2011 Honda CRZIt’s true that hybrids are fantastic when it comes to fuel economy. But is it too much to ask for driving enjoyment to go along with bragging rights at the fuel pump? Luckily for us, Honda provided the 2011 CR-Z hybrid with sharp handling to match its miserly fuel consumption. This futuristic-looking 2-passenger coupe is a genuine delight on a twisty road – so long as you don’t put a premium (pun intended) on horsepower.
A 113-bhp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder is coupled to a 13-hp electric motor, whose battery pack is located beneath the cargo floor. The CR-Z is high-tech, but not rapid. Expect a 0-60 mph time of approximately 9 seconds—the same ballpark as many economy cars. Yet the ride and nimble handling make up for the lack of straight-line punch.
On sale in late August, and priced under $20,000 for the base model, the Honda CR-Z hybrid won’t be gathering dust on dealer lots.