The Honda CR-Z is new for 2010. If you have been on the hunt for a compact coupe then this may just be exactly what you have been looking for. The first thing to say is that this new Honda CR-Z is intended to be a means of bringing the old CR-X into a new decade. Anyone who is familiar with the older car will find similarities but they will also find that this is something truly new. There is already a buzz of excitement surrounding this new release and this is likely to increase as more people actually get to experience the car.
The Design of the Honda CR-Z
Even though this is a direct descendant of the Honda CR-X it is also very much influenced by Honda’s new car line up. The recessed headlamps and distinctive nose make give the car a fresh and attractive look. It is also a design that some would describe as sporty and maybe a bit punchy. There is nothing else currently like this to be found on the road so this is a car that will stand out from the crowd.
Under the Hood
The engine under the hood of the Honda is a hybrid which produces 122 bhp. There is more than just a revised version of the Insight’s integrated motor assist ; what you have here is a mix between the 1.5 litre i-VTEC assist and the 1.8 litre that was used in the Civic. You are left with the best from both worlds. Apparently this will mean that the car will be the highest revving engine to be combined with an electric motor; something that is sure to work well with this vehicle. You will find a maximum speed of about 124 mph and the ability to go from 0- 63 mph in 9.9 seconds. It all sounds very impressive.
Inside the Car
The uniqueness of the Honda CR-Z is continued on the inside of the car. It has a real modern feel and all efforts have been made for practicality. There is also plenty of leg room and there is no feeling of being cramped for driver or passengers. In fact the cabin is probably one of the most impressive out of the current options you will find for this type of car. The Honda CR-Z does look as attractive inside as it does from the outside; this really is a car aimed at people who love to drive.
Some Final Thoughts on the Honda CR-Z
If you are after a compact coupe then you would be probably doing yourself a favour by giving the Honda CR-Z. In many respects it ticks all the boxes and this makes it a sensible choice for those in the market for this type of car. The really important thing to say is that this car combines good looks with performance. Even if you didn’t like the original CR-X then you may still find yourself falling in love with this new car.