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The New Honda CR-Z Hybrid: Does It Deliver? | Consumer Reports

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The new hybrid Honda CR-Z tries to be sporty and fuel-efficient at the same time. Consumer Reports takes a first look to see if it succeeds.

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  1. Hybrids are not for everyone, you have to know what mode to use and how to drive it to achieve those high hypermiling MPGs. Honda's IMA system can run on electric mode alone but only at a low cruising speed of around 40km/h I think.

  2. Love the looks of this car but I wish they would have scrapped the hybrid portion and just made the car lighter and more HP.

  3. Dude This is SHIT! the Cr-z get 35mpg? WTF!!!!! My 85 SI got 55 MPG!!!!! was Way better Handling, better Performance throttle response and NO HEAVY ASS Electric Helper Motor to Haul around! Honda Needs to see the Big Picture and go Back to what it was! THE CRX!!! (Civic Renaissance model X ) Not the Cr-Z!

  4. @darkblaze176 That may be true, but the difference is that your 85 SI was probably 10x less safe in a crash

  5. @05BlueEM2 I disagree about the 2012 Civic, the current ones look like an early 2000s car from an exterior design standpoint. The new ones are much, much better looking. I don't know who would buy a new Civic these days, the design is so out of date

  6. Why post comments ment to be facts that are just complete garbage. I own a 6 spd version and love this car. Its not ment to be the one car EVERYONE should own. I am averaging 37.8 mpg driving to work everyday and 41.6 hwy mpg. This car loves to be driven, unlike many other hybrids it does not make you feel dead behind the wheel. Its very Eco friendly and still wants to play from time to time. No it will not out run my M3 by any stretch of the imagination but I understand it was not ment to.

  7. If they put a gasoline only engine in this and gave it 18" wheels with 225 width tires, it would be perfect.

  8. @dannyboi70savege This one in the video had the seats folded down. Due to the NHTSA requiring active head restraints in the head rests and how small the CR-Z is, it just didn't work out. The head rests are required to made so that when they are down and not in use that they are uncomfortable forcing the passenger to use them. So all in all, it could sit someone in the back (barely) but not while meeting the standards of the NHTSA. Having said that, for the price it's a great car!

  9. @papito2you You drive the Crosstour for the way it drives, not how it looks. It's the best car Honda has made in a long time by far. 277HP and you barely feel it shift if at all, super comfortable, just an amazing ride.

  10. The reason I bought this over a hyundai – I don' t like bringing in my car for recalls and warranty repairs. Korean cars are as trashy as American ones.

  11. @DouglasBaatman
    it is bad because you can have fun driving in any car – but people looking for a sportscar will not like it.
    so if you want a nice hybrid, buy a prius
    if you want a sportscar, buy a hyundai genesis coupe
    saving a little gas for a lot less power and bad handling doesnt make an alternative sportscar wortwhile

  12. @spunkyjivl

    I agree. My CR-Z right now, for the current tank that I'm working on, 128 Miles so far, reads 50.6 MPG,

    Meanwhile, I'm driving the sharpest looking car on the road, cushy comfort, great A/C, Heater, all auto, all the extras, Navi, etc, and If i NEED to, and I've only had to 2 times so far, I can haul ass a little bit.

    Look, my last car was a Lotus Elise, a 1 dimensional race car. Uncomfortable, but fast.

    This guy's got it backwards: This car does everything well.

  13. This guy did not say anything about testing it in sport and economy mode. It looks like he was hard on it the whole time and still got 35 mpg. Other reviewers report well over 40 mpg in economy mode and 0-60 in 8.5 in sport mode. I am definitely considering one of these for my next car.

  14. this guy is one negative reviewer shedding no light at all on many of the good stuff the car offers. CR-Z may not be the fastest or the most fuel efficient but it does offer little bit of both with lots of fun an average joe like me can afford. thanks honda for a great car with great value.

  15. @sdlausen My 2003 MR2 Spyder weighed 2100 and had 160 hp. Then again, it avg 28.5 mpg city which is nowhere near what that original CRX could pull.

  16. I AGREE THIS GUY IS OUT TO BASH HONDAS' . CR-Z IS VERY AGILE AND FAST ENOUGH CAR UNDER NORMAL DRIVING CONDITION. THIS BALDY THINKS HE'S REVIEWING A FERRARI OR SOMETHING. COME ON MAN, IT'S A SMALL 4 CYL. 1.5L ENGINE GIVE IT A BREAK. HONESTLY THERE ISN'T A CAR OUT THERE THAT CAN SAVE YOU GAS AND GIVE YOU A SPORTY RIDE. WHAT OTHER NATURALLY ASPIRATED 1.5 LITER CAR CAN DO WHAT CR-Z DOES. I TEST DROVE THIS CAR ONCE AND I AM SERIOUSLY THINKING OF GETTING ONE. TRUST ME TEST IT YOURSELF AND YOU'LL SEE..

  17. The crz was one of the most ill-conceived cars that Honda has ever released. This is reflected in the # of them that have been sold.

  18. This has to be one of the worst reviews I've ever seen. No mention of sport mode? Did he even know it had one? The car is a blast to drive in sport mode, and handles like an expensive sports car. Come on CR you can do better!

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