If you think small, inexpensive hybrids are long on economy and short on fun, slip your skeptical self behind the wheel of a Honda CR-Z. While it's no Subaru BRZ, the 2014 CR-Z is a fun, sporty and efficient commuter car, forged in the tradition of the classic Honda CRX of the 1980s and `90s. The front-drive CR-Z is a 2-door hatchback with room for just two people but with a pretty big cargo hold. Unlike the compact and lightweight CRX, the CR-Z employs a more substantial platform to accommodate both the hybrid drivetrain and the additional safety features required of today's cars. While there are more efficient hybrid cars, not many of them are as stylish or fun to drive, and you certainly won't find them with a manual transmission.
By skilogan on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great MPG, Fun Handling, Good Looks, Fairly Priced"
Cons: "Sluggish Acceleration, Little Storage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car with the sole purpose of using it to drive back and forth to work. Since purchasing, I have found to enjoy this little car so much that I drive it more often than any of my vehicles. I drive 85 miles (170 miles round trip) each day to work and average about 4,900 miles/month. I have tracked all of my fuel and overall associated costs for this car to see how I am doing. Since I bought this car, I have averaged 42mpg with the best tank being 46.7mpg and the worst tank being 32.6mpg. In the spreadsheet that I created to track all of my costs, I have determined that this car literally pays for itself when compared to the cost of driving my Toyota Tacoma over the same amount of mileage (to date, I have saved over $9k in fuel costs alone). This car is extremely economical, but still a fun little car that can handle some winding roads with ease. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a cheap & fun little car, but not for anyone with intentions of using it as a family car."
22 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By spyderbite9001 on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
"I've owned 2 hondas in my life. An 08 Civic EX Coupe automatic and an 11 CR-Z EX w/o navi manual. Of the two, I like various things about them. My perspective is taken after owning both. Pros for the CR-Z. Its much more nimble, though roughly the same weight, its body lean is much less than the Civic. Its also quicker off the line and passing on the freeway is much much easier, I dont even downshift, the "sport" mode takes care of it for me. Excellent fuel economy. I get ~39 mpg average, and my daily commute is all city ~11miles each way. Neutral- The sun visors are equally cheap in both cars. But thats the way it is for all honda's under 25k, so its a tie. The interior styling is futuristic and really neat in both cars. I like them equally. The digital speedometer is AWESOME! I just love it. The steering wheel in both is great. The CR-Z is a tad narrower but the leather feel is great and makes up for its rather puny size compared to the Civic. The alloy rims are really nice as are all EX stuff that comes with both cars. Definately a "must" addon to either vehicle, the value is there. Just like the civic, the passenger is left totally bored. There is nothing for the passenger to do but change his vents. Its all driver centric, pro or con, you decide, but my wife is totally bored over there. Must have ipad in glovebox (which fits in both btw) Both have ample trunk space. I love them, but the CR-z has a slight advantage in that its temp controlled and always accessible from cockpit. Cons- The civic seats were bigger and better for touring. The CR-Z seats are shorter in the seat, so someone of my size (6'2") has a rough time keeping comfortable after several hours. The battery is too small. Only .6kWh means you drain it if you floor it on the onramp. And when that battery isnt helping, that motor is too under powered. That makes it a tad slower than the civic for long accelerations. The vehicle also only charges when in gear. So if you want to charge the battery without moving your SOL. Its a bummer its not plugin, so dont think you're going to race more than 2, 1/4 mile stretches with battery."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By zzpot on Friday, October 21, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good mileage, Sporty look and feel"
Cons: "ROAD NOISE! no armrest, Sluggish"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Quick and zippy but has no real power. Even in sport mode the car seems sluggish once the initial torque from the electric motor runs out. The 6 speed version may be more fun to drive but the CVT really takes some of the driving feeling out of it. The suspension is lacking in both comfort and performance. This car has a good deal of body roll in tight turns and the road noise is unforgivable. Let's not forget though that this is a hybrid and honestly we just are not quite there yet as far as merging a power and economy. Bottom line, great fun solution for a boring long commute just remember when you wish you had more power that it only takes $30 to fill and that will get you around 400 miles."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful