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1. A 1.5L i-VTEC 4-cylinder and 10-Kw electric motor combine to produce 122-hp and 128 ft-lbs of torque (123 ft-lbs with the CVT).
2. Honda’s IMA Hybrid system is a less advanced system than the one in the Prius. The car can’t operate on pure electric power, but does get electric assist, as well as a start-stop system and regenerative braking.
3. Fuel economy ranges from 35/39-mpg (city/highway) for the CVT and 31/37-mpg for the 6-speed manual.
4. Base models start at $19,200 while a nicely equipped EX with the CVT goes for $21,410.
5. The CR-Z is the only hybrid available with a manual transmission.
Considered another of Honda’s recent failures by many, the CR-Z is severely misunderstood – tragically perhaps. Purists will complain that the hybrid setup adds weight and cost to the product, but in both cases the additions are quite minor. But forget it’s a hybrid and it’s easy to love this clever package.
The CR-Z is not a sports car and it’s not a 50-mpg Prius. And it’s not a revolutionary bringing together of both – something that would no doubt be awesome, but cost twice as much. Instead the CR-Z is half way between, delivering a very cool and extremely fun to drive car that’s incredibly unique and easy on the environment. It’s perfectly targeted at younger urban buyers and its priced right too.
- Futuristic design inside and out
- Incredibly agile, but also quite refined
- Three drive modes deliver fun or efficiency
-More advanced hybrid system would help improve fuel economy and even performance
-Stick shift with start-stop takes some getting used to
-Bluetooth isn’t standard
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