2011 Honda Cr Z
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Sporty, fun to drive, best car I've ever had.

by from Peoria, IL. on April 7, 2011

I love my new Honda CRZ or Zed as Our local dealership calls them. ( when they said that all I could think of was Bruce Willis's quote from Pulp Fiction Zed's Dead ) Well after driving it Zed is most ...
I love my new Honda CRZ or Zed as Our local dealership calls them. ( when they said that all I could think of was Bruce Willis's quote from Pulp Fiction Zed's Dead ) Well after driving it Zed is most definitely NOT Dead! I drive it back and forth to work every day and I have to force myself to slow down on the interstate lest I get a ticket. I try to stay under 75 but this sweet little ride just wants to go 85 or more without even trying. My Crz hums along , smooth and quiet. Though I must admit to cranking the tunes on my iPhone , the factory system with the sub rocks awesomely enough for me. I stay in normal mode most of the time . averaging between 33 - 38 mpg . I travel round trip about 25- 30 miles a day. I could probably increase my mpg by switching to Eco mode while in town. My only complaint is the noted blind spot but if you adjust your mirrors properly and double check before switching lanes you should be fine. This is my second Honda , I had an Element before and traded it in on a Chevy Cobalt Sport but now I'm back to a Honda for the dependability and mpg as well as the sporty look and feel of my CRZ .
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Best Combo

by from Tennessee on March 24, 2013

Bought a one-owner used 2011 CRZ EX CVT w/Navi w/ 29,000 miles on it. The reason my title is "Best Combo" is because the CRZ's exterior and interior looks are "furutistic", sporty, sleek and a heard-t...
Bought a one-owner used 2011 CRZ EX CVT w/Navi w/ 29,000 miles on it. The reason my title is "Best Combo" is because the CRZ's exterior and interior looks are "furutistic", sporty, sleek and a heard-turnier. The CRZ is also a gas-saver. I miss my regular gas station - hope to see it in 2 weeks (filled up on Mar 4 and it is Mar 24 now - Range gauge says I have 200 more miles to go till next fuel fill-up). Even tho the CRZ is a hybrid, it does NOT look like a hybrid. I loathe and detest the look of the Prius and similar Hybrids - they are very boring and some are ridiculous. So if you are in the market for a sport head-turner but want to "go green" - buy the Honda CRZ. You will not regret it. I always look forward to driving mine. They say any car can get you from point A to point B. But few can make you grin every time you slide inside.
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Love my little car!

by from Wilmington, DE on February 10, 2016

I've owned my CR-Z for almost 5 years and I absolutely love it. Currently, it only costs me about $16 to fill my tank. I frequently make 2 hour trips, and each of these only use about 1/8th of a tank ...
I've owned my CR-Z for almost 5 years and I absolutely love it. Currently, it only costs me about $16 to fill my tank. I frequently make 2 hour trips, and each of these only use about 1/8th of a tank using economy mode. Switch it into sport mode and it becomes a zippy little thing with excellent handling (great on winding back roads). It's got a lot of cargo space, especially with the back compartments folded down. I have a medium-sized dog who can ride in it comfortably. The interior is pretty basic, but the USB port is very convenient and the stereo is AWESOME. A lot of people say that the blind spots are bad, but I got used to them very quickly. As long as you're a good driver and use your rear/side view mirrors, you're fine. The only downsides to my CR-Z are that the seats start to get a little uncomfortable on long trips (which I'm sure is the case for any compact vehicle) and it's terrible in the snow. Aside from those minor things, it's a wonderful little car. If you decide to get one, you will not regret it!
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Fun and Great Mileage.

