In issue 144 of evo magazine, the Honda CRZ was put through its paces alongside the diesel-powered Seat Ibiza FR TDI and the Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI 160. Although evo‘s editors were keen on discovering the extent to which the honda CRZ would live up to its predecessor, the Honda CRX, evo also wondered what relation the CRZ would have to the first-generation Honda Insight. Performance and fuel economy were equally important parameters in this test.
evo stuck with the manufacturer’s claims for specific acceleration and top speed tests but fuel efficiency was rigidly tracked. Thankfully, evo didn’t just drive a few hundred miles before spitting out a figure. The three cars were tested on a “B-Road Blast”, a hard drive on twisty roads; then on a highway “cruise”; and finally the “urban crawl”. It goes without saying the Honda CRZ evo tested wouldn’t be identically equipped to those North Americans will be able to purchase soon. Obviously the Volkswagen Scirocco and Seat Ibiza aren’t even available to us. Nevertheless, the Numbers you can read after the jump don’t lie.
Before you go any further, keep in mind these are translated figures, not the actual Numbers you’d see in evo 144. The Imperial gallon is equal to 1.2009499 U.S. gallons. MPG figures after the jump are based on U.S. gallons.
Honda CRZ: 28.7 miles per gallon
Seat Ibiza: 25.6 miles per gallon
Volkswagen Scirocco: 22.4 miles per gallon
Honda CRZ: 36.2 miles per gallon
Seat Ibiza: 35.9 miles per gallon
Volkswagen Scirocco: 28.2 miles per gallon
THE URBAN CRAWL
Honda CRZ: 24.3 miles per gallon
Seat Ibiza: 16.2 miles per gallon
Volkswagen Scirocco: 11.1 miles per gallon