Perhaps you can read some UK reviews, so you will become a fan again?
If you can read other languages, reviews from Europe and Japan are some good choice too.
BTW, I think those US reviewers have to take decades to figure out that what balance is and there is actually something exist in between.
"although not the most powerful in the market, offers sufficient performance coupled with economy and refinement."
A lot of them don't get that idea. They need Dominick Cobb to perform "inception" to them.
this is what i dont get. i read this in your writeup but CRZ's put down more power than the fit (dyno) and the fit weighs within 100lbs of the CRZ. with the electric motor giving low end tq i dont see how the Fit is faster... I dont own the two so i trust you know more than i do but its still surprising.I own both a 5MT Fit and a 6MT CRZ.
Utility wise there is no beating the Fit.
Economy wise, the CRZ's IMA powerplant will add 2-3 mpg and you will lose some acceleration compared to the Fit. In side by side testing, my Fit proved to be considerably quicker than the CRZ in every gear.
Styling wise the CRZ is much hotter. Exclusivity wise the CRZ is the ticket. One advantage of the limited, utility and market, for a 2 seater is that you won't have to see yourself coming and going as is the case with the Fit.
A change from a Fit to a CRZ has be purely emotionally driven. You either love the style and exclusivity of the CRZ enough to sacrifice allot of utility and a little power or you stick with the economy and utility of the Fit.
But don't count on a non hybrid CRZ anytime soon.
To the OP: drive it before you judge. Also, there are turbo kits in development. If honda uses the same motor but adds a turbo it will not be worth getting unless they make other changes. The r18 civic and the si have almost nothing in common so in that case its worth getting the SI if u want performance. If honda only adds a turbo, you can do that yourself and probably make more power on the same boost - only difference is warranty on the motor itself