Hybrids have been on the market for 10 years now, and while they’ve been interesting, perhaps even fascinating, calling them ‘exciting’ would have been a stretch.
After the quirky original Honda Insight and Toyota Prius saloon, the challenge was making these cars that carry a bulky battery and electric motor acceptable to people who wanted a mainstream car.
The Prius has become a medium-sized family hatchback, the second Honda Insight is also conventional looking, and Lexus hybrids are versions of existing models.
But Honda now has the CR-Z. It’s a compact coupé that supposedly does all the things you would expect of a coupé – provide a sharp, responsive drive and sleek looks – but is also a hybrid.