s never really found its niche: a sporty, fuel-efficient car that’s neither very sporty nor terribly fuel-efficient, it straddles two very different categories. Its small size and two-seat interior are also turnoffs to some, as it isn’t as useful as other small hatchbacks. It has always seeemed to be a car in search of a very specific customer.
As its name suggests, the CR-Z was intended as a followup to the beloved Honda CR-X, a small Civic-based hatchback that put an emphasis on handling and low weight. The CR-Z was to take that car’s concept, add a simple hybrid powertrain for fuel economy, and keep the fun dream alive. Unfortunately, modern safety and the hybrid powertrain added a lot of weight, and the feeling that resulted just couldn’t compare to the CRX, a car from another era entirely. So the CR-Z ends up as neither fish nor fowl. By today’s standards, it’s a tiny car for just two people, with almost no cargo space. But its gas mileage–rated by the EPA at 37 mpg combined for the more fuel-efficient model–isn’t all that good. In fact, it’s walloped by the 50-mpg combined rating of the larger, more capacious Toyota Prius.
The CR-Z’s engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit that’s paired with a 15-kilowatt (20-horsepower) electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission. A 2013 upgrade boosted the output to 130 horsepower, and the six-speed manual version now has rated torque of 140 lb-ft. CR-Zs now also include a boost function: a “Plus Sport System” lets the driver press a steering-wheel button marked “S+” that directs the motor to deliver an extra jolt of electric torque for up to 5 seconds if the battery’s charge is sufficient. The battery pack uses lithium-ion cells–the CR-Z was the last Honda to make the switch–which are lighter and have higher energy density than the nickel-metal-hydride pack used in early CR-Zs.
To address some of the criticism that the CR-Z isn’t quite sporty enough–finally–Honda will begin offering a kit that should go a long way toward transforming the car’s character. For CR-Zs equipped with the manual transmission, the Honda Performance Development (HPD) kit includes a supercharger for the engine, an HPD clutch, a limited-slip differential, new front brakes, a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, and several aero and dress-up parts. Engine output climbs to 187 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. For CVT-equipped models, the engine is left alone but the other dynamic and aesthetic improvements apply. It’s likely that fuel economy will suffer a bit, swinging the CR-Z’s balance farther toward sport, but since it’s a dealer-installed kit, the setup doesn’t get tested by the EPA.
The Honda CR-Z’s styling blends elements of the classic CRX–long hood, long doors, not much behind that–with a few cues from the first-generation Insight hybrid two-seater. Those include the narrowing tail and the extra vertical rear window in the hatch. It’s a good-looking car from most angles, but its sporty looks aren’t adequately backed up by its driving character.
Inside, the two-tier instrument panel uses bright colors to convey vehicle operating information as well as the usual speed and engine revs. The seats are well bolstered, although a number of reviewers have suffered back aches as a result of their limited range of adjustment.
The 2015 CR-Z weighs 2,600 pounds–fully 700 pounds more than the CRX of 30 years ago–and its fuel efficiency ratings are notably lower than those of the original (much slower) Insight. It has a full complement of airbags for two people, and its longer front end reflects considerably more robust crash structures. The old CRX had no airbags and would likely be horrifying in today’s tougher crash tests.
Fuel efficiency depends on the transmission you choose. Get the continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the car is rated a combined 37 mpg (36 mpg city, 39 mpg highway). It’s also available with a six-speed manual gearbox–making it one of very few hybrids indeed with a stick–which gives it a sportier driving character, but reduces mileage to 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).
The CR-Z’s challenge is that there are sportier cars out there, but there are also more fuel-efficient models. The Chevrolet Sonic and updated-for-2014 Ford Fiesta are both five-door subcompact hatchbacks that offer more space and real-world fuel efficiency in the low 30s for less money. If you want sporty, there’s the Fiat 500 Abarth, the Chevy Sonic RS, the Ford Fiesta ST, and the standard Mazda 2. Or if you’re all about fuel efficiency, four separate Toyota Prius models are all rated higher than the CR-Z–though none of them are remotely sporty. The CR-Z has suffered from this betwixt-and-between identity since its launch, and sales have been correspondingly low.
Only small hybrid with stick shift
‘Boost’ mode adds power jolt
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Before you dive into cinnamon-spiced sweets, make sure to give your ride a treat and take it for some car maintenance in Orlando! by 6 total views Embed Mon, Aug 18 2014 12:00:19 Wipe Away Worries! As much as we love fall, we have to take into account one thing – this IS Florida. We’ll still receive some rainfall, even in the autumn months. You don’t facea Floridafall without new wiper blades! In fact, you can pick up a new pair at our parts store, and then have them replaced at our Toyota service center in Orlando . New windshield wipers means a clear view into a new season. Hooray! Mon, Aug 18 2014 14:07:16 Filter Fall Allergies! With trees and animals starting their slow preparation for colder weather, there will be tons of dander and allergens floating in the air and into your car.That’s why it’s important to get your car maintenance in Orlando before the season hits, so our Toyota service techs can switch out your worn air filter with a brand new one! Reply Retweet Favorite Defrost Yourself! Speaking of your A/C, how’s your heater working? What about the defroster? Those are important to get checked, because even though it’s warm during the day, fall in Florida can bring some nippy weather in the evening. Chilly weather makes us want to put on the heat, so you’ll need Orlando car maintenance to take care of any discrepancies in the unit. Plus, that temperature change on the inside and outside of your car will lead to foggy windows.
