2012 Honda CR-Z Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda CR-Z was new.


Interior: 7.6

Shoppers should know a few things when they check out the 2012 Honda CR-Z. First, it’s a two-seater. Second, cargo space is merely adequate, so don’t expect to cram a lot in the back. Third, rearward visibility is very poor. Once you overcome these flaws, the press says the CR-Z’s sporty and futuristic 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


If you have a lot of friends or a large family, the 2012 CR-Z is not for you. There is no back seat, so there is only room for the driver and one passenger. That said, seating is spacious and comfortable, though one tester thinks the passenger seat isn’t as comfortable as the driver’s. This hybrid rides low, so you’ll likely ride below the bumpers of larger vehicles. Also, rear visibility is very poor, so test the CR-Z thoroughly to be sure you can live with an obstructed rear view.

  • "Roomy seats." -- Cars.com
  • "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. … Rear visibility is subpar. The main rear window is raked sharply, and the horizontal bar between it and the smaller glass below is right in the driver's line of sight." -- 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 base 2012 CR-Z is well-equipped for its class. It has power windows and door locks, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and an audio system with USB and auxiliary ports. The highest trim, the CR-Z EX, offers more: Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Honda’s navigation system is also available on EX models, though reviewers criticize it for being outdated.

As for quality, reviewers say the CR-Z’s interior materials meet expectations. They’re not too cheap, but they’re not luxurious either, which makes interior quality a step above budget Honda models. Most of all, reviewers like the CR-Z’s futuristic design.

  • "I am particularly wowed by the instrument panel's layout, illumination and graphics, which make the interior look futuristic while remaining Honda functional." -- AutoWeek
  • "Especially with the navigation screen in place, the interior looks great when lit up at night, though Honda is long overdue for an upgrade to its infotainment display technology - things are starting to look a bit pixelated onscreen." -- Autoblog
  • "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
  • "Its high placement on the central dashboard puts a few functions just out of easy reach, which is problematic given the car's low-slung seating." -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 CR-Z has 25.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The trunk has storage compartments and a divider, but the press dislikes that the cargo hold is so shallow.

  • "Not as spacious as most hatchbacks. The cargo area is on the shallow side." -- 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." -- Chicago Tribune

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