2011 Honda CR-Z Overview
In the 1980s, Honda introduced the hatchback CRX which combined sporty looks with remarkable fuel economy, and became an instant cult favorite among many car buyers. Honda is looking to recapture that magic with the CRX’s spiritual successor, the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z.
The 2011 CR-Z runs on a hybrid gas/electric powertrain. The CR-Z’s electric engine combines with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine to produce 122-horsepower and 123 pounds-feet of torque through a front wheel drive system. Fuel economy is a focus on the CR-Z, and it delivers 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway when outfitted with the continuously variable transmission. The CR-Z is also notable for offering a six-speed manual transmission, the first production hybrid to do so, for a more connected driving experience and keeping up with Honda’s designation of the CR-Z as a “sport hybrid.”
Even with the added weight that a hybrid system brings, the CR-Z still weighs in at a slim 2,637 pounds. Combined with its sport tuned suspension and steering, the CR-Z mixes the right elements together for a tidy driving package. Its sleek styling, with an upward sloping belt line and pronounced fenders, gives the two-seater an aggressive stance. The CR-Z also retains the split liftgate window found on the original CRX.
The interior of the 2011 CR-Z is very futuristic in nature and execution, with blue ambient lighting emanating from the dash and some center console controls. Standard features include power windows and locks, keyless entry, automatic climate control, and a CD stereo with a USB audio interface. A step up to the EX trim level brings Bluetooth connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and an optional navigation system.
Behind the front seats are two storage bins, with a foldable back that opens up to the trunk area giving the CR-Z excellent cargo flexibility for a two seat sports hatchback. The large rear liftgate is also accommodating of larger items that need to be stowed.
Safety in the CR-Z comes in the form of seat-mounted side-impact and side curtain airbags, active head restraints, antilock four-wheel disc brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.
The new 2011 Honda CR-Z is one of the hottest cars coming out this year, with its decidedly sporty nature belying the hybrid efficiency underneath. Now you can save gas and have fun doing it.