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