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MSRP: $20,145 - $24,140
Invoice: $19,190 - $22,981
MPG: 31 City / 38 Hwy
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Honda CR-Z Review

The 2015 Honda CR-Z ranks 33 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda CR-Z, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Honda CR-Z is more nimble than most hybrids, but limited seating means that its cabin could be more practical, according to auto writers.

The 2015 CR-Z comes with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, and reviewers write that they provide peppy acceleration off the line, but lackluster power at higher speeds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and critics think it makes the CR-Z very fun to drive. An automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. The 2015 Honda CR-Z gets up to an EPA-estimated 36/39 mpg city/highway, which is good for a subcompact car, though mediocre for a small hybrid. Test drivers agree that the CR-Z has responsive steering, strong brakes and sharper handling than many hybrid rivals.

Automotive journalists agree that the 2015 Honda CR-Z has a futuristic interior design and user-friendly controls. The CR-Z is one of the few cars in the class that only seats two people, and while reviewers say that the seats are spacious, some complain that rear visibility is hurt by the CR-Z’s angled roofline and split rear window. Standard features in the 2015 Honda CR-Z include Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port. Available features include Pandora Internet radio compatibility, hands-free text messaging and a voice-controlled navigation system.

  • "The Honda CR-Z is a gas-electric coupe that seeks to provide both engaging driving dynamics and hybrid fuel efficiency. It isn't entirely successful on either front, and its two-seater configuration limits practicality, but for those seeking an inexpensive, mildly sporty hybrid, it's the only choice on the market." -- Left Lane News
  • "Because the CR-Z doesn't look or perform like a boring economy car, you can satisfy your need to be green without sacrificing your love of driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2014 Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback isn't as sporty to drive as it looks, and its two-seat interior limits practicality. It's a fun city car, but there are better choices." --Edmunds (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Toyota Prius c has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the hybrid class. Test drivers appreciate how maneuverable the Prius c is in tight spaces, and they add that it has a user-friendly optional navigation system.

Though it’s not a hybrid, the Mazda3 gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Additionally, reviewers like the Mazda3’s agile handling and attractive cabin with premium materials.

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Details: 2015 Honda CR-Z

The 2015 Honda CR-Z is a two-seat hatchback hybrid that’s available in base and EX trims. It comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The CR-Z hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in 2011 and sees no major changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/19/14

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