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2015 Honda CR-Z

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/16/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Honda CR-Z is unchanged.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda CR-Z is a small front-drive hybrid hatchback sold in base and EX trim levels. It is available with a 1.5-liter I-4 making 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque when paired with the six-speed manual transmission. Cars equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) make 127 lb-ft. A navigation system is available but only for the EX variant.

Overview

Despite Honda marketing the 2015 CR-Z as a sport hybrid, it prioritizes fuel economy first with manual-equipped models rated at 31/38 mpg city/highway while opting for the CVT raises those numbers to 36/39 mpg.

For those looking for more performance, Honda offers a host of upgrades including a sportier suspension setup, exhausts, a limited-slip differential, and 18-inch wheels. A supercharger kit is also available for the 2015 CR-Z but only on cars equipped with the six-speed manual. This increases the hybrid engine's total system output to 197 hp but requires owners to use 91 octane fuel or higher. Interior space is acceptable for two adults while cargo room is small with a maximum capacity of 25.1 cubic feet.

The 2015 Honda CR-Z has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 CR-Z received a Good score in four categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Honda CR-Z remains a niche player among affordable sporty compact cars with its fuel efficient hybrid drivetrain. In a 2012 comparison test of six fun and relatively inexpensive compact cars, the pre-facelift Honda CR-Z took second place due to its confident handling and quick steering, allowing it to "attack corners with gusto."

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy
  • Available Honda performance upgrades
  • Confident handling

You Won't Like

  • Useless rear seats
  • Small trunk
  • Lack of power

Key Competitors

  • Mini Hardtop
  • Scion tC
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Kia Forte Koup
  • Fiat 500

Rating

4 star

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