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There is an on-going debate about which is the safest way for your child to travel in a car, forward facing or rearward facing. It can be incredibly confusing for parents and whilst safety is of paramount importance when choosing a car seat, we here at BRITAX know that every family is unique and has different concerns and practicalities to consider. Recently there has been a significant surge in popularity of rearward facing seats for children up to the age of four. This is already the norm for parents and families in Scandinavian countries and recently the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their recommendations to say all children should remain rearward facing until the age of two years. There is no doubt that rearward facing seats offer the best protection in the event of frontal collisions. These are extremely serious and the most frequent types of accidents on the roads1 2. BRITAX believes that parents should sit children rearward facing for as long as it is realistic for their child, car and family’s lifestyle and wholeheartedly supports the new Europe-wide initiative called ‘i-Size’ which dictates a child must be seated in an ISOFIX fitted, rearward facing car seat until the age of at least 15 months. However, it is important to state that safety cannot be defined simply by the direction a child is travelling in the car and is influenced by several factors, including the angle of the crash impact, the correct installation of the car seat, which car seat is compatible with your car and how many children you may have to accommodate on the back seats. This is an incredibly important topic and BRITAX has launched a new safety campaign to offer parents all the information they need to make an informed choice to find the optimal rearward or forward facing eteeretseat for their family. We want parents to feel confident that whatever BRITAX seat they choose, their child will be as safe as possible. To find out more, please visit www.britax.co.uk/car-seats/rearward-facing-car-seats/rearward-facing-home 1 GIDAS, Michael Jansch, Dietmar Otte; Hannover Medical School, Accident Research Unit; Conference: Protection of children in cars, Munich, 2009. 2 Casimir “Child Car Passenger Fatalities – European Figures and In-Depth Study”; Alan Kirk; Loughborough University, UK; Conference: Protection of children in cars, Munich, 2011.
You shopped for the safest car when you started a family. You read up on car seats for kids and figured out which one worked best for you and your family. You even took your car and car seat to a seat-checking station to let an expert check and approve of your handiwork. But did you know there are other dangers in and around your vehicle that could seriously harm or even kill your child? Weve identified six common dangers that even the most careful parents can overlook, and some tips on how to avoid them: Backover A back over incident typically occurs when a car coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over a child. Seat Belt Entanglement A child may become entangled in a seat belt if they pull the seat belt all the way out and wraps the belt around their head, neck, or waist. Heatstroke Children die each year from heatstroke, after entering the vehicle unnoticed or being left alone in the vehicle. Trunk Entrapment Children being entrapped in vehicle trunks can suffer heatstroke, asphyxiation and death. To avoid entrapment heed the following safety and prevention tips. Power Windows Children can hurt themselves when a window closes on their finger, wrist, or hand. Some kids have been strangled by power windows. Vehicle Rollaway A vehicle can rollaway when the key is left in the ignition and the drivers foot is not on the brake.
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An updated alternate route has been discussed and approved with local city and county officials. Crews will sign the alternate route. For those traveling south from MO 53, go south on Route OO, south on US 62, east on County Road 306 and north on Route 53. Perry County, MO Work continues on north and southbound I-55 in Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties. The road is one lane from Route 51 to Route J/N at Ozora through Nov. 14, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Reynolds County, MO Route 106 in Reynolds and Shannon counties is down to one lane from Route 21 to Route H through Nov. 1, for shoulder work and pavement repair. As a both a safety measure and to prepare for the winter snow season, the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin tree trimming will begin Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 on Route 106 in Reynolds and Shannon Counties. Once work begins, tree trimming will take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on Route 106 from Route 19 in Eminence to Route 21 in Ellington. Tree branches hanging over MoDOT right of way more than 15 feet from the edge of the pavement will be trimmed with a large mechanical tree trimmer. The tree-trimming operation will take approximately two months to complete, weather permitting. Some lane closures will occur on Route 106 due to the size of the trimmer and as branches are cleared from the roadway. Flaggers will be present to provide traffic control and message boards will placed be at both ends of the work area to alert motorists. Drivers should expect short delays during work hours and drivers should stay alert for these slow moving work zones. Ripley County, MO Route 21 in Carter and Ripley is down to one lane from US 60 to US 160 through Nov.
