2014 Honda CRZ review

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2014 Honda CR-Z

The Rule: Electric motors to internal combustion units dispose of any pleasure left in the sanitized modern driving

Glance at its lineup and you could be for thinking that Honda adheres to The Prius Rule. Honda’s efforts to persuade us the automaker’s Insight, the cheapest currently on sale in North is a Prius by another name.

Yet is the brand that has given us the S2000, the sublime NSX and even the mainstream Accord sedan and Stretch back a few years and find one of the greatest affordable cars ever created, the CRX. These little fastbacks are the automotive gods’ to autocrossers and canyon carvers to their trim dimensions and demeanor.

And that’s precisely the CR-Z is designed to recreate, in a politically correct 2011 of way. Call it a new segment: The first hybrid sports

Channeling Honda of yore

Honda could have rebuilt the CRX, or even through Craigslist to find all six ones still on the road, but safety and emissions standards in the way. The little sub-2,000 sportster sold in the ’80s and ’90s instead needed to as an inspirational launchpad for a 21st low-emissions recreation of sorts.

Enter the CR-Z, the world’s mass production hybrid car. Looking a little bit the CRX, the CR-Z is a two-seat boasting not much power, but not much weight. Tipping the at a mere 2,637 lbs. it is 100 lbs. lighter than an

It is a few Big Macs portlier than a Cooper, but, at 160.6 long and 68.5 inches it boasts a considerably larger A MINI measures 145.6 by

By 2011 standards, the CR-Z is a lightweight.

It utilizes a 1.5-liter with variable valve (VTEC in Honda-speak), derived the Honda Fit’s mull, here to a 10 kW electric motor. the two units produce 122 horsepower and 128 of torque when hooked up to the six-speed manual transmission lb-ft. with the optional Like most hybrids, the engine clicks off at stop and provides some boost acceleration while serving as a during braking or coasting.

it won’t do is move under its own using only the electric Still, fuel economy is at 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the or 31/37 mpg with the stick.

This isn’t the first Honda has tried making a aimed at a mainstream audience, or at one outside of the green car niche. The Hybrid lasted for three years (2005-2007), but failed to on with the buying public offering a sub-7 second sprint and about 30 mpg combined. The represents a thorough rethink of performance by offering expressive in a dedicated sporty car package

Three CR-Z variants be availalbe, each in a handful of colors and all with silver-tinted seats. The base model a decent level of equipment alloy wheels and automatic control, while the EX adds a stereo, leather around the wheel and Bluetooth. The EX-Navi — you guessed it — a dated voice-activated navigation

Hybrid performance?

Like the CRX, the CR-Z wasn’t to take on Dodge Challengers and Mustangs. Instead, Honda on making the little two door a docile puppy dog that can in the corners when called Agility reigns supreme

Sitting low in the especially supportive seats, the CR-Z’s dashboard neatly around the driver. The isn’t necessarily artistic, but the command center is nonetheless and convenient. No control is a long away from the driver from the far side of the audio unit.

But the most important buttons to familiar with are on the left of the steering wheel — Normal and Econ. Their are obvious; press Sport for steering resistance and more response and press Eco for borderline weak performance aimed at consumption. The system reverts to after every restart, so get to pressing Sport before off if driving is your thing.

Sport engaged, the CR-Z’s is rapidly responsive, endowing the personal coupe with the of a genuine compact sportster. feel isn’t its forte, but with a simple-is-better suspension struts up front with an torsion beam out back), the CR-Z is genuinely entertaining to into corners.

Better the standard six-speed manual to account for around a quarter of all is delightfully pleasing to chuck the nicely spaced gears. It the overall precision of, say, a unit, but it matches nicely a well-weighted clutch.

Don’t for rip-roaring performance, but the little powertrain is a veritable torque at lower rpms. Honda love to sing up high in the rev but we found more joy in keeping the under 3,000 rpm, it emits a raspy growl and enough vibration into the to qualify as sporty, not unrefined.

The optional CVT is among the better experienced, but we’ll reserve judgment for a more extended in the near future.

Two’s a

With its tossable nature and car-like performance, the CR-Z to be compared to the MINI Cooper. that’s not a good thing. The has room for four, but the CR-Z is a two person affair. Europe and get a small back seat, North America gets a shelf. Trust us, we’re the ones.

An average size simply won’t fit in the JDM CR-Z’s area. It’s not a matter of it’s a matter of impossibility.

we get a flop-down partition that the CR-Z decent room for a away — about cubic feet with the stowed. You won’t fit much of a back there beyond a overnight bag. But with the airlines charge for checked these days, maybe the limited cargo capacity help save a few bucks.

Practical for a family of four, the is not. But that’s not the point

Why you would buy it:

Always an early you think (rightly so, we estimate) is on to something with the world’s hybrid sports car.

Why you

You’ve got MINI fever.

bottom line

By defining a new niche, Honda has channeled one of its important and most respected to help legitimize the concept of a sports car. In an era where feel and sporty suspensions a back seat to lowered and reduced fuel consumption, the manages to remind us that possible to have fun while less.

And that’s not just it doesn’t have a back

2011 Honda CR-Z price, $19,800 (estimated).

A 1985 Honda CRX Si

Although doesn’t necessarily bill the as a reincarnated CRX, the automaker that only someone who through the ’80s and early would think otherwise. on the connection, the automaker resuscitated a fresh 1985 CRX Si from its California museum and allowed us to it for a quick spin.

Weighing in at about 1,900 the CRX is a study in simplicity. Luxuries are — how about an ashtray and and a graphic equalizer for the AM/FM/cassette

Hustled through the curves of California, the CRX reveals its true Despite its surprisingly plush and ride, the CRX is as positively connected to the as any sports car costing ten times its list price. The large wheel seems archaic by standards, but it serves up gobs of unassisted feel, while a throw five-speed manual makes the most of the available 91 from a 1.5-liter four-banger.

The CRX is undiluted fun.

As for a CR-Z Si? executives have their sealed. But we saw that glimmer in eyes. And we like it.


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