Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2011 Honda CR-Z?
Sporty look both interior and exterior.
Great sound system (EX model) 360 watt system with sub woofer.
Great handsfree link technology.
Great dashboard with gas efficient technology and 3d speedometer.
Has three driving modes....Sport, Normal and Econ.
Sport mode changes both the throttle response as well as steering gets tighter and gives more direct feedback.
Really fun to drive.
Maintenance is very reasonable and typically does not cost more to maintenance then a standard Civic.
Cons: How would you improve your 2011 Honda CR-Z?
Overall this car is great....would like to see if advancements in technology can accomplish the same gas mileage options, while improving the sport option so that it has more horsepower....in the 200 range would really be a formidable accomplishment....then it would be truly a sports car and not just sporty looking.
2011 Honda CR-Z Review:
I am a huge fan of this car. I really like the way it looks both inside and out and is a great alternative to the Prius and other less attractive hybrids.
The dashboard gives an array of information that is very easily accessible, giving the driver a real opportunity to truly have control over gas consumption. It provides information like average gas mileage based on real time date, your average speed, saves historical data regarding mileage on last three driving sessions, and tells you when you are accelerating inefficiently or braking to hard. I especially like the oil life meter which monitors the condition of the oil and tells you when it is time to change it. No more annoying stickers in the window.
The other thing that is really great is that the maintenance on this car is really easy to keep up with, as essentially it is a Honda Civic with some really cool technological enhancements. Although the car looks like it is from the future when you get inside it, it still takes regular gas, does not require synthetic oil, has four spark plugs that are easily accessible, and regular tires...not sport tires that cost 185 to 245 bucks a peace like the car I traded (Chrysler Crossfire). I am already seeing a tremendous savings in gas and maintenance.
I have the manual shift so I don't get quite as good mileage as the automatic with the paddle shifters, as I don't shift at the lower RPMs that the automatics do, but I still get about 32 city and 38 highway. I am still working through how I can train myself to drive more efficiently (a fun challenge). However, just keeping the car in normal mode and driving it with moderate aggression should produce comparable results in mileage.
I will say that if you are looking for a competitive sports car...this is not it.....let's face it though....that is not really the purpose of this car. It is a hybrid that blends the fun of driving a sporty looking, fair performing car (122 horses), with the efficiency of a typical hybrid. It's not a Volkswagon GTI or an R32 so if you are thinking that the sport mode will produce similar results this is not the car for you. Don't expect to win any 0-60 races...but it is truly fun to drive and gets a lot of attention.
You will be winning the contest of the least amount of trips to the gas pump. Moreover, it has about a 10 gallon tank and even with gas prices at about 3.79 I spend an average of $33 to $35 dollars to fill this car and get a range of about 380 miles to the tank.
Some other really cool things that you may not expect is that on the EX version you get the HID lights, a 360 watt audio system with sub woofer (sounds awesome), a dongle that allows you to access and control and Ipod (old and new generations), Iphone/Itouch (old and new generations), flash drive, and other standard MP3 players. The car also has a very cool handsfree system that talks and accesses a paired phone. You can tell it to call some one practically in free speech as long as you don't have a ton of ambient noise it works really well. It also has a pretty robust tutorial regarding the handsfree functions where the care actually speaks and tells you how to use its functions.
If you would like a smart car that still says "I am cool", I would seriously consider this over other hybrids. It is great looking in and out and is a great blend of practical and cool.
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