These days, car transportation services are more essential than ever due to an ever more mobile society. Whether we are shifting jobs, embarking on different living conditions or taking comprehensive vacations, it looks as though more Americans want to transport their vehicles along for the travel no issue where they are traveling. Because of this reason, car transportation services are among one of the most founded things when planning a trip. Other instances of people taking benefits of transporting their vehicles contains events such as buying a new or used vehicle from an online trader via eBay or some other official seller site. Once more, transactions like these are not that rare when you stop to regard as how much business is now carried out almost wholly online. And while most online industry is safe, those who are making large purchases want to ensure that their vehicle is going to be transported to them in the safest and protected manner possible. Opposite to trendy belief, cars are not the only kinds of vehicles that are shipped. Oftentimes, heavy machinery such as that used in building as well as boats, RVs, trailers and motorcycles are along with some of the other kinds of vehicles you can discover on the backs of car hauling trucks. One of the more trendy items that are shipped frequently is exotic or classic cars. Owners of such cars will typically choose to use some kind of closed car transportation services for the mere fact that doing so assists to guard their classic vehicle from at times rough elements of long road trips. For example, dust, grit, gravel, and stormy weather are just some instances of essentials that a caring car owner may want to protect his or her vehicle from when paying to have it transported. Other items of concern when using car transportation services engage what you really wind up paying for the service. To this conclusion, there are a number of things to think. If you are new to car transportation, you will get that there are countless websites out there that guarantee all sorts of goodies, deals and specials connected to their particular car transportation services presented. Look for auto transporters that have been in business for a long time and/or have a solid status within the car shipping industry. Pay concentration to reviews from other clients, fill out online quotation forms on the website and most prominently that you can really call and speak to on the phone. Make certain that you have a record of queries prepared at your fingertips to inquire the customer representative, and be certain that all of your questions are answered wholly to guarantee that you feel as relaxed as possible when the time comes to give your keys. Door to door auto transport, as a common rule, fair improved than those that necessitate you to drive your vehicle to a storehouse and drop it off.
The wash process is also one of the more perilous times for paintwork when youre most likely to inadvertently introduce swirls and scratches, so ensuring you have the right equipment for this most basic task is essential. Introducing.. Ultimate Finish Wash Bucket & ScratchShield and Ultimate Finish Rinse Bucket & ScratchShield .ScratchShields are a bucket filter system theyre a grill that sits in the bottom of the bucket. Brushing your mitt or sponge across the ScratchShield releases dirt particles which sink to the bottom and the grill traps them there, helping to prevent transferring dirt and grit back to the mitt or sponge and then back onto the paintwork. So the Wash Bucket & ScratchShield are essential car cleaning equipment. Some would argue the Rinse Bucket & ScratchShield are equally as important. Owners of dark coloured cars or cars with soft paintwork, (particularly susceptible to swirls and scratches) have long argued the benefits of employing the Two Bucket Method. Simply put, one bucket contains water and shampoo, the rinse bucket has plain water. The mitt is dunked into the Wash Bucket and then put over a panel on the car. Then, dunk the mitt into the Rinse bucket, releasing dirty water and contaminants into the Rinse water. Then return the cleaned off mitt to the Wash bucket to re-load with soapy water for the next panel. Keeps the Wash water cleaner. Makes sense, doesnt it! ScratchShields have been teamed up with our own branded Ultimate Finish buckets 20 litre buckets made from a tough white plastic (so you can keep an eye on the state of the water). Weve also created an Ultimate Finish Wash & Rinse Two Bucket Set with their corresponding ScratchShields. If you already have a bucket or two and think the ScratchShield Bucket Filter System is a good idea then dont worry theyre available individually in Black, Blue and Red, and because they have adjustable legs will fit most bucket sizes. For the best opportunity to keep your paintwork swirl and scratch-free, start the wash process with the Ultimate Snow Foam & Lance Kits , for non-contact pre-wash cleaning, removing larger dirt and grit particles. Follow with the Two Bucket Method and finish with the Aqua Gleam water filtering system which allows your vehicle to air dry no need to chamois off afterwards and no spot-marks either. Put together it really is the ultimate in car wash protection.
In an emotional backdown, Mr Hockey said he was ”really genuinely sorry that there is any suggestion, any suggestion at all that I or the government does not care for the most disadvantaged in the community”. “All of my life I have fought for and tried to help the most disadvantaged people in the community for there to be some suggestion that I have evil in my heart when it comes to the most disadvantaged people in the community is upsetting. ”But it’s more upsetting for those people in the community. So I want to make it perfectly clear that if there’s any suggestion that I don’t care about you or that I have evil intent towards you, I want to say that couldn’t be further from the truth and I’m sorry for the hurt.” The Treasurer said he had not been asked to make the apology. ”I thought about it this morning and I thought I don’t want to hurt people and the words were clearly hurting some people,” he said. Mr Hockey conceded that his government’s message about the need for budget repair had been lost because of his misstep. “We are trying to deliver a plan for the nation that ensures that those most disadvantaged get the very best we as a community can offer. I’m trying to make the healthcare system sustainable, I’m trying to make the welfare system sustainable and the education system the best it can be,” he said. “You can only do that through what we are trying to do in the budget but it has been lost in the last few days and I’m sorry.” Mr Abbott and frontbench colleague Mr Pyne had both offered their ”full support” to Mr Hockey on Friday. But in an interview conducted before the apology, Mr Pyne had declined to endorse the gaffe six times. The political misstep had effectively derailed Mr Hockey’s attempts over the past two weeks to win support from members of the Senate crossbench for a series of structural reforms contained in the budget, including cuts to health and education, pension changes, the $7 GP co-payment and the resumption of fuel excise indexation.