|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2011 Honda CR-Z
|EX Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||CVT||9.3 sec||17.3 sec @ 83 mph||35/39/34 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||6M||9.6 sec||17.2 sec @ 81 mph||31/37/36 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||6M||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 84.4 mph||31/37/33.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|EX Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||6M||8.6 sec||16.4 sec @ 83.7 mph||31/37/32 mpg||Road & Track|
|EX Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||CVT||10.5 sec||17.6 sec @ 80.1 mph||35/39/---- mpg||Road & Track|
|Hatchback||1.5L I-4 + Elec 10-kW 0.6-kWh||FWD||6M||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 83.6 mph||31/37/28.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Honda CR-Z
The Honda CR-Z is a hybrid car with a four-cylinder engine with fuel economy that has gotten mixed reviews from motoring experts. This two-seat hatchback coupe does get a lot of love for its futuristic look. The CR-Z is the lowest-selling model in the Japanese manufacturer’s line-up, unable to find its niche in the automobile industry.
Surprisingly, the Honda CR-Z is an award-winning sports car in Japan. In 2011, the CR-Z was named Car of the Year in Japan. Sales were also very overwhelming back then, with more than 10,000 units sold by the first quarter of 2010. However, the car was being criticized in the United States because of its lack of performance and poor fuel efficiency.
The Honda CR-Z has a 1.5 liter, four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Together, this system brings 130 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and a maximum torque of 140 pound-feet. A 144-volt lithium-ion battery brings power to the electric motor. The said electric motor gives additional power in acceleration, aside from acting as a generator when the vehicle brakes.
The car’s hybrid system features three driving programs- Economy, Normal and Sport. The person behind the wheel can choose from any of these driving modes depending on the performance required from the car. There’s another mode—the Plus Sport—which is available when the battery is charged at least by 50 percent. This mode delivers better acceleration.
The CR-Z is able to zoom from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.8 seconds, which is not exactly the most impressive figure in the sports cars category. The car has a six-speed manual transmission.
In terms of safety features, the CR-Z has the Honda trademarked Vehicle Stability Assist that adjusts brake pressure at every wheel and lessens engine power for better driver control. It also has anti-lock disc brake system, electronic brake distribution, and the standard airbags to lessen the likelihood of injuries during a collision.
Interior features of the car include Bluetooth handsfree system, SMS text message program, automatic climate control, and satellite-linked navigation system. The rearview mirror comes with a camera display. The car also has cruise control, power door locks, and illuminated window switches.
The sport seats of the CR-Z are well-bolstered and comfortable, although owners who like to customize their vehicles would be disappointed to learn that black is the only color scheme available for the leather seat option. But the car does get plus points for the well-planned climate control placed at the right of the steering wheel.
The Honda CR-Z looks every bit like a sports car. With a ‘one motion wedge’ concept design, the CR-Z looks like a car straight from a sci-fi movie. Many will like its wide-mouth grille and half-glass rear hatch. The car also has xenon headlights which are three times brighter compared to the standard halogen systems.
The steering is nice, making the CR-Z very easy to maneuver. The brakes should also feel good for most drivers. Some motorists may be disappointed with the suspension of the car. In terms of fuel economy, the CR-Z can go up to 31 miles per gallon for city driving and 38 mpg for highway driving with the manual transmission. But if the transmission is changed to CVT or continuously variable transmission, the numbers increase to 36 mpg for city driving and 39 mpg for highway driving.
As mentioned earlier, there are four driving modes that motorists can choose from. The Economy mode is the most efficient, while the Normal is balanced, and the sport mode is the most responsive. Be warned, however, that the sport mode can increase the steering wheel and throttle response.
The Sport Plus mode is perhaps the most fun for drivers, especially those who are quite aggressive on the road. When activated, the mode makes the CR-Z a powerful vehicle that can accelerate very quickly.
The Honda CR-Z is sold at a price of around $21,000. However customizing the car with features like satellite navigation and CVT will hike the price to around $25,000. The pricing of the car makes it comparable to a customized Mini Cooper. Other cars that are within the price range of the CR-Z are the Toyota Prius C and Hyundai Veloster.
While the Honda CR-Z has its good features, the problem is that there are a lot of sporty cars that are more fuel efficient than this model. Two recent models, the 2014 Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic are better in using fuel aside from providing more legroom. More impressively, the said models are also a lot cheaper than the CR-Z. For those who are looking for more sporty options, there’s the Chevy Sonic RS, Ford Fiesta ST, Fiat 500 Abarth, and the Mazda 2.
Because it is not the most fuel efficient sports car out there, it is not surprising that the Honda CR-Z has been unable to find its niche in the automobile market.
To learn more about Honda CR-Z, visit the official Honda website.
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