by from Quincy, WA on March 5, 2012

I have just over 10,000 miles on the 6 speed manual transmission CR-Z EX. It is a very solid car with great mileage and fun performance when put in sport mode. I have been getting 40+ mpg and expect i...
I have just over 10,000 miles on the 6 speed manual transmission CR-Z EX. It is a very solid car with great mileage and fun performance when put in sport mode. I have been getting 40+ mpg and expect it will improve in the spring and summer. It handles well in the twisties. The ergonomics are good and it is comfortable for long trips. It has lots of storage capacity for such a small car. I like all the tech goodies. The navigation system is my only complaint. It is not as user friendly and capable as Garmon systems.
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California Hybrid Twist

by from San Francisco, CA on July 4, 2013

Hi, I've had my CR-Z for a year now. The exterior and interior design is super modern, which describes the drive characteristics of the car too. You have a low seating position, and the option to ch...
Hi, I've had my CR-Z for a year now. The exterior and interior design is super modern, which describes the drive characteristics of the car too. You have a low seating position, and the option to choose between the 3 drive modes,, in Sport, the CR-z becomes really fun to drive. You can throw it in to a corner and get out with the same speed, it handles so well, you'll have a lot of fun with it. On the other hand you can drive it in Echo / Green mode and enjoy the ride knowing you won't have to spend much on gas that day or week. Sad that it's just a 2 seater, would have loved to drive more of my friends around in it. Big thumbs up! CHT
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Great for what it's meant to be

by from Aggieland, TX on August 6, 2014

I've had the 2011 EX Navi with manual transmission since Jan 2012 and 30k miles, and could not be happier. Among cars I've owned and liked in the past are other Hondas, an Acura Integra, a Toyota, a B...
I've had the 2011 EX Navi with manual transmission since Jan 2012 and 30k miles, and could not be happier. Among cars I've owned and liked in the past are other Hondas, an Acura Integra, a Toyota, a BMW 3 series that I traded in for the CR-Z, and a Subaru Impreza. I think the CR-Z is a little gem, a car for a reasonable enthusiast who does not always crave power. Power is there and enough even in Normal mode, but the Sport mode definitely makes driving more enjoyable. In city driving I get 36-38-40mpg, depending on the season. I get around 40mpg on the highway. Things I like about it: steering, gear box - superbly crisp, overall sense of refinement that is common to Honda, mpg, zippy looks, all the compliments I still get after almost 3 years of ownership, "I did not know Honda makes such a nice sporty little car" statements - not too CR-Zs on the road yet, decent cargo volume for a small car, and reliability - no problems whatsoever. Things I am not too keen on: suspension is really a good compromise between sport and comfort, which makes it pleasant for a daily driver, but I would have liked it only a bit sportier. The car is somewhat nose-heavy and with the slightly plush suspension, it sometimes touches with the front skirt on road drainage gouts when braking, not too bad to be concerned for, though. Visibility towards the back is not great, but nothing too bad, really. You just learn to adjust and do the shoulder check as you should. The CR-Z is my first hybrid and it dispelled a bit my concerns for such cars. The battery pack is as good as when I got it, in the sense that at least in the Normal mode it charges fully after longer drives or stays a notch below fully charged most of the times. I do have an SUV for outdoor toys and ventures, but for a spirited daily commuter that is fun to drive, I can hardly imagine a better vehicle than the CR-Z.
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Best vehicle I have ever owned

by from Mesa, Arizona on May 16, 2014

I bought this 2011 Hone CV-R Ex at Goldies Motors in Phoneix, Arizona and have never had a better experience! I drove away in this black Honda, just thrilled with my new purchase! Love this model. It ...
I bought this 2011 Hone CV-R Ex at Goldies Motors in Phoneix, Arizona and have never had a better experience! I drove away in this black Honda, just thrilled with my new purchase! Love this model. It is sporty, has good power and absolutely beautiful to look at! My friends are envious. Thank you Honda.
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Small & Sporty

