The Honda CR-Z is for those who want an eye-catching, futuristic-looking hybrid, but there are better options out there for those who seek greater fuel economy and a roomier interior.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the CR-Z EX through the mountains and valleys of the Pacific Northwest; with Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
Honda CR-Z ($19,995); CR-Z EX ($21,840); CR-Z EX with Navigation ($23,340); a CVT adds $650 to each price
1.5-liter inline-4; 15-kilowatt electric motor
6-speed manual; CVT
Safety equipment (standard):
dual-stage frontal airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with traction control, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Suzuka City, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Honda CR-Z EX MT Navi ($23,155)
automatic climate control, silver mesh fabric sport seats, power windows, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, information display, HID headlamps, foglights, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals, polished interior accents, ambient console lighting, 360-watt sound system
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.5-liter I4 with 15-kw electric motor
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
130 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
140 @ 1000-2000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
25.1 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
torsion beam axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar
vented disc/solid disc w ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 07, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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