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HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

2011 Honda CR-Z

reviews are written by independent journalists providing an objective and assessment to help you make a buying decision. 2011 CR-Z.

Reviewed By: Sam Moses

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The all-new Honda sport hybrid coupe with Honda s great 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and its Integrated Motor Assist in the form of a 13-horsepower electric powered by an 84-cell pack of hydride batteries under the floor. The CR-Z doesn t like a hybrid, especially not the standard 6-speed manual and that s either a good or bad thing depending on your point of view.

The CR-Z an EPA-rated 35/39 mpg City/Highway the optional paddle-shifting CVT, or mpg with the sportier 6-speed transmission. It comes well including Hill Start with the manual transmission. will doubtless be a ton of aftermarket and accessories, because its aerodynamic makes the car so cool looking.

The is about the same size as a Fit, but lacks the Fit s function and being a two-seater instead of Cargo space is vast, but space within arm s length of the is lacking. Acceleration to a zingy of 6300 rpm is zippy.

The cornering is and the ride and suspension are taut, but time in the saddle it starts to sharp over freeway

Styling follows Honda design cues, with shoulders, a low hatchback roofline, and tail not unlike the departed and CRX Si (1983-91), which the CR-Z t pretend to be. Deep lines back and up from the front creating a sculpted wedge on the of the car. The headlamps are simple and like the wings of a hawk.

The is targeted for a young audience, electronic capabilities galore, and no jump seats even there s room (there s a 2+2 in Japan). There are jump that fold down for however.

The instrument panel is with a dominant light changing colors from to blue to red depending on how hard you re The dashboard is sculpted to be futuristic, and we more design time had spent on being practical than cool. The cloth seats are supportive with bolstering, and the HID headlamps on the EX are excellent.


There s a world-beating blind over your shoulder on of the roofline, and visibility in the rearview is restricted on account of the nearly roofline.

The CR-Z uses its motor to go faster. That s not what hybrids were for, to boost acceleration a turbocharger, but after all, it s a coupe.

The CR-Z can be set in Sport, or Econ modes, and you can feel a big It s strong and responsive at 75 mph in Sport Emissions are AT-PZEV, tier 2 bin 2, the ratings a vehicle with an combustion engine can achieve.

And it can go miles before needing a

Model Lineup

Honda ($19,200); CR-Z CVT ($19,850); EX ($20,760); CR-Z EX CVT ($21,410); EX with Navigation ($22,560); EX CVT with Navigation ($23,210)

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The CR-Z will go a long way on its looks. The headline be Honda achieves style instead of Honda builds sports car. The new CR-Z out of the box threatening to be popular, especially California hot-rodders.

Aftermarket will perfect the styling, and the CR-Z (especially in white) like a European thoroughbred.

To get a of the size, the CR-Z is 1 inch than a Honda Fit, 2 wider, and 5 inches lower at the In that larger space, it two, not five. It s more while being 150 pounds The CR-Z has 122 total horsepower, Fit 117 hp. The Fit an EPA-estimated 28/35 mpg City/Highway the five-speed automatic.

The CR-Z the automatic-like CVT is EPA rated at 35/39 We got 33.7 mpg in 520 miles of combined in a CR-Z with six-speed gearbox, matching its EPA Combined of 34 mpg (31/37 City/Highway). The CR-Z about $5,700 more.

It s a eye-catching sports car.

In our dark metallic blue-greenish model did not do justice to the low-slung nose, and hips of the CR-Z. Don t get color, if you (and others) to see the futuristic, aggressively aerodynamic of your car. Get that color if you want people to on the color.

All the flattery below comes looking at pictures of a red one.

bold black grille in the looks hot, not unlike the grille that inspired the which the CR-Z runs flashing a big empty-toothed grin. for sure; but then you see a CR-Z with a Fit mouth, and you re struck by the and possibilities. The CR-Z does best.

And headlamps, cleanly back like the wings of a hawk with crystal

But it s the profile that carries the car It follows Accord design Deep lines sweep and up from the front wheels, a sculpted wedge on the side of the The bottom rises only like a shapely rocker; the top line climbs under the

Whose outline makes wedge, with a graceful The small sharkfin antenna dead center on the roof is

Sheetmetal over the rear rises to the near-horizontal hatchback ends in a high chopped Seen as part of the roofline, bit of bodywork is like a C-pillar sharply forward; in two-dimension, some imagination, it makes the of a big-winged 1970 Plymouth The rear fenders bulge as if tires were under fattening the fleet stance but it s still cool.

Interior

Our on the interior are voluminous, like a wish list for the driver. In a car, one can t expect the moon in the way of or storage; but the CR-Z is also a coupe, whose interior is not as functional and convenient as it should be.

The panel features a deeply design to create the sensation of and expansiveness. Honda s words. Not we got that sensation. The gauges are to be in 3D.

Not sure we got that either.

The navigation system, for all its 7 million of interest, was unclear, and we struggled it. The 6.5-inch-wide screen had distracting even on empty, for example a sky we couldn t shut off, it came with the clock. when you re driving at night you want to turn off all your including from your

And when you turn on the car and want to see time it is, to check if you re running you first have to press I Who even asks to what any

But the electronic capabilities go on, linking android phone to the MID, for Young geeks should the CR-Z.

