When most people hear the word “hybrid” they don’t usually think “sporty,” “fun” or “fast.” But, that’s just what you’ll find behind the wheel of the
2015 Honda CR-Z 2-seat
hybrid. Molded in the tradition of the classic CRX commuter car, the CR-Z modernizes the formula with a hybrid powertrain, a more substantial body and the latest in safety and infotainment equipment. Although the CR-Z can accommodate only two people, it offers plenty of room for long legs and a decent cargo area under its
hatchback door. It’s also the only compact hybrid to offer the option of a 6-speed manual. Because the CR-Z doesn’t look or perform like a boring economy car, you can satisfy your need to be green without sacrificing your love of driving.
Although the 2015 CR-Z remains unchanged from last year’s car, Honda’s HPD Street Performance division now offers the option of a dealer-installed supercharger kit. The kit will fit 2013 and 2014 models as well and bumps output to 197 horsepower, up from 130 horsepower in the stock car.
The Honda CR-Z sees a number of revisions for the 2013 model year. Chief among them are a new lithium-ion battery pack, freshened front-end styling, a modest horsepower increase from 122 to 130, and an expanded list of standard features.
2011 Honda CR-Z is the only two-seat
hybrid in the market today and the only hybrid available with a six-speed manual transmission. And while there isn't a specific class for sporty hybrids, the CR-Z loosely competes with a diverse group of cars that ranges from the sporty Mini Cooper to the mileage-maxing
Owned a few hondas but this is my 1st hybrid.
By runningwithbigdogs on Thursday, October 27, 2016
"I love this car. I get many compliments and blank stares as most people cannot figure out what car maker it is. It is great on gas and easy to park and drive, I love the backup camera. I checked out multiple car makers before driving this and buying it on site. It is one of the smartest purchases I have ever made! I personally give it a full 10 stars."
"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."