INTRO: Spirited performance and impressive fuel economy earn the sporty 2012 Honda CR-Z hybrid high marks. But this uncommon eco-friendly two-seat hatchback scores big on agility and ride quality, too. Available trims include the Base and EX.
FEATURES: The hybrid's rechargeable battery pack is mounted low for enhanced stability and handling. In the futuristic cockpit, three selectable driving modes, Sport, Normal or Econ, custom tailor performance with the push of a button.
PERFORMANCE: A 122 horsepower 1.5-liter inline-four assisted by an integrated electric motor delivers impressive low-end torque for quick off-the-line acceleration. The front wheel drive CR-Z is the first production hybrid equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. An available continuously variable transmission includes steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
WARRANTY: The CR-Z is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Taking the hybrid concept to a whole new level, the Honda CR-Z appears to be as much fun to drive, as it is rewarding to own.