Honda CR-Z (10 on) - Review

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 13 Oct 2011
4
Honda’s brief was simple. Create the world’s first fun-to-drive hybrid.

Honda CR-Z (10 on)
Sharp looks, stylish interior, fantastic gearchange, good to drive, well-equipped
Not quick enough, noisy, slow stop start

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Honda’s brief was simple. Create the world’s first fun-to-drive hybrid. The Honda CR-Z is the result and, if successful, it could be the perfect car for enthusiasts with a conscience. Developed using the Insight’s underpinnings, the CR-Z benefits from a complete redesign that hints at the sporty CR-X of the 80s and early nineties. Under the skin the Insight’s 1.3-litre has been dropped for a larger 112bhp 1.5-litre that is boosted by Honda’s IMA hybrid system. Total power thanks to the electric motor’s assistance is boosted to 122bhp. This helps haul the little Honda to 62mph in 9.9 seconds and onto 124mph - figures that are a long way off from ever being considered ‘quick’, but Honda has completely revised the Insight’s suspension, tuning it for handling. Read on to see if the Honda achieves its aim of being fun to drive and find out if it becomes our favourite guilt-free sports car.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's not especially practical but with the back seats down there is quite a lot of space.  

4 out of 5

Sarah Fell ,   27 Aug 2013    ... read more

 Hatch back. Three driving modes. On board mpg indicater. Ice.  

5 out of 5

Nicola Moger ,   04 Aug 2012    ... read more

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