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2014 Honda CR-Z Review

The two-seat 2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid places in the top third of our subcompact car rankings, thanks to its spacious cargo hold, wealth of standard features, and even blend of sportiness and fuel efficiency. 

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Underpowered from a stop

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Honda CR-Z's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda CR-Z has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Honda CR-Z Overview

Is the 2014 Honda CR-Z a Good Used Car?

The CR-Z is sportier than most hybrid vehicles, but that’s not a difficult feat. While it gets good fuel economy overall, it can’t match the mileage of its hybrid rivals. Compared to nonhybrid subcompact cars and hatchbacks, the CR-Z is nowhere near the sharpest handler or the quickest to accelerate. Despite all of this, it is a great choice for shoppers who want the middle road. Also, the CR-Z has sporty looks, plenty of features, and a good amount of cargo space for your stuff.

Used 2014 Honda CR-Z Performance and Interior

The CR-Z hybrid uses a gasoline-electric powertrain that consists of a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Altogether, it produces 130 horsepower. Acceleration is a bit sluggish off the line, but passing power at highway speeds is much better.

The CR-Z’s nimble handling and even stopping power are a departure from the blasé driving dynamics and fussy regenerative brakes found in many other hybrids. However, those expecting hot hatch performance may be disappointed by the CR-Z’s cornering limits.

Fuel economy with the CR-Z is good for a small car. Still, many other hybrids are better on gas. Expect 31-35 mpg in the city and 37-38 mpg on the highway, depending on whether the model is equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available continuously variable transmission (CVT), which functions like an automatic.

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The CR-Z is a hatchback coupe that seats two on standard cloth sport seats. The driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive, but the passenger seat lacks the same support. Most folks won’t have a problem with space, save for the tallest drivers. In all but the base model, the CR­-Z has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There’s about 25 cubic feet of storage space behind the seats, which is good for a subcompact car. A center console armrest does not come standard, but some used models may have one as a dealer-installed option.

Standard features include automatic climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port and Bluetooth for phone calls. Audio and climate controls are simple and conveniently located. The available navigation system replaces some of the physical buttons with a touch screen, which makes some adjustments more complex. Well-equipped models may have Pandora Radio capability, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a seven-speaker audio system.

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Used 2014 Honda CR-Z Prices

Used Honda CR-Z pricing varies by model and equipment. A base model with a manual transmission averages $12,200, while a CR-Z EX model with an automatic transmission and navigation will set you back about $14,600. Other factors that affect price include the car’s demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 44 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing our reviews on our personal opinions, we analyze the findings of the automotive press alongside data like reliability ratings and safety scores. For this Honda CR-Z review, we analyzed 44 reviews from other credible automotive journalists.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda CR-Z?

The 2014 CR-Z has an above-average reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the CR-Z?

The 2014 CR-Z earned the highest score of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-Z four out of five stars overall.

Standard safety features include hill start assist and a rearview camera, which comes in handy considering the CR-Z’s poor rearward visibility. Navigation-equipped EX models feature a multiangle rearview camera, which provides even better visibility.

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Should I Consider Another Used CR-Z?

Honda introduced the CR-Z during the 2011 model year. Production ceased at the end of the 2016 model year. For 2013, Honda gave the CR-Z refreshed styling, additional standard features (rearview camera and Bluetooth), and an increase of 8 horsepower. For its final year, the CR-Z received another style refresh, blind spot monitoring, and an updated infotainment display. If you can do without the 2016 model’s updates, stick with the 2014 – or consider a 2013 – to save some money.

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Which Used Honda CR-Z Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda CR-Z comes in three trim levels: base, EX, and EX with Navigation. Most folks should be fine with the base trim, as it offers a healthy assortment of features. The midlevel EX trim doesn’t have enough add-ons to make it worth looking for. For the most features, the Honda CR-Z EX with Navigation is the best choice. It comes with voice recognition, a multiangle rearview camera, Pandora Radio capability, and Bluetooth streaming audio.

A certified pre-owned CR-Z may also be worth considering. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all CPO models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Honda CR-Z and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda CR-Z or 2014 Toyota Prius c?

The Toyota Prius c offers even less power than the CR-Z. However, its better gas mileage will save you hundreds of dollars every year in fuel costs. While the CR-Z has an above-average reliability rating, the Prius c earns the highest rating possible, which will give used shoppers added peace of mind. Although the Prius c has less cargo space than the CR-Z, it can carry three additional passengers. For practicality, go for the Prius c.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda CR-Z or 2014 Hyundai Veloster?

Like the CR-Z, the base Hyundai Veloster’s acceleration is not very quick. Highway mileage in the Veloster is similar to what you get with CR-Z, but city fuel economy is hands-down better in the Honda. The Veloster offers a more powerful turbocharged engine, but fuel economy worsens even more. However, its two rear seats come up short on space, and they can only be comfortably accessed from one side of the vehicle. At the end of the day, the CR-Z is a better option because it has superior city fuel economy, higher safety scores, and a better reliability rating.

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