2011 Honda CR-Z Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The CR-Z is an all-new model built upon updated platforms and systems already utilized across Honda’s lineup. Built upon the global small car platform that underpins the Fit and Insight, the CR-Z utilizes a modified version of the Fit’s CVT and 1.5-liter engine, in conjunction with the sixth-generation version of Honda’s IMA electric motor/battery system. The six-speed manual comes from the European-spec Civic.
The CRX “hot hatch” and the first hybrid Insight are the inspiration behind the Honda CR-Z coupe. It comes with a two passenger configuration, front-drive, and has a 1.5 L four-cylinder engine joined to a 14 hp electric motor. The latter combination is Honda’s integrated motor assist system resulting in 122 hp. The CR-Z has decent fuel efficiency ratings and has a sporty exterior. What it lacks in speed it makes up for with performance and good driving manners. The ride controls and the NVH are satisfactory, particularly when one compares the vehicle to the two passenger Honda Insight.
The CR-Z has an all-original 3 Mode Drive system that customizes engine, air-conditioning, and throttle response in order to induce greater fuel efficiency. The three modes offer normal and sporty performance. Although the six speed manual transmission is the preferred offering paddle shifters make the continuously variable transmission more exhilarating. Like its inspirational predecessors, the CR-Z lets the driver know when the optimal driving economy has been achieved through red, blue, and green light indications located behind the included digital.
The longish front overhang, wind-cheating Kamm back profile and rear window are all intentionally familiar and recall the second-gen CRX. The CR-Z’s 16-inch wheels come standard. EX models get auto on/off HID headlights and fog lights. U.S.-model CR-Z’s receive a parcel shelf instead of rear seats. A tilt-telescoping steering wheel and auto climate control come standard. EX adds Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and premium audio, though navigation is optional.
Exclusive to CR-Z is a special three mode drive system that provides for regular, sporty and fuel-saving vehicle performance. The hybrid powertrain does not make CR-Z fast, but this one does hold on after a bit of body roll. The 6-speed is the one you want, even though fuel economy is better for the ‘seven-speed’ paddle-shiftable CVT. CR-Z uses Honda’s special ACE body structure to maximize occupant protection during collisions. Driver and passenger have dual stage, multi threshold front and front side airbags. Side curtain airbags and traction/stability control also come standard.
Engine: 1.5L I-4 and 14-hp electric motor
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: CR-Z, CR-Z EX
EPA Fuel Economy
31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (manual); 36 mpg city / 37 mpg highway (CVT)
Price : $19,995 – $21,555