Consumer Reviews Summary
3 of 3 (100%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2014 Honda CR-Z Overview
- Two-seat, sporty hybrid
- Added extra horsepower and torque in 2013
- One of the few hybrids with a manual transmission option
The sporty 2014 Honda CR-Z combines sportiness and fuel economy in a hybrid package that Honda touts as still being fun to drive. Last year, the CR-Z doubled up on this mission by adding both fuel efficiency and extra horsepower/torque, good news to new car buyers.
The performance gains come thanks to some engine improvements and a new lithium-ion battery pack which provides greater voltage to the electric motor. All told, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder and the electric motor combine to produce 130-horsepower and 140 pounds-feet of torque in models with the six-speed manual (127 pounds feet with the CVT). Speaking of the six-speed manual, the CR-Z is currently the only hybrid on the market to offer a manual transmission for a more engaged driving experience.
Also added in 2013 was the “Plus Sport System” which places an “S+” button on the right side of the steering wheel. When the battery is charged to over 50%, pressing this button gives the CR-Z a boost of power from the battery for five seconds, great for passing on the highway or for some extra oomph coming out of a corner.
Fuel economy ratings check in at 36/39 mpg city/highway with the CVT and 31/38 mpg city/highway with the manual.
From the outside, the CR-Z’s wedge shape is aggressive and somewhat of an homage to the old CRX. Up front, a new grille and front bumper with more pronounced air inlets and fog light recesses were added in 2013 to augment the car’s sportiness. LED daytime running lights are optional, as are 17-inch alloy wheels and heated side mirrors.
The 2014 CR-Z offers seating for two passengers inside a futuristic interior that is swathed in blue ambient light. Instead of a traditional center console, controls for the ventilation system are mounted on a pod to the right of steering wheel while a pod to the left contains the different drive settings. Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a backup camera. A navigation system with SMS text message functionality and a leather wrapped steering wheel are optional.
The CR-Z also comes with plenty of standard safety features, such as active head restraints, six airbags, and an electronic stability system, and won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.