Honda CR-Z Review

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This is Honda's attempt at a sporty hybrid, with only two seats instead of five. The smaller size and lighter weight don't translate to better fuel economy: This model rates lowest on our list (by a hair), at 35 mpg city/39 mpg highway. It also earns only a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, compared with five for the others.

With the CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Honda attempts to bring some sporty style and performance to the decidedly non-sporty hybrid genre. According to Honda CR-Z reviews, however, this model falls short both as a sports car and as a hybrid. A review from Motor Trend gives the car 2 out of 5 stars, saying it offers only "modest" performance and just isn't that fast overall. However, the reviewer does say that choosing the manual transmission option gives the car a little extra pep. In a review at Hybrid Cars, an expert compliments the car's sporty design and ample headroom but says it's pretty slow from a dead stop. At Kelley Blue Book, a review points out that the CR-Z's fuel efficiency is mediocre for a hybrid, and even some non-hybrid cars can match it.

The Honda CR-Z is a two-passenger car with a four-cylinder engine that combines with the electric motor for a total of 135 horsepower. This front-wheel drive car claims 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg highway. For a two-seater, it offers a comfortable 49.1 cubic feet of passenger room.

Experts seem to appreciate that Honda has tried to make the hybrid segment a little more fun, but it's clear they feel the effort has fallen short. Buyers interested in a sports car will not be satisfied with the Insight's speed and handling, and those who place a premium on fuel efficiency won't be impressed with the gas mileage. In trying to please both sports-car-inclined buyers and hybrid fans, Honda ends up pleasing neither.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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