Pros HID lights, six speed manual
Cons Very poor rear visibility, car looks bloated from some angles, too underpowered and slow, dated navigation system.. Should have a gasoline ony version as an option as this review is correct when it states the hybrid system does little for this car (it wou
Summary If you are considering buying this car--consider the Veloster as it appears to be everything the CR-Z should have been and has a rear seat. And for those of you who want more power the Veloster will offer a turbo version.Another "con" the car earned rather poor crash test ratings under the latest NHSTA tests.
Updated on Jul 16, 2011
Pros Good handling
Summary Honda's new CR-Z can be considered Honda's answer to the Smart Car and while the CR-Z is about $4k more expensive than the Smart both cars are relatively similar. Both the Smart and CR-Z have about the same fuel economy of 36mpg. Both the Smart and CR-Z are very nimble in terms of handling. Both the Smart and CR-Z seat only two people. The differences begin with visibility. The Smart has all around better visibility than the CR-Z and that's the only category where it beats the CR-Z hands down. The CR-Z has much better trunk space and you can actually do some grocery shopping where as in the Smart, you might fit two frozen pizzas in the back. The CR-Z's acceleration may be dull beyond belief (10+ sec), but it will beat the Smart's 0-60 time by about 3 seconds.
Overall, the CR-Z can be considered a car that does nothing well. It's hybrid fuel economy leaves much to be desired and it's performance is equally lack-luster.
In the battle for worst of the worst, the Smart Car can still be considered the worst car for the money. Honda's CR-Z is not too far away though and when the Smart finally gets thrown out of the American market, it will be the CR-Z that holds the worst of the worst title.
If you want to do yourself a favor, buy a Mazda Speed 3 for about the same money as a CR-Z. It might not get the same fuel economy as the CR-Z but it definitely out perform most of the cars on the road.
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