Pros Fun to drive, good on gas, Auto Stop
Cons No option of rear seat. IMA could use a little more power
Summary I think the reviewers are a little too harsh on this car. I've put about 1200 miles on mine and so far it seems to just get better with every tank fill up. I've been able to get well over what the EPA suggests you will get in this car. I bought it for it's economical features mostly so I use it mostly in Normal or Econ mode and have averaged 43 mpg combined. (That's with an occasional Sport mode here and there) I've also noticed on my current tank that it's hanging in the 55 mpg range when crusing at 45-50 mph.
I did not buy this car to drive fast, nor is it. It is more of a spirited ride and has plenty of freeway merging power. If you need to make a fast break, hit sport mode, go. If you're on the highway, hit Econ, cruise and watch mpg-o-meter rise up.
Overall I'm happy with the car, it's saving me a ton in gas with the amount I drive. If you need to save money in gas, want to have a fun to drive car, and can deal 2 seats. Ask yourself this, is there another hybrid with navigation for 23k? Final thoughts, get the manual transmission, CVT's are not fun.
Pros Of course miles per gallon (I hit an average 44 mpg on the interstate and 37 in traffic), Sport mode is FUN to drive in. It is like a different car with the added acceleration and tighter steering. It has decent storage space (especially for a 2 seater)
Cons Yeah it is tough to change lanes, you better look twice (maybe 3 times to be sure). Auto stop can get a bit annoying (but when you have a 1 minute+ red light you are waiting on it is nice to know you saved some gas unlike most people around you). No cen
Summary So I went to my Honda dealership and at first I wanted the CR-Z, but we could not agree on numbers so they made me a decent deal on a 2011 Civic LX. Well they wanted to get the car ready for me and I drove home a loaner Civic LX that evening. I then drove it to work the next day (34 mile commute one way) and I absolutely hated it. Much like my 2004 Corolla, it was boring and well boring...I was like wow the CR-Z was so much more fun to drive I sure do wish I had bought it, then I realized I had not taken delivery of the car so I called my sales guy back and at first he was not to happy, but we finished agreeing on a price for the CR-Z and when I came to the dealership I was actually excited about getting the car (my last two were not so exciting but good solid cars). After driving it to work the rest of the week I was loving every minute of driving. Getting 38 mpg average for the first tank of gas is great (especially considering I was playing with Sport mode a good bit). So the kids don't fit in the back, they are older and about to start driving soon (the wife has an SUV anyway) and that being said the wife is jealous of the new car. It is a bit low so when getting in and out be ready to stretch a bit, but it looks good and it is very fun to drive. I really cannot express how excited I am to have this car. I was very hesitant to even look at these because all the car review websites complain because it is not a "true" sports car or because it is not the most efficient hybrid. Well yeah, Honda wanted to give you the option. Drive it like a hybrid and you can crack 40+mpg easy. Drive it like a sports car and you will have fun, but get less mpg. Have a little fun here and there while driving smart most of the time and you have a good compromise. If you are hesitant to buy one based on all the negative press, just go drive one for yourself. I almost let the "car experts" talk me out of something that is so fun to drive.
"Love mine!"on by miaminate78
Pros Nice tech inside. Great interior and I'm averaging a little over 38 mpg... in sport mode. I love the sound system and while the nav is older, its iPod interface is nice.
Cons I miss the standard day/night rearview mirror and homelink. I also wish that Honda would give the option of Sirius instead of XM as I have a lifetime Sirius membership.
Summary Overall, the CR-Z reminds me of my CR-X. Yes, it doesn't offer the gas mileage of my CR-X, but it offers something the CR-X didn't... safety. With all the airbags, impact beams, crumple zones and such, it is a lot safer. In addition, it handles nice and when I smack it into Sport mode, I get a nice little rush! I'm very happy.
Pros It feels luxury inside, still mesmerized with bells/whistles. I drive my wife's Prius to work if my MR2 SC is out of order. Hard to get satisfied switching between Prius 47 MPG and SC MR2 25mpg. I did think one day there will be one and got yesterday
Cons Its not Supercharged, its not as quick but you could still get speeding ticket!
Its kinda hard to see the back with its limited vision, I got used to it, I might add a full time rear wide angle night/day vision video camera.
Summary Put 150 miles and starting to love it, It wasn't that expensive but it feels like one inside, smooth ride, sport like handling on cornering. Its wasn't like my Supercharged MR2 but I get 39 to 44 MPG without even trying, my old car is really very very quick, it cannot even handle its own speed and it suck!! yes it suck gasoline !!! And that is stock car. I have my wish, a HYBRID SPORTS CAR. Maybe the next model of this 2012, I wish they slap in appropriate size engine like 1.8L+80Kw motor= feels like 210 HP with broader torque compared to 210Hp engine only!!! Will be my next car after this, or maybe even same engine with Turbo!
"It's No CRX"on by SuperGeek81
Pros It was new
Cons Less MPG then 90 SI
less vroom then 90 SI
Summary I had this car for a day, i went to the local honda dealer, and explained that i wanted to trade in my 90 SI for it... I had bought the SI with a blown motor and did a B16A2 swap into it... The SI i get on average 33mpg city and 40, 45mpg highway, and it has enough go to roast a lot of other cars on the road. Its old now, and it is starting to show its age with its 400,000 miles on the body and 120,000 on the swap. The new CRZ is a nice car, it is built solid, it handles well, and it is all around a good commuter. But it lacks the charecter that made the CRX fun, it is no where near as fast, and for the cost, and the MPG that you get, i dont think i would buy one. For the price i would just get an Lx civic... I was disapointed... Im hoping they release an SI that has a little more buzz, which then, i may be in line to take that for a day... but until then i will just fix my SI... FYI my buddy has an HF that gets 60mpg on the highway... somehow i think honda dropped the ball on this one...
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