Honda CR-Z: The good & the bad
August 23, 2017
Clearly I have a biased opinion writing this review as I currently own one myself. Let me get to the point, its a great little fun car with very good fuel economy. When looking for a car to purchase my criteria included 2 things: being a hybrid, and having a manual transmission. It was the only car I could find. Having owning this car for almost 2 years now here is the rundown.
1. Fuel efficiency. I average around 36/37 mpg for my daily drive in to work(city and highway). During a recent road trip I was averaging 39/40 mpg. These numbers aren't that impressive when compared to some other hybrids on the market, but it is a huge increase from what I was used to.
2. Looks. It is a stunning car, from both the inside and out, see for yourself in a test drive.
3. Manual. The manual transmission is so smooth (it is a Honda after all).
4. 3 modes. Although I spend most of my time in the default normal mode. For traffic, the econ mode is perfect. For those winding turns the sport mode is great as it noticeably stiffens the suspension. S+ is great for passing cars while highway driving as it gives just the right boost you are looking for.
5. Hatchback. It is so convenient to have the hatch, as well as rear buckets that fold down to give plenty of room for storage.
6. Seats. The seats in this car are surprisingly comfortable and keep you in place.
7. Solid. What do I mean by solid, well just close the doors. It feels heavy and very solid and provides a feeling of being safe, while being in such a small car.
8. Reliability. It is a Honda, need I say more.
1. Battery storage. There isn't much battery capacity in the car, for average driving it isn't noticeable, but for giant hills when the battery runs out of juice, better go in the right lane and expect to downshift because the car just doesn't have the power to get up.
2. Horsepower/Torque. These numbers are both pretty low for a car that is suppose to be "sporty" and it shows when driving. Not a huge issue if you aren't pushing your car to the max, and the batteries tend to make up for the lack of power produced by the engine, but still obvious that the car is under-powered.
3. Noise. You will hear the engine from inside the vehicle. Not too much sound dampening in the car but after a while you kind of get used to it.
4. No Back Seats. Being in my 20's and kids aren't a problem, it doesn't bother me too much. I can count the number of times I've needed rear seats on one of my hands there were so few. Yet for those few times I have, its very unfortunate for whoever gets thrown in the back.
5. Armrest. The car does not come standard with an armrest, however one is available for purchase as an accessory. I bought the armrest and installed it myself (not that complicated). It matches perfectly, however it is small, very small. When I have a passenger in the car its uncomfortable because it really is only meant for one person. The storage w the armrest is also undersized, however the armrest was still a worthwhile purchase.
I love my car and some added aftermarket accessories really make this car personal and give it just that extra something.