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2014 Honda CR-Z KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $20,815

Fair Purchase Price $18,111
Fair Market Range ($18,053 - $18,848)

Invoice $19,867

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KBB Expert Rating 7.6 / 10
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KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors - Updated Date: 10/21/2013

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking to satisfy your green side, but you can't abide driving a generic hybrid like the Prius or Insight, the 2014 Honda CR-Z deserves a long look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you have room for only one car, the CR-Z's lack of a back seat might make it a tough car to live with. There are more fuel-efficient hybrids out there and more powerful high-mileage cars, such as the diesel-powered VW Golf TDI.

What's New for 2014

After a major upgrade last year, Honda lets the CR-Z sail into 2014 unchanged.

Driving It Driving Impressions

If you're hoping to experience the same agile performance attributed to the old CRX in its heyday, you're going to be somewhat disappointed. That's not to say the CR-Z hybrid for 2014 isn't fun to drive, it's just a heavier car that leans more toward comfort and economy than all-out performance. The CR-Z's electric motor adds a big dose of "go" in pure torque, which helps with acceleration from a stop or when passing. The CR-Z's handling and braking qualities are vastly superior to most hybrids and should go a long way to satisfy those who know the difference between driving a car and steering one. With Honda's 3-mode drive system, drivers can select between an efficiency-friendly Econ mode, a balanced Normal mode or a responsive Sport mode. Accelerator-pedal response is damped and the steering feel is lighter in Econ mode, while Sport mode increases steering effort and throttle response for a very un-hybrid-like driving experience.

Favorite Features

Similar to automotive video games of yore, the Sport Plus button found in the 2014 CR-Z primes the powertrain for a quick burst of power to assist with passing or merging moves.

Although it comes with a slight penalty in fuel economy, we liked the crisp shifts and close gear ratios of the standard 6-speed transmission.

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