Its legacy lives on, however, in the CR-Z, a curious petrol-electric hybrid confection that Honda launched in 2010. This combined a 1.5-litre four-pot with an electric motor, which then drove the front wheels through a six-speed transmission. The silhouette may be bloated (which car's isn't these days?) but the influence of the first two CR-Xs is clear and, despite its eco-respectability, at least a little of the old spark remains.
Indeed, its performance might not set you on fire - 0 to 60mph in 9.9 secs and a top speed of 124mph - but the chassis was well balanced and it felt light on its toes through the bends, if ultimately a little understeery. In theory it was good for a claimed average fuel consumption of 56.5mpg, too.
Consider for example this one we found in the PH classifieds. Admittedly, it's done 61,000 miles, but what the heck, it's a Honda, so it'll probably last many times that amount. It's also only £5,295, which for this semi-spicy, quasi-ecomentalist, Honda seems rather good - just don't tell any keen drivers it shared a platform with the Insight and the Jazz hybrid!
Engine: 1,497cc, four-cylinder and electric motor
Transmission: six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 122@6,100rpm
Torque (lb ft): 128@1,000-1,500rpm
First registered: 2011
Recorded mileage: 61,000miles
Yours for: £5,295
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