Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Jan 24, 2011
Outside Magazine
Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Honda CR-Z Hybrid    Photo: Photo courtesy Honda

THE SELL: A sporty, fuel-sipping hybrid that's actually fun to drive.
THE TEST: It's no Lotus, but the compact, two-door CR-Z—the first hybrid with a stick shift—is a step up for eco-car handling. The supportive seats, snappy gear changes, and taut, athletic responsiveness made careering up and down the winding roads around Boulder, Colorado, a thrill—to a point. On a two-lane highway, the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, 122-hp engine got smoked by a passing minivan.
THE VERDICT: The CR-Z is the Justin Bieber of hybrids—it's fun and looks good, but it lacks guts, and the fuel efficiency isn't much better than a gas-powered Honda Civic's. Still, it's cooler than a Prius. $19,200; 31 mpg city/37 hwy (manual);

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