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2012 Honda CR-Z Overview

Now in its second year, the 2012 Honda CR-Z coupe returns virtually unchanged to continue to fight the perception that “hybrid” has to mean “boring.”

And it almost does it based on looks alone. The two-seat CR-Z features some of the boldest styling to be found in Honda’s lineup, with a large front grille and intake, wide stance, and a forward swept profile that makes the CR-Z look like it’s always in a hurry. 16-inch wheels and LED taillights come standard, while HID headlight, 17-inch wheels, and fog lights are optional. The CR-Z competes with other small compacts that put an emphasis on drivability and fuel efficiency, like the Mini Cooper and Mazda2.

Under the hood the 2012 CR-Z features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that combines with an electric motor to produce 122-horsepower. The engine also features a stop/start system that will shut down the gas engine when the car is stopped to conserve fuel. Another unique feature of the CR-Z: it is the only hybrid on the market with a manual option. Choose between the six-speed manual and a CVT. When driving, choose between three modes: Sport, Normal, and Econ. Each of these modes adjusts the CR-Z’s engine and handling characteristics depending on what you’re in the mood for at that moment.

Fuel economy numbers vary depending on transmission. With the CVT equipped, the CR-Z checks in at 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Numbers dip slightly with the manual, down to 31 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Inside, the CR-Z carries a futuristic look and a driver oriented cabin. The climate controls are even mounted on a small dial that juts out from the instrument panel, and the blue ambient lighting adds to the racy feel. Plenty of features come standard on the CR-Z, including automatic climate control, USB audio interface and auxiliary audio input jack, and power windows and locks. Also available is Bluetooth® connectivity and a navigation system.

Safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and active head restraints.

With its unique six-speed manual, futuristic looks inside and out, and plenty of technology, the 2012 Honda CR-Z is anything but boring.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 31 MPG
  • Highway: 37 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: ***

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

11 of 11 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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