Honda CR-Z Priced Under $20,000

2011 Honda CR-Z (c) American Honda Motor Company

Honda’s new 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe is scheduled to go on sale August 24, 2010 at a base price of $19,200 plus a $750 destination charge. Described by Honda as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient performance, the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine combined with Honda’s compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system.

Combined with a 6-speed transmission, the CR-Z is the first mass-produced hybrid to be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shifting. Fuel-economy estimates are 31/37 city/highway with the 6-speed manual and 35/39 city/highway with the CVT.

Turning the focus to the driver, the CR-Z features a new 3-mode drive system that allows the driver to configure the vehicle’s responsiveness for Sport, Normal or Economy driving modes. Driver efficiency tools include Eco Assist and Eco Scoring, which help drivers to drive more efficiently and compare fuel economy to previous trips as well as the life of the vehicle.

2011 Honda CR-Z (c) American Honda Motor Company

A two-seat vehicle, the CR-Z follows in the footsteps of two earlier Honda vehicles, the fuel-efficient CRX from the 1980s and Honda’s first hybrid, the 2-seat Insight. While the original CRX was produced long before the first hybrid production car, it was a sporty, fuel-efficient two-seater that was economical but still fun to drive.

CR-Z standard equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist, an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, and cruise control. The CR-Z EX adds a 360-watt AM/FM/CD high-power audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2 Comments

  1. CeeDragon says:

    I’m having a hard time seeing the value proposition in this car. I think the Honda Fit Sport has the equivalent fun rating, gets 27/33 mpg, and it starts at $16,400. Hard to justify the extra cash upfront compared to slightly higher fuel economy in this hybrid.

    In compact fun cars, the benchmark is the GTI. I had the 5th generation for 3 years and loved every minute in it. Can’t imagine a car enthusiast passing up the GTI for the CR-Z.

    Applaud Honda’s efforts to do something different and bring some fun into the hybrid category, but this seems like a half-hearted effort, kind of like the mild hybrids that GM recently put out.

  2. SB9T says:

    seems differnt..