In the tradition of the sporty CRX, the CR-Z boasts some of the similar look, without quite the same amount of pep. That’s because the CR-Z is Honda’s eco-friendly offering and a pretty unique one to boot – (as of 2015) it’s the only hybrid available with a manual transmission, which is sure to please those environmentally-minded automobile purists.
This little beauty comes equipped with the standards – a respectable 6-speaker audio package with steering wheel controls, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and remote keyless entry. With an upgraded trim package (the EX) Bluetooth connectivity, heated mirrors, HID headlights, improved audio and more are included.
Changes for 2012
The 2012 model year ushered in the availability of black cloth seats, only in the version with black paint, however.
What We Like
The best thing about this handy, fuel-efficient sportster is that available manual transmission. Yes, you lose a little fuel efficiency but the clean fun of shifting is a big plus, especially for those who are missing their CRX. On the inside, the modernistic cockpit environment with its 3D display is pleasing to the senses, and on the outside the progressive, very non-hybrid looking styling will keep onlookers guessing.
Moving back to the cargo area (which comes standard with a multi-position shade), two people will be able to take their golf clubs along for the weekend when the divider is folded down to open up 25 generous cubic feet of space. Underneath the rear parcel shelf are storage bins that come in handy for those smaller items you don’t want flying around the vehicle while driving.
What Concerns Us
The CR-Z only holds two people, so this is best as a commuter car or for solo or couple weekend getaways. The pickup isn’t all that thrilling in Econ mode, and the gas mileage – while impressive – can still be beat out by the Prius and Insight. There can be some road noise as well.
The Honda CR-Z engine configuration is as follows: 1.5L, runs on gasoline with Integrated Motor Assist, 128 lb.-ft. of torque in the manual, 123 in the CVT version, 122 HP, and the number you’ve been waiting for – 31/37 mpg for the manual, 35/39 with the CVT.
There are no recalls for the 2012 Honda CR-Z.
There are no commonly reported issues with this model.