I really don't understand why everyone is knocking it as a waste of a car. It is doing it's job very well, showing that not all hybrids are boring eco-focused cars.
The CR-Z is NOT the successor to the Mk 1 Insight, and it is NOT the successor to the CRX HF. Not at all. The insight was the successor to the CRX HF, and the Civic VX. The old insight was the no holds barred, maximum MPG out of a practical vehicle.
The CR-Z is much much more to be thought of as the successor to the CRX SI. It is a sporty vehicle first and foremost. Not a high performance, as even the CRX SI was pathetic in acceleration. No, it's a zippy car, a performance car that is also an efficient car.
But most importantly, it's a car that really helps defeat the idea that a hybrid is inherently boring, and open up the non-eco community to the possibilities of a hybrid for many other applications.
I see it more that the CR-Z is a challenge to other manufacturers.
"You've matched our eco-hyrids... Now show us your sport hybrids".
I bought a Fit. Less money, only slightly worse mileage, less weight, and a lot more room. The CR-Z would be a better buy if it was $16K, 2400 lbs, and had the Civic DX/LX/EX engine in place of the hybrid powertrain. That powertrain is good for 36 mpg in the Civic. Sell an Si version with the Civic Si motor for $21K. Unfortunately, this will never happen.