2011 Honda CR-Z Review

The 2011 Honda CR-Z stands out thanks to its good performance, but with fuel economy ratings that aren’t great for a hybrid and seating for two, some competitors are better alternatives.

Pros & Cons

  • Good performance for a hybrid
  • Great cargo space for the class
  • Very poor rear visibility
  • Only seats two




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.1
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2011 Honda CR-Z Overview

The main reason to buy any hybrid is for the great fuel economy. But that’s where things become a little complicated with the 2011 Honda CR-Z. The CR-Z gets up to 35/39 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission. Reviewers said the CR-Z tries to put performance first. They noted that its 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and electric motor are a powerful pair compared with other small hybrid cars, though some said it wasn’t as fun to drive as they thought it would be. Some gas-only used cars average as many miles per gallon on the highway as the CR-Z and have comparable – or better -- performance. The CR-Z has a safety rating that's easily beat by many rivals.

The CR-Z’s two-seat cabin may limit its appeal. Reviewers said the seats are comfortable, though they found the CR-Z’s exterior design makes rear visibility very poor. Even though it’s a small hatchback, the CR-Z has about 25 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a lot for a compact car. Base CR-Z models come standard with a USB port, while Bluetooth and navigation were optional when it was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid is a better choice than the Honda CR-Z if you need a hybrid with rear seats and want its better fuel economy ratings of 40/43 mpg. But you will have to make a few sacrifices. The Civic Hybrid is sluggish, and it has less cargo space than the CR-Z. 

The 2011 Toyota Prius is a good choice because it has more passenger space than the Honda CR-Z. Those qualities helped the Toyota Prius earn the U.S. News 2011 Best Hybrid Car for the Money and 2011 Best Hybrid Car for Families awards. With fuel economy ratings of 51/48 mpg city/highway, the Prius also has some of the highest fuel economy ratings of any 2011 used hybrid, though its performance doesn’t match the Honda CR-Z’s.

Compare the CR-Z to the Civic Hybrid and Prius »


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