by from Boston, MA on November 29, 2010

My husband and I bought our 2011 CR-Z at the end of Sept 2010, about a month after they were released in the USA. We live in Boston, where parking is a challenge at best, and put a decent number of m...
My husband and I bought our 2011 CR-Z at the end of Sept 2010, about a month after they were released in the USA. We live in Boston, where parking is a challenge at best, and put a decent number of miles on our car, so we wanted something small & easy to park with reasonable gas mileage. The CR-Z is a great fit for us. We rarely drive anyone other than ourselves, so having just 2 seats has not been a problem. We used to have a Civic coupe, and the CR-Z is smaller on the outside, but just as roomy (if not even more comfortable) on the inside. The car has the 3 modes: econ, normal & sport mode. For commuting, we generally use the econ mode, but the sport mode is great for accelerating. The CR-Z is not a muscle car sportscar, so you don't have the huge engine with lots of power behind it, but that also means it's not a gas guzzler. Sport mode is fine for our acceleration needs. We're averaging about 38 mpg with a mix of city & highway driving. The paddle shifters on the steering wheel are fun & reminiscent of our previous BMW 1-series. My in-laws loved our car so much, they went out & purchased one a few weeks after we got ours (and they haven't driven anything smaller than a pickup or SUV in 15+ years!).
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Better than expected

by from Austin, Tx on November 22, 2010

Coming from a MINI Cooper this car had big shoes to fill (so to speak). My MINI simply spent too much time at the shop so I wanted to return to Honda's reliability. The CR-Z is far better for my needs...
Coming from a MINI Cooper this car had big shoes to fill (so to speak). My MINI simply spent too much time at the shop so I wanted to return to Honda's reliability. The CR-Z is far better for my needs. It is so much more comfortable to drive (even though lumbar support could be better). The seating position, road composure and steering are so smooth for such a small car, and it feels effortless to drive. The MINI was taut and precise, but tiring for long drives. The CR-Z handling still manages to be quite good but perhaps not as good as the MINI. But I do not care at all. The trade off is well worth it. Dash controlls are well placed (unlike the MINI), the interior is very nice looking (unlike the playful but gaudy MINI), and performance is similar to the base MINI while getting slightly better fuel economy (car is barely broken in). The blind spots are big and side mirror use required. Missing features: a locking fuel cap (in the US version), and an inability to adjust speed with cruise control buttons when engadged. I wanted a fuel-efficient car that was fun to drive and looked good. Honda has come through for me like no other car company.
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Great car for what it is

by from New Haven, CT on October 22, 2011

This is a car that people either "get" or they don't. You can get a more efficient car for the same price, or a bigger car, or a faster car. But you can't get the combo offered by the CR-Z anywhere el...
This is a car that people either "get" or they don't. You can get a more efficient car for the same price, or a bigger car, or a faster car. But you can't get the combo offered by the CR-Z anywhere else. I honestly see the biggest market for this car as a second vehicle for people who own an SUV or high-powered car and want to save some gas on day-to-day errands. For this it's brilliant. It has head-turning looks inside and out, holds a decent amount of stuff, and is as fun to drive as you can expect from a nearly zero-emission, 40mpg car. The old expression about being more fun to drive a slow car fast applies. I've driven both the CVT and 6 speed, and the CVT didn't annoy me nearly as much as it annoyed the typical car rag editors. To maximize the fun I recommend the 6 speed---it's fun to have to shift every 10 seconds, right?---but don't give up on the car just because you need an automatic. In fact, you should expect to be rowing the box quite a bit in the 6 speed because of the meager power available; commuters might prefer the auto anyway. In my limited use, the paddle shifters seem to shift quickly and smoothly as a backup option. One of the odd things missing from the car is a center armrest, but you can get one as a dealer-installed accessory. The nav system is also outdated. In fact it seems to be roughly the same unit that was in my 2004 TSX, but on the other hand that unit was fine with me back in the day. Still, if you don't mind an aftermarket unit dangling from your windshield, you're probably better off not paying the premium for an obsolete DVD-based system. The auto-off feature from the engine can also be annoying, as the car needs to re-start rapidly at stop lights (it can't move using only the battery) and hence it can be a bit abrupt and intrusive. If you don't really care about styling or driving experience, and / or this will be your only car, I would recommend checking out the Civic and Insight ahead of the CR-Z at your local Honda shop. If you're willing to sacrifice some practicality to gain better looks and more fun while still maintaining some Green goodness, this is the car.
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