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2010 Detroit auto show: Worst of the show

Microsoft IES Logo By John LeBlanc, MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 13

Honda’s gas-guzzling hybrid

Hybrids are supposed to be fuel sippers right? So what happened with Honda's latest gas-electric hybrid, the 2011 CR-Z? The smaller, lighter, two-seat version of the current five-door Insight hybrid with a six-speed manual is rated around 31 mpg (equal to 7.6 L/100 km) in the city on the U.S. EPA cycle. That's a lot thirstier than the five-seat Insight's 40 mpg figure (equal to 5.8 L/100 km) on the same test cycle. The CVT version is a bit more frugal, but still no better than a 20-year-old, gas-only Honda CRX HF (the spiritual predecessor of the CR-Z) rated at 41 mpg city (equal to 5.7 L/100 km) and 50 mpg highway (equal to 4.7 L/100 km). This is progress?Related Autos links:2010 Detroit auto show: 10 hottest cars2010 Detroit auto show: Top concepts2010 Detroit auto show: Green cars2010 Detroit auto show: Production cars
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