• Mar 9th 2010 at 3:00PM
  • 42
Honda execs relate CR-Z to the original CRX – Click above to view the video after the jump

Looking at the 2011 CR-Z, it's hard not to think back to the original Honda CRX. The two-seat configuration, double-paneled glass hatch and sport compact styling are what made the CRX a huge hit for Honda buyers some two decades ago, and the automaker is hoping to recapture that magic with the CR-Z, though with a slightly different approach.

The big difference with the CR-Z is that it uses a hybrid powertrain rather than a standard petrol mill. And while the automaker's decision to give the CR-Z a gas/electric powertrain isn't necessarily sitting well with everyone, Honda reassures us that the fundamental values that made the CRX a success are very much present in the CR-Z. John Mendel, executive vice president of auto sales, says, "We hope consumers look at this car and see all the passion around the original CRX, but [we're] taking that passion and moving it into a whole new generation." See what other Honda execs and enthusiasts have to say about the CR-Z by watching the video after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      An updated safe version of the CRX is great because the original really was a death trap, but why does such a slow car need traction control? I think they really summed it up, safety options that aren't really an option any more.

      They should still have an all motor option. If I'm going to get a hybrid, its gonna be a Prius. Maybe a original CRX with a full roll gage would take care of the death trap part, cause as far as I can tell, they are taking a step back. I'm sure the newer one will ride smoother, but what is this thing gonna cost?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The big difference I see is that the CRX was at least cute. This bulbous nosed thing is hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure how anyone's gonna see the passion of the CRX in this car but okay.

      Here's to hoping they pull a 2010 mustang & put a powertrain in it that doesn't suck in a year.

      Oh, they don't seem to have any updated powertrains to stick in it, bummer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the crx is the best example of honda doing small and light

        the crz is the worst example of honda doing small and light

        they could have made a new crx, sure it would have been a few hundred lbs larger than an old one, but there is no reason honda couldn't have made a 2 door fit w this bodystyle

        that would have been reason to celebrate. honda of america was right in america 'hybrid' and 'sport' are an oxymoron
        • 5 Years Ago
        0-60 in 9.7 seconds and a nose only a mother could love? Sorry, but I'm not feeling any passion for the CR-Z.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would root for the 1.8 as the gas engine too, it only makes sense.
        Similar, or even better gas mileage, ~150hp, ~140ft-lb total..

        I think that would be fun to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha. you totally hit the nail on the head.
        I totally agree with you that a 2 door fit would have worked better. Lower the roofline, change the gearing or drop an r18 in it. People will come up with turbo kits & it'll be the next Civic Hatch.

        When will they realize that their 30 year old recipe for success needs a modern touch.

        Oh well, the domestic companies will bring us the sport compacts that we *really* want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "put a powertrain in it that doesn't suck in a year."

        Yes, shed the hybrid powertrain and the heavy battery pack. Shed all those "standard" features such as ABS, stability control, power steering, etc. Stuff the Civic Si's 197hp 2.0L 4 pot in there. Then come back to talk to us again about CRX passion (and I would try my best to forgive it for being so ugly.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        the single cam 1.8 would only add about 100 lbs and makes a healthy 140, feel good enough in a civic, in something that weighed 2600 lbs w a short wheelbase would have been awesome. they decided to go a different direction w it

        • 5 Years Ago
        And whatever happened to those 'Advanced VTEC' motors that were supposed to come out in '09.. ya know.. the ones that are up to par with every other manufacturer's engines.

        I'm only pissed off because i want to believe Honda can be great again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two words: LARGE SNOUT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So... buy the car because you remember the CRX? That's what i got out of the video at least.
        • 5 Years Ago
        or you can buy a CRX because you remember the CRX... I'm picking up mine on Sunday lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda would probably have less backlash from enthusiasts if they tried selling this thing as a spiritual successor to the Del Sol instead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It should be called the CR-Y, for several reasons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car should have been called the "Insight Coupe". CRX fans everywhere are let down by the lack of a real motor or any semblance of sportiness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @416Hammy - it also got wonderful fuel economy, so about all it shares with this car is two doors and a small footprint
        • 5 Years Ago
        We already had that... the 1st gen Insight was a 2-seat coupe.

        If you don't remember that, it's understandable... I think Honda sold about 4 of them in total.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Built a 2,100 lbs sport car in today world is imposible. Ive own a 1988 crx si for long time,
      in my opinion best honda ever. If you want to sell it today,like it was , its a joke.
      No airbags, no electric windows. locks. no power ster, no navigation, 105 hp.etc.
      All this add about 300lbs.How much weigth the original Mini vs today model.
      To me the CR-Z is a effort from Honda to give his customers something different, to
      enjoy a sport car wihout swet in his hand. Let give a chance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I miss the Honda of the 1990's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CR-Z a worthy sucessor to the CRX? I think they should stop where they landed: CRY! (at least that's been my reaction)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just finished watching the Video clip, That car has Honda Insight written all over it lol...
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... probably because it's a two door insight. :/
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X