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The 2015 Honda CR-Z ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda CR-Z has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.1
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2015 Honda CR-Z Review

The Honda CR-Z ranks in the upper third of the subcompact car class. It’s a hybrid that has pleasant handling, good cargo space, and a solid track record of reliability. 

Pros & Cons

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

2015 Honda CR-Z Overview

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

The Honda CR-Z is a fine option if you’re looking for a used subcompact car. It’s fun to drive, can fit a surprising amount of cargo, and boasts great reliability ratings. There are a few compromises, however. The CR-Z was meant to make driving a hybrid more enjoyable, but it does so at the expense of fuel economy and practicality. Also, the CR-Z is strictly a two-seater.

Used 2015 Honda CR-Z Performance and Interior

The Honda CR-Z has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 130 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard; a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. The hybrid system operates in three modes: Sport, Econ, and Normal. The CR-Z accelerates quickly in Sport mode, thanks to the robust torque of its electric motor. However, it feels much slower in Econ mode, as the system prioritizes fuel economy. Normal mode offers a nice balance of the two.

Both transmissions feel especially refined. The CVT has shift paddles, which allow drivers to manually control the transmission’s shift points. Models equipped with the CVT can return 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The six-speed manual impresses with its crisp action, but it takes a bite out of fuel economy; equipped models get 31 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Neither are great ratings for a small hybrid vehicle.

The CR-Z rides comfortably and provides reasonably athletic handling. It feels stable through corners and its steering is quite sharp. Despite its sporty styling though, the CR-Z’s driving dynamics fall short of hot hatchback rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST and Mini Cooper S.

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The Honda CR-Z only seats two, and its cabin isn’t particularly roomy. Taller passengers may find head- and legroom in short supply. There’s also substantial road noise at higher speeds, and rear visibility is limited by the car’s tiny rear window. That said, the CR-Z’s seats are comfortable and very supportive. The rear hatchback also offers a decent 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

All CR-Z models come with Bluetooth and a USB input. A navigation system – which adds voice recognition – is available. The dashboard has a futuristic design, and its materials have a quality look and feel. The gauges are laid out nicely as well, and they change color based on the driving mode. The standard control layout is simple and easy to use. The optional navigation system does complicate how you manipulate the audio controls, however.

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Used 2015 Honda CR-Z Prices

Used 2015 CR-Zs range from about $14,100 for a base model to around $17,000 for a fully optioned Honda CR-Z EX model. Exact prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 48 Reviews Analyzed

We researched 48 reviews of the Honda CR-Z, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and costs of ownership, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and we have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda CR-Z?

The Honda CR-Z has great predicted reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the CR-Z?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CR-Z the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CR-Z five out of five stars for rollover crash safety, four stars for overall and front impact safety, and three stars for side crash safety. All CR-Z models are equipped with a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used CR-Z?

The 2015 Honda CR-Z hybrid marks the fifth model year of the vehicle’s first generation. The CR-Z was discontinued following the 2016 model year. If you’d like to save some money, consider buying a 2013 or 2014 model instead. For 2013, Bluetooth and a rearview camera became standard, and both the interior and exterior were refreshed. There are few differences between the 2014 and 2015 models.

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Which Used Honda CR-Z Is Right for Me?

The CR-Z comes in two trim levels. The base model has a CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and auto climate control. The CR-Z EX trim adds automatic on/off headlights, fog lights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A satellite navigation system (EX trim only) is one of the CR-Z’s few options.

During your used car search, you may also come across CR-Z models equipped with superchargers. This was part of a Honda dealer-installed upgrade kit; it boosts the CR-Z’s engine to 197 horsepower and enables quicker acceleration.

A certified pre-owned CR-Z may suit you best. For its certified pre-owned models, Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. 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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2015 Honda CR-Z and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Toyota Prius c isn’t very quick, and its ride feels stiff over rough pavement. However, the Prius c is a far more practical hybrid than the CR-Z. The Prius c earns superior fuel economy (53/46 mpg city/highway), seats five, and often costs less. Both cars have great reliability ratings.

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

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster shares the CR-Z’s sporty intentions. The Veloster has similar styling and can zip up to speed quickly when equipped with its optional turbocharged engine. It also seats four, and used models are typically less expensive than used CR-Zs. Even so, you’re better off with the CR-Z. It has a far better projected reliability rating, gets better fuel economy estimates, and offers agile handling without a rough ride.

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda CR-Z or 2015 Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and it strikes a superb balance between practicality and driving enjoyment. The Mazda has sporty handling, peppy engines, and a wide array of advanced safety features. It also seats five, offers generous cargo space, and earns gas mileage that’s within a shout of the CR-Z (up to 30/40 mpg city/highway). All in all, the Mazda3 is the better pick.

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