Much like the iconic Honda CRX of the 1980s that served as its inspiration, the Honda CR-Z attempted to blend fuel efficiency with fun-to-drive dynamics. The original CRX offered three distinct models — efficient, normal and quick — while the CR-Z emulated all of these versions with its three-mode hybrid drivetrain.
When it came to acceleration and handling, the CR-Z was a far cry from a sports car, but it was certainly livelier than the typical hybrid or economy car. On the whole, the Honda CR-Z represented a compromise between eco-friendly fuel consumption and everyday driving excitement. However, that compromise resulted in the CR-Z not really excelling in either category. Many competing non-hybrid subcompact cars offered similar efficiency and fun, along with greater practicality, more features and a higher degree of refinement.
Read the most recent 2016 Honda CR-Z review.
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