Cargo

At 25.1 cubic feet, the cargo area is more than twice the volume of a typical compact car's trunk. It's not particularly tall, but it's a vast improvement over the first-generation Insight, a two-seater whose cargo floor was nearly at head restraint height. Two storage bins sit right behind the seat where a backseat would be and are separated from the rest of the cargo area by a vertical partition that can be folded forward 90 degrees to form a continuous, longer cargo floor. (The Japanese-market CR-Z has a backseat — a generous term for it — but Honda says U.S. safety regulations require rear head restraints that would stick up through the roof.)

The partition folds down in a single step, but it would be better if there were release handles on the sides rather than one in the center where it's hard to reach from outside the car. My test cars also had retractable cargo covers, which can p the entire cargo area or can be mounted on the floor about a foot in front of the rear bumper. This configuration creates a small compartment, but the whole space looks empty when viewed from the outside.

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