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Honda CR-Z - A Hybrid That's Fun To Drive

Everybody on the street seems to approve Honda’s new creation, but no one knows it’s a hybrid.
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
Overview:
The Honda CR-Z, also known as the first hybrid sports car, is a compact hybrid electric automobile manufactured by Honda. The CR-Z is regarded as the spiritual successor to the second generation Honda CR-X in both name and exterior design.

It is rated one of Europe's safest cars after independent crash test results from Euro NCAP, and in the U.S., is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

Currently, CR-Z is the only gasoline-electric hybrid model comes with a manual transmission.
 
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
Exterior style:
When look at the CR-Z, you get the distinct notion that: this car simply looks like nothing else on the road. From the raked rear window inspired by the CR-X, to the pointy rear lights and bulges distributed in key areas - it's absolutely unique and cannot be mistaken from other cars.

The exterior of CR-Z shares its basic structure and suspension design with the Honda's current Insight hybrid. However, Honda has made the CR-Z shorter by about a foot, widened the track slightly and reduced overall height by a couple inches. You may at first think that the trimming reduces a lot curb weight, but in fact the CR-Z only weighs about 80 pounds fewer than the Insight, however, the end result of all this is that Honda has indeed created a sporty hybrid.

The CR-Z looks sharp and is fun to drive around town thanks to its small size and quick steering. In general, the CR-Z is still one of the most nimble cars you can buy today.
 
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
Interior design:
The Honda CR-Z comes with three versions: base, EX and EX with navigation. The base version equipped standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, hill-start assist (manual transmission), automatic climate control, full power accessories, manual seats with driver-side height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a six-speaker CD audio system (with steering-wheel controls and USB/auxiliary audio jacks).

For the EX versions, Honda has added xenon headlights, fog-lights, heated side mirrors, metallic interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker premium audio system. With extra bucks, you can get a voice-activated navigation system, 17-inch wheels, performance tires and satellite radio.
 
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
Power & Performance:
Under the hood, the CR-Z comes with Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system, which means that the engine acts like a turbo with the electric motor boosting the 1.5 L gasoline engine, resulting in a combined output of 122bhp at 6000 rpm (The gasoline motor itself outputs only 111 bhp at 6000 rpm)

A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters is optional. There are also three different driving modes: Sport, Normal and Econ. With the Sport you can increase steering weight, the Econ has a softer acceleration and steering and with Normal you are somewhere between the other two.

According to 2011 EPA rating, the CR-Z can get 31 mpg on city road and 37 mpg on the highway with manual transmission. The model equipped with CVT transmission has a rating of 35 miles per gallon for city driving and 39 miles per gallon for highway. It is ranked number four on 2011 EPA top ten list of fuel efficient vehicles for CVT equipped model and number ten for manual transmission equipped mode.
 
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
The driving experience:
Driving the CR-Z is comfortable, confident and agile for a hybrid. Its well-balanced chassis and light 2,600 lb curb weight make it agile and it absolutely sticks to the ground in the corners.

But if you're expecting sharp handling like a Civic Si, you're going to be disappointed.

However, if you lower your expectations a little, you'll find the CR-Z reasonably fun to drive. The steering, though not hugely informative, is precise and is undeniably some of the most heavily weighted this side of a Lamborghini Murcielag. The brake system is controlled by software modulating regeneration and friction braking, means it is a better braking system than in other hybrids. The power from the hybrid powertrain is certainly sufficient, and you will feel a little more energetic than driving the other cars due to the burst of extra torque from the electric motor at low speed.
 
Honda CRZ A Hybrid Thats Fun To Drive
In conclusion:
Base model start at $19,200, while a nicely equipped EX with the CVT goes for $21,410.

My opinion: It’s perfectly targeted at younger urban buyers and its priced right too, so get one and you will have extremely fun with it.
 
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