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Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z
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$19,995 - $23,990
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Car Type: Fuel efficient hatchbacks
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Honda CR-Z Overview

The CR-Z is a rather unimpressive two-seat hybrid that's based on the Insight and Fit. It uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine that makes 130 hp. Electric power is used to enhance performance, and acceleration is further enlivened by a Sport mode. We got 35 mpg overall in our tests, which isn't terribly impressive for a small hybrid. The engine shuts off at idle but that also kills the A/C, which is maddening in the summer. Handling is more responsive than the Insight's, but still not very sporty and the ride is rather jumpy. Visibility to the rear is severely compromised. Reliability has been outstanding, but the CR-Z scores too low to be recommended.

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