The Honda CR-Z is on sexy hatchback sedan. This vehicle is a sleek designed hybrid that offers the ultimate in fuel economy, comfort and style. The CR-Z is filling the void that Honda created when they stopped producing the CRX which was a big selling hatchback in Honda's past. The CR-Z has a very sporty design that makes this two seater a very attractive model that offers a little more flare than most other Honda vehicles. The Honda CR-Z is powered by a combination of a 14 horsepower electric motor and a 122 horsepower gasoline engine. This hybrid gets a 31MPG rating in town and 37 MPG rating on the highway. There are other hybrids that may offer a more generous fuel rating, but the CR-Z is still very competitive in this field and may offer considerable savings compared to others in its class. The CR-Z starts just under $20,000 and the EX edition will run you about a thousand dollars more.
The three mode drive system offers a very unique opportunity to take advantage of some under the hood tweaks by simply pressing a button. The paddle shifting feature is new to lower end vehicles and has been reserved for supercars in the past.
Engine: 1.5L I-4 and 14-hp electric motor
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: CR-Z, CR-Z EX
The CR-Z is an all-new model built upon updated platforms and systems already utilized across Honda's lineup. Built upon the global small car platform that underpins the Fit and Insight, the CR-Z utilizes a modified version of the Fit's CVT and 1.5-liter engine, in conjunction with the sixth-generation version of Honda's IMA electric motor/battery system. The six-speed manual comes from the European-spec Civic.
The longish front overhang, wind-cheating Kamm back profile and rear window are all intentionally familiar and recall the second-gen CRX. The CR-Z's 16-inch wheels come standard. EX models get auto on/off HID headlights and fog lights.
U.S.-model CR-Z's receive a parcel shelf instead of rear seats. A tilt-telescoping steering wheel and auto climate control come standard. EX adds Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and premium audio, though navigation is optional.
Performance & Handling
Exclusive to CR-Z is a special three mode drive system that provides for regular, sporty and fuel-saving vehicle performance. The hybrid powertrain does not make CR-Z fast, but this one does hold on after a bit of body roll. The 6-speed is the one you want, even though fuel economy is better for the ‘seven-speed' paddle-shiftable CVT.
CR-Z uses Honda's special ACE body structure to maximize occupant protection during collisions. Driver and passenger have dual stage, multi threshold front and front side airbags. Side curtain airbags and traction/stability control also come standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (manual); 36 mpg city / 37 mpg highway (CVT)
- Sporty handling
- Futuristic feel
- Multiple storage options
You Won't Like
- Limited space/utility
- Fuel economy
Proof hybrids can be fun
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