Critics have been quick to give their takes on the new CR-Z and they have not been too favourable about it especially its underwhelming EPA Fuel economy figures. Having said that, the CR-Z’s design is quite a force to be reckon with what with its nice looking triangular tail lights that sort of reminds you of its so-called ‘predecessor’ of course with a more modernistic touch to it.

The interiors too have been given the futuristic touch as it is supposedly a ‘hybrid sports car’ where it comes with a 6 speed manual shifter and bucket styled seats. It is designed to be very driver oriented where you will notice that the controls and knobs are all placed and ergonomically crafted to suit the driver. Apart from that, it also comes with about 25.1 cubic feet os space where they have compromised the back seats for more storage compartments.

Under the hood is where you get the 1.5 liter i-VTEC, 4 cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. This is where you will get 122 horsepowers and 128 ft-lb of torque while the electric motor gets you up to 13 horses and 58 ft-lb of torque. This is where it differs from other hybrids where instead of being able to function independently, this one does not as it is known as a ‘mild hybrid’ model.

It also comes with 3 driving modes which are Eco, Normal and Sport where as stated, the Normal mode is the most common driving mode with Eco integrating between the electric and motor engines while the Sport mode pushes the car to its maximum ability. Typically, this is no sports car although it does look like one. It looks every way like a sporty version of a Honda car but ultimately it is more of an eco-friendly model like the Prius or a smaller version of the Honda Civic Hybrid.

 

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