So I've now had the CR-Z for a few months - naturally the worst months of the year! The biggest drawback in terms of hypermiling - it has a "Sport" mode and is incredibly fun to drive in it. Needless to say this screws with your mpg When I first took it out I really wasn't a fan of the Econ mode. However, it is actually surprisingly a bit *zippier* than the HCH-2 even in Econ, and since this is the setting where all the full gas-saving settings kick in I actually tend to run in that by default and resort to Sport for fun and games now and then. Throughout the winter I have managed to beat the EPA average (37) on almost every tank, and my goal when things warm up is to get into the elusive "50mpg club" with it. This is super easy with the HCH but the CR-Z seems to hit about 80% of the mpg that I got before. It is, however, 200% more fun so it was a fair swap. The Wife drives the HCH now and gets about 40mpg :eyebrow: I don't know whether it's the fact it's a newer Li-ion battery on the fact it's an entirely different ICE/IMA setup, but the energy management seems far superior to the HCH and you rarely, if ever, have to think about what the SoC is doing or notice things like regen braking. I'm so used to autostop now that I get annoyed driving in a regular car when it idles at a red light so for me that's not a "thing" to notice. I can definitely recommend the car as I think it would appeal to a broader range of people than I think would consider it. In fact, it's really at least two cars in one, and you can swap between the personalities at the press of a button. The different between Econ and Sport is night and day. I frankly don't see the point in normal mode...I guess that's for the folks who really hate Econ. I did end up opting for the CVT - more efficient, lazier to drive. I get my share of fun with the paddle shifters Another thing - these things are unusual. Not that many out on the roads, and they stand out when you see one. Can't say the same of the Prius (stands out, spotted everywhere) or the HCH (not as common, blends into the masses). I like it!