The CR-Z is front-drive with two doors and two seats. Mechanically, though, the 2011 Honda CR-Z is related most to Honda’s current Insight hybrid, sharing its basic structure and suspension design.
Under the hood is Honda’s familiar Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system. The electric motor is the same and generates another 13 hp and 58 lb-ft. Notably, Honda is offering a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the more hybrid-typical continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The end result of all this is that Honda has indeed created a sporty hybrid. The CR-Z looks sharp and is fun to drive around town thanks to its small size and quick steering. Find out more about the new Honda CR-Z at our Honda of Joliet, your Joliet Honda dealer.
The two-seat 2011 Honda CR-Z comes in three trim levels: base, EX and EX with navigation. The base model comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, hill-start assist (manual transmission), automatic climate control, full power accessories, manual seats with driver-side height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a six-speaker CD audio system (with steering-wheel controls and USB/auxiliary audio jacks). The EX adds xenon headlights, foglights, heated side mirrors, metallic interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker premium audio system. The EX can also be equipped with a voice-activated navigation system. Notable dealer-installed features include 17-inch wheels, performance tires and satellite radio.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a CVT with paddle shifters is optional. All CR-Zs come with a three-mode drive selector consisting of Sport, Normal or Econ. Each adjusts parameters for throttle sensitivity, steering assist, transmission programming (CVT), additional IMA assist (manual transmission) and air-conditioning usage.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints.
The CR-Z’s rear cargo divider can easily be lowered down to create a flat load floor and hide any items in the parcel shelf’s bins. A multiposition cargo shade is also part of the deal. Maximum cargo capacity is 25.1 cubic feet, and two golf bags should fit with the divider lowered.
The centerpiece of the CR-Z’s interior is certainly its futuristic-looking dash. A configurable display can also show other fuel-economy-enhancing tools. Find the 2011 Honda CR-Z at our Joliet Honda dealer.