According to Maryland Honda Dealer, the Honda CR-Z will be unlike anything else when it arrives in US showrooms later this year. With its hybrid powertrain, this is one of the few hybrids to promise both performance and fuel-efficiency.
But despite ample attention on the auto show circuit, new reports indicate that the CR-Z almost didn’t make it to the US. Honda execs here in the US were reportedly unhappy that the production model’s styling and performance were a bit diluted when compared with the CR-Z Concept vehicle. While the styling of the CR-Z will surely get consumers into showrooms, the performance of the car doesn’t quite match its attractive styling. Even Norio Tomobe, the CR-Z’s chief engineer, wishes the car offered “more horsepower.”
Powering the Honda CR-Z is a 102 horsepower 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine mated to a 20 horsepower for a combined output of 122 horsepower. According to San Jose Honda Dealerships, highway mileage is rated at 38 miles per gallon. While power and fuel economy is good, neither are great for a car that weighs around 2,700 pounds.
Despite the underwhelming aspects of the Honda CR-Z, and the ongoing debate over whether this sporty hybrid hatchback is indeed a true sports car, it certainly shows a new direction for Honda as it should provide a bit more fun behind the wheel than other hybrid vehicles in its expected low-$20K price range.
Although some execs and consumers alike will continue to be disappointed by certain aspects of the CR-Z following its launch this summer, there’s still plenty of anticipation nonetheless. Honda dealers Louisville for example are eager to have a product that not only excites Honda enthusiasts, but also offers something that isn’t being offered by any other brand. One thing, however, is certain – whether the CR-Z is more sports car or more hybrid is completely in the eye of the beholder.
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