Thursday, August 5, 2010

2011 Honda CR-Z Overview

Vehicle Highlights

The 2011 Honda CR-Z is a new, sport-themed gas/electric hybrid from this Japanese automaker. CR-Z is a 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback that comes in Base and uplevel EX trims. It shares some elements of its basic design with the Honda Fit subcompact car and Honda Insight hybrid 4-door. Its sole engine is a 1.5-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engine that pairs with an electric motor for 122 horsepower total. CR-Z requires no plug-in charging, and the hybrid system can shut off the gasoline engine at a stop. The car is not capable of running solely on electric power. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a continuously variable (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front-side airbags, and curtain-side airbags. All CR-Z models have a "3-mode drive system," which drivers can change through buttons on the steering wheel. Normal mode is for everyday driving. "Econ" changes engine throttle response and electric-motor operation to prioritize fuel economy. "Sport" alters those same functions to suit performance driving. Automatic climate control and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel are standard. EX versions have a wireless cell-phone link. A navigation system is available on the EX, and versions so equipped are priced as separate models. This evaluation is based on preview test drives.


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