New Car Review

2015 Honda CR-Z: New Car Review

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2015 Honda CR-Z
Used 2015 Honda CR-Z
$14,790
RELATED READING
See all Honda CR-Z articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader February 2015

Most hybrid cars are all about fuel economy and practicality, but that's not the case with the 2015 Honda CR-Z. Instead, Honda's little hatchback focuses more on style and sportiness, giving up a larger interior and an all-out focus on gas mileage in order to be the fun hybrid. Honda has other models, the Civic Hybrid and the Insight, for the practical, fuel-efficient side of the hybrid world.

Does the CR-Z accomplish its goal of adding excitement to a hybrid? Yes and no, as we explain below. In short, it's a valiant effort and a lot more enjoyable than many hybrid rivals, but don't buy this car if you're expecting the performance of a Corvette or a Ferrari, because you won't get it. Instead, consider the CR-Z as a stylish, exciting alternative to many of today's mainstream hybrids, and enjoy that you can look good and have fun while returning nearly 40 miles per gallon.

What's New for 2015?

The CR-Z is unchanged for 2015.

What We Like

Distinctive design; unique driving experience

What We Don't

Tiny interior space; neither sporty nor exceptionally fuel efficient

How Much?

$21,000-$22,900

Fuel Economy

All CR-Z models use a 1.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder engine that makes 130 horsepower. When equipped with a manual transmission, the engine is good for 140 lb-ft of torque; with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), it offers 127 lb-ft. Fuel economy is 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the manual or 36 mpg city/39 mpg hwy with the CVT.

Standard Features & Options

The CR-Z offers two trim levels. There's a standard-level model simply called the CR-Z, and there's an upscale CR-Z EX.

The CR-Z ($21,000) includes alloy wheels, keyless entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, automatic climate control, Bluetooth audio, full power accessories (mirrors, locks and windows) and an iPod/USB interface.

Step up to the CR-Z EX ($22,900), and you'll get automatic headlights, an upgraded audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, improved interior trim and heated mirrors.

Like most Honda models, the CR-Z doesn't offer many options. In fact, there's only one option: a touchscreen navigation system with voice control that's only available on the EX. Drivers can also choose between a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission.

Safety

The CR-Z has dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front and side airbags with Honda's Occupant Position Detection System on the passenger side and side-curtain airbags. Active head restraints and anti-lock brakes complete the safety package. The front of the small CR-Z's chassis also has an injury-mitigation design for pedestrians and what Honda calls its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which helps absorb and disperse energy in the event of a front-end crash.

In government testing, the CR-Z earned four overall stars out of a possible five. That includes five stars in the rollover test, four stars in the frontal-impact assessment and three stars in the side-impact test.

Behind the Wheel

Honda has touted the CR-Z as a sport hybrid, but in spite of its sport-inspired features, the CR-Z isn't very sporty. It's quite agile, however, gripping corners confidently, and the engine sounds energetic at higher revolutions per minute. The most fun part, when drivers notice the power boost from the hybrid system, is right off the line. Acceleration in Sport mode is peppy, but above 20 miles per hour, any high-performance feel in the CR-Z is limited.

Drivers looking to achieve both a sporty driving experience and fuel efficiency may be disappointed with the CR-Z. When making the most of the CR-Z's limited sporting attributes in the city, drivers will achieve an mpg rating that's closer to the mid-20s than the mid-30s claimed by Honda. If customers come at it from a different mentality, however, they'll find the CR-Z much more enjoyable. We think the best word to describe the CR-Z is "quirky."

The CR-Z is small, light and nimble, and you can't directly compare it to any other vehicle on the market. Yes, there are other subcompacts out there, but the CR-Z provides a completely different motoring experience than anything else on the road. Drivers should settle in and enjoy the CR-Z for what it actually is: one part go-kart, one part spaceship and one part hybrid.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Toyota Prius c -- With only 99 hp from its gasoline-electric powertrain, the 5-door Prius c hatchback is far from sporty, but at 53 mpg city/46 mpg hwy, the littlest Prius model is superthrifty on fuel. The Prius c is also reasonably priced, and unlike the CR-Z, it has a back seat.

2014 Mazda2 -- The Mazda2 is not a hybrid, but it is a sporty little hatchback that's a kick in the pants to drive. With five doors, a manual transmission and an optional neon-green paint color, the Mazda2 gives the CR-Z a run for its money.

Used Mazda MX-5 Miata -- The MX-5 Miata doesn't offer a hybrid drivetrain, but it's a 2-seat sports car that provides exactly the fun we suspect many CR-Z shoppers are interested in. More importantly, it manages more than 20 mpg.

Used Toyota Prius -- If you're after fuel economy more than excitement, consider the Prius. It offers better gas mileage than the CR-Z, along with a larger interior and more room for cargo, but the driving experience hardly matches the CR-Z's.

AutoTrader's Advice

For customers enamored with the 2015 Honda CR-Z's distinctive looks and driving feel, we recommend that they step up to the EX with navigation. Featuring a 6-speed manual transmission and Honda's satellite navigation system with voice recognition, the CR-Z features all the sporting and technological features that an eco-conscious urban driver could want.

Find a Honda CR-Z for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2015 Honda CR-Z
Used 2015 Honda CR-Z
$14,790
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2015 Honda CR-Z: New Car Review - Autotrader