The CR-Z two-seat hybrid is based on the current Insight and uses a 122-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine. The electric power is used to enhance performance. We got 35 mpg overall in our tests, not terribly impressive for a hybrid. Handling isn't very sporty and the ride is jumpy. Rear visibility is compromised.
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A sweet, sweet ride by CRZ Lover on 10/15/2013. Trim: 2013 Honda CR-Z EX CVT, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Much better fuel mileage than advertised Awesome styling Sports Plus button is great for yellow lights at intersection Sound system is amazing Three mode driving system to suit your mood or road conditions
Cons: Kinda awkward getting in and out Limited rear visibility but easy to get use to Interior scuffs easily Small gas tank
Overall review: I'm so happy I bought the CRZ in February. It's one amazing looking car that's oh-so-fun to drive. As a lone commuter, like almost everyone else on the road, the two-seater CRZ has been perfect for me. After 6000 miles, the fuel economy remains much better than the official numbers. I get 49 mpg on NORMAL and 51 mpg on ECON. Not sure how Consumer Reports can only get 35 mpg. They must be mashing the gas and brakes in their test drives. Power in ECON and NORMAL has been adequate. When you ever need a quick burst of speed to pass, merge, beat a yellow light, or smoke an aggressive driver, punch the Sport + button and gas, and the CRZ will take off! So much fun! I don't drive SPORT mode much since the button gives me all the fun I need on most drives. The CRZ does sit very low. Since it's a coupe, the doors open out very wide. Both make getting in and out of the car kinda awkward in cramp garages and tight parking spots.
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