Honda CR-Z Review
The 2015 Honda CR-Z ranks 26 out of 42 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.
The 2015 Honda CR-Z is ranked:
Critics say the 2015 Honda CR-Z is more agile than most hybrids, but note it seats only two people and the cabin could be more practical.
The four-cylinder engine and electric motor powering the 2015 Honda CR-Z deliver spry acceleration from a stop but disappointing power at highway speed, automotive writers say. An automatic transmission is available, while reviewers say the standard six-speed manual transmission makes the CR-Z fun to drive. 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.
Reviewers concur that the 2015 Honda CR-Z has easy-to-use controls and a state-of-the-art cabin design. It is among the few cars in the class that seats only two people, and test drivers say the CR-Z's seats are roomy. However, they note that the slanted roofline and split rear window hamper rear visibility. 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)
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.
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.