Pros Its no fuel sipping Prius, but its also not as boring. This car won't take the kids to soccer practice, but I tell you what, no matter where you're driving to, you can enjoy getting their fast AND efficiently. I've got the EX with the 6-speed manual and a
Cons The power is a bit pawltry, but a couple cheap aftermarket mods can bring it up really fast thanks to the VTEC engine and sport mode. A cold air intake, and exhaust is ~$1k, but you'll see >10% increase in power with no weight addition. The battery in
Summary The HID lamps and the upgraded stereo make it worth the cost for the EX. If you were to install the HID lamps yourself its ~$500 in dealer parts, and if you dont do the labor, its even more expensive. The extra power and the woofer from the upgraded sound system is also GREAT! I'd stay away from the CVT transmission. Its boring, slow and nowhere near as much fun as the stick. The gears are useful in such wide ranges that even in stop and go traffic, the car is nimble and quick without shifting every 3 seconds. Overall, I love this car, I want another one (waiting for the Mugen with the supercharger) but with kids in my future, I'm probably going to go with a 4-door.
I love it, dont listen to the tainted review of CNET. Go drive one, skip the nav system (its terrible) and get a clearbra on it, you'll be happy you did.
Pros Level of comfort
Cons No leather seating available.
Pros I live in Florida and when the weather in not extremely hot the my 2011 Honda CR-Z runs great but ....
Cons when the weather starts to get hot, the IMA in my car gets Loud, noisy sound and begins to malfunction. The car looses it's performance ability and becomes sluggish especially in stop and go traffic. The sound coming from the engine compartment sounds as
Summary Avoid these cars at all costs, definitely look else where for a more reliable hybrid. The Honda CR-Z has the same IMA system as the Honda Civic and that Hybrid has also had many weather/heat related problems effecting the battery and IMA system in the Honda Hybrid cars.
Honda At The Avenues in Jacksonville Florida is where I bought this car and they are doing Nothing to remedy my car problems. They are telling me it is normal for the IMA to do these things. My complaint is the erratic performance of the IMA system is causing the car to be unreliable.
So taking a long drive or a trip in this car is not advisable because there is not telling when the car will start having IMA issues because it is an intermittent problem, that seems to be caused by the hot weather making the car engine and IMA get too hot to function properly in my Honda CR-Z.
Is anyone else having this problem with their 2011 Honda CR-Z?
Pros Looks, tightness, interior room and handling
Cons rear visibility, so-so performance
Summary It's fun to drive to work and back. It gets 40 mpg, 360 watt stereo, good handling with out a rough ride. It doesn't look like everything else out there.
Pros A six-speed manual Hybrid!? Tons of fun, even if it's not the highest horsepower. Handling is pretty great, all in all everything I hoped for for great drives on mountain roads.
Cons Only two seats. But I'm single, so why not?
I really wish it had a sunroof.
Summary I know lots of people scoff at this car, either for a lack of performance, a lack of efficiency, price, whatever. But it is a perfect blend for many of us who don't want big vehicles, and want to enjoy driving. Drive one for yourself, and see if the compromises work for you. I was really considering a mini, or just a Civic coupe, but after I test drove my CRZ, I was hooked. I thought 2 seats was too impractical, but there is plenty of storage space (When I bought it, I emptied out an Altima with a full trunk and backseat, fitting snugly into the CRZ), and really, how often to I use the back seat for extra passengers? Rear visibility isn't the best, but you get used to it.
I love mine for many reasons, from the handling, the sport, normal, and eco modes, and the wonderful feeling of the clutch and shifter. The EX model I bought had the perfect level of trim for me, fairly minimalistic, but with some great little features, from the stereo to the wheels (Love being able to leave a thumb drive full of mp-3s connected to the stereo). I usually drive it in eco mode, and try to really millk the gas, but having sport mode when you want to get up and go, or just let out a little aggression on a windy road is just priceless. Sure, it's not an actual sports car, but when you consider it's just at 20k, it's a heck of a deal. Sometimes I wish I could get the mileage of a prius, but everytime I see one of those cookie-cutters on the road, I am very happy with the choice I made, especially when I blast through the gears quickly at a stoplight. This car turns heads. I just had a guy in a 30k roadster pulling up to alongside me, scoping out my car for a mile a mile. And I doubled his gas mileage. It's not a car for everyone, but if you "get it," You'll really get it.
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