The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment.
The exterior’s distinctive “one-motion” wedge form originates from its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance. A side profile with a deeply inset beltline conveys a dynamic tension, while the short wheelbase and large, wide front grille accents the vehicle’s athletic presence.
The futuristically styled interior offers a high-tech appearance and ergonomically intuitive controls. Instrument panel illuminates with a three-dimensional, vibrant blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance.
The foundation of the 2011 Honda CR-Z’s hybrid powertrain is a 4-cylinder engine that receives additional power from the IMA system’s DC brushless electric motor.
The 10-kilowatt electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the 100-volt IMA nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The system delivers a combined peak output of 122 horsepower and 128 lb-ft. of torque.
The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Econ (Economy) and Normal driving modes. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available.
Standard features on the CR-Z include Vehicle Stability Assist, an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.
Base model estimated mpg: 36/38
Estimated starting price: $19,200
Compiled by Motor Matters

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