2011 Honda CR-Z

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/123
    • ENGINE
      1.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,995
  • 2011 Honda CR-Z EX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      39
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/123
    • ENGINE
      1.5L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,555
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2011 Honda CR-Z Review

Fun hybrid worth taking for a drive

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda CR-Z is a two-passenger hybrid coupe with front-wheel drive. Powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine joined to a 14 horsepower electric motor, which is Honda's integrated motor assist system, the CR-Z gets a total of 122 horsepower with either a six-speed automatic or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Recognized for its sporty exterior, what the CR-Z lacks in speed it makes up for with good driving performance.

The CR-Z has an all-original 3 Mode Drive system, offering normal, sporty, and fuel saving modes, by customizing engine, air-conditioning, and throttle response. The CR-Z gets good fuel efficiency in the 36 mpg city / 37 mpg highway range. Although the six-speed manual transmission preferred, paddle shifters make the CVT more exhilarating. In addition, the CR-Z lets the driver know when optimal driving economy is achieved through red, blue, and green light indicators behind the digital speedometer.

New for 2011

An all-new model for 2011, the CR-Z is built upon Honda's global small car platform and utilizes a modified version of the Fit's CVT and 1.5-liter engine, in conjunction with Honda's IMA electric motor/battery system.

Essentials

Engine: 1.5L I-4 and 14-hp electric motor
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Body Style: Coupe
Trims: Base Hatchback, EX Hatchback

On the Outside

The longish front overhang, back profile, and rear window are reminiscent of the CRX. The CR-Z's 16-inch wheels come standard, while EX trims get auto on/off HID headlights and fog lights.

From the Inside

The Honda CR-Z in the US has a parcel shelf instead of rear seats. Standard features include tilt-telescoping steering wheel and auto climate control. The EX trim has Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and premium audio, while the navigation system is optional.

Driving Performance

Exclusive to the Honda CR-Z is a special three mode drive system that provides for regular, sporty, and fuel-saving vehicle performance. The hybrid power train slows down the CR-Z, so the 6-speed automatic transmission preferably, even though fuel economy is better for the seven-speed CVT with paddle shifters.

Safety Equipment

CR-Z uses Honda's special ACE body structure to maximize occupant protection during collisions. Standard safety features into driver and passenger dual stage, multi threshold front and front side airbags; side curtain airbags; and traction/stability control.

Gas Mileage

31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (manual); 36 mpg city / 37 mpg highway (CVT)

Plusses

  • Sport handling
  • Modern feel
  • Versatile storage options

Minuses

  • Lack of space
  • So-so economy for a hybrid

Rating

Fun hybrid worth taking for a drive

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