Tag: Honda CR-Z
The Honda CR-Z hybrid hatch hearkens back to the classic Honda CRX. As one of Honda’s newest hybrid offerings, the CR-Z shares some of its underpinnings with fellow Honda stablemates including the Fit and Insight.
The sporty two-seat CR-Z hybrid is fairly new in the lineup, so not much has changed for 2012 Honda CR-Z except for new color combinations in Crystal Black Pearl models. The CR-Z is powered by a version of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, featuring a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 14-hp electric motor. Together they produce a total output of 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. EPA numbers are good for this hybrid, but if you’re looking for outright economy, the Civic Hybrid or Insight would be a better choice.
Exclusive to the CR-Z is the three-mode drive system that tailors throttle and steering response for sporty, normal or fuel saving performance. Just like in the new Insight and Civic hybrid, the CR-Z comes with efficiency tools, including Eco Assist and Eco Scoring, which lets drivers know whether they reach optimum driving economy with a set of color codes that illuminate behind the digital speedometer.