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2015 Honda CR-Z Review

The 2015 Honda CR-Z’s ranks in the top third of the subcompact car class, thanks to its swift acceleration, sporty handling, and slick transmissions. However, this hybrid’s cargo space is uncommonly tight.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Peppy acceleration
  • Refined transmissions
  • Mediocre fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Limited rear visibility




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.9
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2015 Honda CR-Z Overview

Is the 2015 Honda CR-Z a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z hybrid is a good two-seater to buy in the highly competitive subcompact car class. Performance is where this futuristic-looking CR-Z shines. It’s fast and agile, and its transmissions are smooth. This hatchback also has good safety and reliability ratings. However, there are some issues. While cargo space is OK, it’s less than what you’ll find in most hatchback competitors. Additionally, the sloped hatchback design creates poor rearward visibility. Finally, this hybrid’s fuel economy numbers can’t match those of class rivals.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 49 Honda CR-Z reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2015 Honda CR-Z?

There are about 50 listings for the 2015 Honda CR-Z on our site, with an average list price of $14,500. Prices range from $12,000 to $16,600, and vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Honda CR-Z Cost to Own?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $23,210. That’s on the high end for this class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda CR-Z?

Honda stopped producing the CR-Z after the 2016 model year.

There are several new subcompact cars that fall within the 2015 CR-Z’s price range. Our top recommendation is the 2019 Kia Rio, which starts at $15,390. Like the CR-Z, the Rio has agile handling, but it also has a lot more features, including a straightforward infotainment system that’s available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-Z Is Best?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z hybrid marks the fifth model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Honda discontinued the CR-Z following the 2016 model year. Updates to the 2016 CR-Z include minor styling changes and a few standard technology additions like a 7-inch touch screen with Pandora internet radio. However, if you’d like to save some money, consider the 2013 CR-Z. It’s the first model with a standard rearview camera and Bluetooth, and it has a larger lithium-ion battery than earlier models. The 2014 and 2015 CR-Z models saw no significant changes.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda CR-Z?

The 2015 CR-Z has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.  

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2015 Honda CR-Z Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Honda CR-Z has one reported recall for a driver-side frontal air bag inflator, which may rupture in a crash.  

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Which Used Honda CR-Z Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 CR-Z has two trim levels: base and EX. The base model comes with a CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and automatic climate control. The CR-Z EX trim doesn’t add any high-tech features, but it comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, and fog lights. A satellite navigation system (EX trim only) is one of the CR-Z’s few available features.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CR-Z?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Honda CR-Z the top score of Good in all four crash tests conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 CR-Z an overall rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the rollover test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the side crash test.

All 2015 CR-Z models come standard with a rearview camera. No other driver assistance features are available.

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2015 Honda CR-Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-Z or 2015 Toyota Prius c?

The 2015 Toyota Prius c is a hybrid that prioritizes fuel efficiency over power. It has a weak powertrain and a stiff ride, but the Prius c delivers some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class. Compared to the Honda, the Toyota also has a better reliability rating, more standard features, and a roomier cabin that seats five. The Prius c is the better vehicle than the CR-Z.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-Z or 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster matches the CR-Z’s sporty driving dynamics, quick acceleration, and sleek hatchback styling. However, the Veloster is a compact car with more seating and cargo space than the CR-Z. Despite its nonhybrid powertrain, the Veloster’s fuel economy estimates aren’t significantly lower than the CR-Z’s. Moreover, the Veloster’s long list of standard features makes it a better value for the money than the CR-Z.

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2015 Honda CR-Z Performance

How Does the 2015 Honda CR-Z Drive?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 130 horsepower. This powertrain produces zippy acceleration from a stop. Some CR-Z models may also come with superchargers. This was part of a Honda dealer-installed upgrade kit, which boosts the CR-Z’s engine to 197 horsepower for quicker acceleration.

Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard; a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. Both transmissions are smooth, and the CVT models have shift paddles.

The hybrid system has three modes: Sport, Econ, and Normal. Sport mode unlocks the CRZ’s quickest acceleration. Econ mode prioritizes fuel economy, so acceleration is much slower. Normal mode is a balance of the two. The CR-Z has a relaxed ride and nimble handling. It feels composed through corners, and its steering is fairly sharp.

Does the 2015 Honda CR-Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

Models equipped with the CVT return the best gas mileage in the CR-Z lineup: an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Still, those are low estimates for a subcompact hybrid.

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2015 Honda CR-Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Honda CR-Z Seat?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z seats two people. Its cabin is fairly cramped and fairly noisy at highway speeds. Rear visibility is limited because of the sloped rear window. That said, the CR-Z’s seats are relatively comfortable and quite supportive.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Honda CR-Z?

There are no LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats in the CR-Z.

2015 Honda CR-Z Features

You don’t get many standard or available features in the 2015 CR-Z. All models come with Bluetooth and a USB input. A navigation system with voice recognition is one of the only available features.

The cabin has a modern design, and its materials look and feel good. The dashboard gauges are laid out well, and they change color based on the driving mode. However, the available navigation system makes it complicated to change system settings.

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2015 Honda CR-Z Dimensions

Honda CR-Z Cargo Space

The CR-Z’s cargo capacity is decent for the subcompact car class, with 25.1 cubic feet of space.

2015 CR-Z Length and Weight

The 2015 Honda CR-Z is nearly 13.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,639 to 2,716 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Honda CR-Z Built?

Honda assembled the 2015 CR-Z sedan in Japan.


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