2011 Honda CR-Z EX CVT Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Honda CR-Z - Road Test Specs

2011 Honda CR-Z Hatchback

(1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic w/Nav)


Model year2011
StyleEX 2dr Hatchback with navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$23,960
As-tested MSRP$23,960


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,497cc (91 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,300
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)122 @ 6,000 (includes electric motor assist of 13 hp @ 1,500 rpm)
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)123 @ 1,000 (includes electric motor assist of 58 lb-ft @ 1,000 rpm)
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Forward: 3.173 - 0.529; Reverse: 5.666 - 2.167; Final: 4.20


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)12.75
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 7000 A/S
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP195/55R16 86V
Tire size, rearP195/55R16 86V
Wheel size16-by-6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.3-inch ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.2-inch solid with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.2
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 84.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.9
@ Full throttle (dB)79.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSport mode with stability control off proved quickest by almost a second over normal and Econ. But since there's zero wheelspin off the line, ESP on/off wasn't an issue. Sport mode lets the revs get to 6,100 rpm more quickly and then held that rpm for the remainder of the drag strip. Power braking the CVT had almost no effect, and the CR-Z is quite sluggish off the line without revs to help.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsLongish stopping distances considering the CR-Z's weight. But it has good pedal feel and there's only a very minor amount of wiggling during panic stops. Distances got gradually longer from the beginning, then leveled off at about 125 feet.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSlalom: Excellent steering feel/quickness, but suspension is soft, so there's a lot of body roll, and then it's a bit springy when it rebounds. Left-throttle can cause serious oversteer with ESP off -- more than expected for a car of this nature. Made for some hang-it-out-there moments around the last couple of cones. ESP-on keeps those moments in check, but it's not as much fun. Skid pad: The CR-Z's attitude is very adjustable via throttle corrections. Even with ESP on, it made for quite a ride because when the system would cut the throttle it would cause brief tail-out action; then back on the throttle, then off and more oversteer -- repeat. Kinda fun to be part of but more abrupt than a human, hence, the slower ESP-on time.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)60.5
Relative humidity (%)48.44
Wind (mph, direction)1.81, crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)35 city/39 highway/37 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)36.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)10.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,707
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,686
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.1/39.9
Length (in.)160.6
Width (in.)68.5
Height (in.)54.9
Wheelbase (in.)95.9
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)59.1
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.8
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)25.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)25.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driver3 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger2 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars
IIHS offsetNot tested

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