This is a great video. Very encouraging to hear they benchmarked the handling against the Mini Cooper and Lotus Elise. It seems the Base Mini Cooper may end up being a very close competitor for the CR-Z.
Almost every article/comment I read bashes the CR-Z's numbers based on the fact that it doesn't meet the original CRX's numbers (0-60 and MPG's)... Based on the comparison above, I would say the CR-Z is a GREAT value here in the year 2010.
It appears we will have access to a car with the handling and acceleration of the so-popular Mini Cooper, BUT with better MPG and better reliability, for roughly the same price.
*ATTACHED* is a spreadsheet I made a few days ago to compare the dimensions of the CRZ to some other Key Vehicles. I had to convert to a JPG so hopefully it shows up okay.
Sorry I didn't include curb weights on the spreadsheet, but another key fact to keep in mind when considering the CR-Z's weight (2,670 lbs) is the fact that the respected S2000 weighs about 2,850 lbs, and my 1991 CRX Si weighed 2,174 lbs.. 2,670 is actually not that bad by today's standards.