The cupholders are hard to tucked ahead of the shift and squeezed under the dash so a cup is hard to fit.

The instrument is dominated by the tachometer with speed readout in the center sort of floats in 3D. It s surrounded by an ring that changes with your foot: green, heavier foot leadfoot in Sport mode The tachometer has blue lines at 100 rpm, blue-line overkill.

eyes feel besieged by the

There s a gauge that battery charge, and another the electric motor power in from regenerative braking, or out to the engine. Manual transmission have arrows that shift points for higher-mileage There s a multi-information display, ECO guide and ECO scoring, with

It s similar to the Insight, and most we talk to think it s goofy.

components are a composite material a metal film coating, a process for Honda.

There s no console, or armrest, as the parking lever hogs all the space the seats. Lots of cars both, some plus The armrest in the left door is low and which leaves you driving distances with your in the air: 4 hours one night, in our

There s a small glovebox, and pockets in the driver s door, but a handle gets in their way and them up. We had two checkbooks, and couldn t a handy place for them. The has a vent that will a 16-oz. bottle of water, but try a place to put it.

Behind the seats, two benches flip-down backs look seats without padding. s even legroom. There s a 2 + 2 in Japan, but not in the U.S.

As is, the seat-like are good for storage, especially for which can be hidden when the fold down. There are a 25 cubic feet of cargo easily reachable through the

Visibility out the rear window is as as it gets. Prius has the same because the aerodynamic slope the glass nearly horizontal. On the there s a structural bar in the glass wipes out the view in the mirror; at night it totally blocks the of the car behind you, and by day it obscures of the following car.

And, over your shoulder to onto a highway, it can be scary because of the roofline.

Seeing is better, with strong HID on the EX. Beautiful design, excellent if the whole car were as good as the it would be brilliant.

The silver fabric sport seats a lot of work and thought in them. The is designed to fit all sizes using wires like a one-size-fits-all bra or They fit us okay. They forward and back easily, and up and down two inches.

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

The EX leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-wrapped shift knob are nice. s good legroom for the driver a dead pedal. There s a 120 power outlet, benefit of a

If function and practicality are what you re for in a car, it s easy to criticize the for not being a Honda Fit. But you can t Honda for not making the CR-Z the Fit it be. If a Fit is what you need, they it for you.

The CR-Z works for young geeks who don t mind all over for things.

Driving

Underway, the Honda CR-Z t feel like a gas-electric mainly because of the manual We didn t have the chance to a CR-Z with the CVT with 7 and paddle shifters. More less sports car. reviews say it s the way to go, because for $650 you get 3 mpg, in addition to the convenience of an Others say no way, because the CVT the sport out of things, partly it s not responsive to the driver.

The CVT gives the engine 1 more of torque, over a slightly range; but the 6-speed manual the CR-Z more zip.

The does feel like a a sports car/compact coupe. You won t you re in a Miata. The fastback roofline and compartment don t add to a sports car feel.

that styling sure good on the Jaguar XK Coupe.

might be the best word the CR-Z performance. Really It comes on at 3500 rpm and revs gusto to 6300 rpm, by 58 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor.

That s not what hybrids were for, to boost acceleration a turbocharger, but what the heck. It s a car. Motor Trend clocked it from 0 to 60 in 8.3 seconds, zippy.

The 6-speed gearbox is and good, never mind it arguably doesn t belong in a When you get up to speed, the engine is and quiet, running just rpm at 73 mph, boosted less by the motor at that pace but getting 36 mpg at that pace. The with its 10.6-gallon tank is miles.

It s a six-layer composite reducing evaporative emissions.

For one stretch, we got 148.0 miles per while averaging 52 mph. our heart. What s that, you Okay, it was mostly coasting a Cascade Mountains pass.

are AT-PZEV, tier 2 bin 2, the cleanest a vehicle with an internal engine can achieve.

The CR-Z can be set in Normal or Econ modes, and you can a big difference between them; you switch modes, driving at a steady 65 mph, the engine slumps or surges. It s strong and at 75 mph, in Sport. It makes you to stay in Sport all the time.

It you question your values.

In Normal mode, the engine running when the MT car is at idle with all power accessories off.

Hill Start is nice with a manual When starting out on a hill, it you about three seconds to the clutch, before it drifts

The CR-Z handles well in and is quite responsive. Zippy describe the handling, too. The steering ratio of 12.75:1 the CR-V a lot of fun to maneuver.

But the suspension t go easy on you. It follows the and dips in the road tightly, is fine as long as the road is If it s not, well, at the end of our 280-mile run, we were over it.

back pain afterward, a we rarely have.

It s stable in the even with its light not surprising given the windcutting

The brakes feel good, disc in front, solid in Honda has managed to take the feel out of the pedal, still energy. But we found the ABS quite one time we hit the brakes abruptly at 30 mph in stop-and-go freeway traffic, and the ABS even though we were far locking them up.

The Honda is for those who want an eye-catching, high-mpg two-seater hybrid. It has cargo space than a car, but not much small space or driver convenience in the It corners well but the ride on you.

Acceleration performance is particularly with the 6-speed transmission.

Sam Moses filed NewCarTestDrive.com report after his drive of the CR-Z EX through the and valleys of the Pacific Northwest.

HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed
HONDA CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Manual 6-speed

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