2011 Honda CR-Z Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Honda CR-Z was new.


Interior: 7.9

Shoppers should know four things when they check out the 2011 Honda CR-Z. First, it’s a two-seater. Second, the interior features list is slim. Third, cargo space is just adequate. And fourth, rearward visibility is very poor.

Other than that, the automotive press appreciates the comfortable seats and the intuitive, driver-focused controls. Once you overcome the fact that the cabin seats two and isn’t very large, the automotive press says the CR-Z’s interior isn’t so bad.

  • "The interior is an interesting blend of shapes and textures. The overall ambiance is sporty and modern, with the chrome-finish door handles lending a bit of class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Don't look back, though, because rear vision is badly hampered by that dramatic, sloping roof line, especially into the blind spots over your shoulders." -- Edmunds
  • "At first look, interior trim and quality seems about one and a half levels above that of the Insight's, and the instrumentation boasts more design flair. The CR-Z's dash is well set out, superbly illuminated and intuitive." -- Motor Trend
  • "Don't look for luxe. No lumbar-support adjustment for the seats. No sunroof. No heated cup holders or super-duper sound system. Don't expect configurable instrument panel lighting or the most modern version of Honda's navigation. Not a deprivation chamber, but in these days of full-featured small cars, CRZ isn't that kind." -- USA Today


If you have a lot of friends or a large family, the CR-Z is not for you. There is no back seat, so there is only room for two. That said, seating for the driver and passenger is comfortable. There’s adequate leg- and headroom, even for taller passengers. This car rides low, however, so you’re likely to stare at a lot of bumpers when you’re at the wheel. 

  • "Most adults should have sufficient headroom and legroom. Be careful when raising the seat bottoms, as your head can brush the headliner in fairly short order. Oddly, the seat backs for the driver and passenger each feel different. The driver seat is very comfortable and supportive. The passenger seat in cars tested suffered from a noticeable bulge in the lower-back area." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The only downside is the seating position is low to the ground so you're often looking at truck bumpers." -- The Detroit News

Interior Features

The CR-Z comes up short in interior features. It doesn’t have enough amenities to compete with more affordable cars on the market like the Kia Forte and Ford Fiesta, two gas-only cars with good fuel economy and affordable optional features. 

The base CR-Z has power windows and doors, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 160-watt audio system and USB interface. The second trim, the EX, offers more: Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 360-watt stereo with a subwoofer. The next trim is the EX with Navigation, which includes navigation system with voice recognition and illuminated steering-wheel mounted navigation controls.

Because the CR-Z is a hybrid, the dashboard has illuminated controls for the Sport, Normal and Eco modes. Reviewers had a lot to say about this feature because it changes colors depending on the mode and looks futuristic.

As for quality, reviewers say the CR-Z’s interior materials meet expectations. They’re not too cheap, but they’re not luxurious either.

  • "CR-Z's climate controls are convenient and simple. The navigation system is the same as that in the Fit and Honda Civic. It absorbs audio functions, which complicates some adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I am particularly wowed by the instrument panel's layout, illumination and graphics, which make the interior look futuristic while remaining Honda functional." -- AutoWeek
  • "Interior surfaces are a notch above those in other budget Honda models, with the hard plastic surfaces softened to the touch by a rubbery coating. A unique new process infuses tin into the plastic door handles lending the bargain-basement material the expensive modern appearance of nickel-plated plumbing fixtures." -- MSNBC


If you choose the CR-Z, don’t plan to cram a lot in the back. It has 25.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The trunk also has storage compartments and a divider that the automotive press likes. 

  • "Not as spacious as most hatchbacks. The cargo area is on the shallow side. Honda claims two golf bags will fit, which is believable, but anything beyond that will have to be put elsewhere. A flip-down partition ahead of the main cargo area folds to create additional space, and there is a little bit of storage behind the seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • “If comfort isn't a good enough reason to get it, the cabin's lack of covered storage certainly is. There's a glove compartment, but it's tucked far under the dashboard and is hard to access even from the passenger seat." -- Cars.com

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