• Jun 22, 2010
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We've driven the 2011 CR-Z and now Honda's slapped a sticker on its hybrid hatch before sales begin August 24.

The CR-Z is available in three trim levels, with the base price of the six-speed manual-equipped model coming in at $19,200 (plus a D&D charge of $750). Option up for the EX and a 360-watt stereo, Bluetooth integration and a leather wrapped wheel are yours for the taking for $20,760. Tack on the navigation system ("Navi" in Honda parlance) and the price swells to $22,560.

If you absolutely must – and we'd seriously advise against it – you can equip the CR-Z with the CVT for $650, complete with seven faux ratios and a slight boost in fuel economy. Make the jump for the details and a complete pricing breakdown.


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All-New 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe to Start at $19,200

The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe is set to debut at dealers on August 24, 2010, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $19,200, plus a destination and handling charge1 of $750, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

Developed as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient performance, the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z introduces a sleek two-passenger coupe design with quick, sporty handling to the gasoline-electric hybrid segment. A 1.5-liter i‑VTEC 4-cylinder engine works with Honda's unique, compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system to supply both power and efficiency to the CR-Z. A sport-focused, six-speed manual transmission is a first for any mass-produced hybrid. An automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual-like gear-ratio control.

A new, exclusive 3-mode drive system allows the driver to configure the vehicle's responsiveness for Sport, Normal or Econ (Economy) driving modes. Driver efficiency tools include Eco Assist™ and Eco Scoring, which together can help drivers find improvements to efficient driving styles, while also comparing economy achievements to previous trips as well as the life of the vehicle.

The CR-Z is available in two equipment grades – the well-equipped CR-Z (base) and the feature-rich CR-Z EX. Standard features on the CR-Z include an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, and more.

The CR-Z EX adds a 360-watt AM/FM/CD high-power audio system with seven speakers – including a subwoofer – Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, leather-wrapped steering wheel and more. The CR-Z EX is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition2.

The CR-Z demonstrates the Honda commitment to safety in the vehicle's design and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is designed to help protect vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags; active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.




1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $750.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the CR-Z EX model in the United States, except Alaska. Please see the navigation system manual for details.

3 Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      You can buy a Hyundai Accent Blue for half the price of one CR-Z ... and still get the same mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dr.Pro

        Ok a Fiesta then.

        I can definitely see some cross shopping of the Fiesta. The Fiesta has similar performance and fuel economy(MT 28/37), starts $5000 lower has a back seat, more interior room, better rear visibility, better looks (Subjective so IMO).

        Oh and you keep cars, you don't have a $3000 battery to replace in your future.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Or you can buy a bicycle, costs 20% of the hyundai and needs no gasoline whatsoever!!111!
        That cross-shopping is more likely to happen, than from cr-z to current accent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the FT-86 (or whatever it's gonna be called) coming in at just a few thousand dollars more, I'm honestly not sure whether anyone will buy the CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh my god. Honda has done it again. When everyone expect $ 28,000.00 come up with
      $ 21,000.00. So a swaped K-20 CR-Z with some TODA cams is a $ 26,000.00 car.
      The lunch with a CR-Z is getting more difficult.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You people are nuts. This undercuts Honda's own Insight as the least expensive hybrid, which I think in itself is a move in the right direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too expensive.

      And I say that, not because I have a virulent hatred for the thing (I actually think it has some potential promise if it was given a little more kick), but for how it performs I don't think people will cross-shop it quite as much, even with the hybrid bit thrown in. Frankly, I think it actually looks kinda cool.

      Start it at around $17k and they'd probably have a decent winner on their hands as most people aren't car enthusiasts.

      Hopefully future variants step it up a notch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Simple From all the reaction so far i really do not see why you would be unable to get a good discount from a dealer few months down the line. Not $9,200, but a few K for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd take an FT-86 for >20k$ over this one anyday....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ geo.stewart

        I like Hyundai, we own one, but I'm hardly going to call them 'fun' - if anything, you will find more Honda's that tackle corners better than Hyundai's. Hyundai cars sell on the fundamental fact that they are an excellent value - they have no baggage with their nameplate other than a spotty reliability history, which is quickly fading with the quality of their new products. They are cheap, dependable and and have a massive warranty - that's why people buy them. This is how Honda started too, and they do build a quality product, but they are riding too much on reputation and not enough on competitive product, which is a dangerous game to play.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be honest... just buy a Civic, lol. Faster, cheaper, more room, multi-link rear suspension, etc. You won't lose that much from fuel economy considering the price you pay.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I got my Acura RSX 5-speed with leather interior brand spanking new for $17k ... sure that was 8 years ago, but really the prices haven't changed all too much. My RSX listed for around $19.5k. (And at least with my calm driving I get 30 mpg around town during the weekdays.)

        If the Honda dealership is smart, they'll knock off $2k from the price. Why not just go get a Prius if you're looking at $22k? Prius gets 50 mpg city (*EPA), and it has back seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just buy Gen Coupe 2.0T. 21/30mpg, plenty of fun, and 100k warranty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Priced $9,200 too much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        just about everything Honda sells is too expensive, mainly because they are selling on their name. Outside of the S2000, honda sells to the appliance buyer looking for honda dependability.

        You could sell a Honda Civic with 1/2 the hp of an SI and 1/2 the seats for the same money and there would still be a line (oh wait, thats what this is ;-)

        Car buyers will shop it and find a car selling on its merits and win over a lot more people, like Hyundai. I hope Hyundai never becomes Toyota or Honda. Hyundai needs to remain right where it is, fighting for market share and delivering good product that is fun and reliable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The price isn't the problem.

        The bloat is.

        Cut the weight and size, cut the complexity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha ha, I love how SimpleCar is just getting rating-trashed...although I did the same, sorry SimpleCar, it's just kinda fun. You were at a half-star, I wondered if there was a zero-star...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why you expected this car to be cheap. It's a hybrid silly. This is the cheapest one on the market. So of you really need your head examined. Plus, the original insight coupe was price similar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't put too much into the typical Autoblog paid Hyundai posters. No matter what Honda does, they will rag it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      dude, i'm going to laugh my ass off when I see this on the street.
      Not just at the car, but to people inside this horrible piece of crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Civic SI is a race car by comparison, has the leather wheel and decent stereo standard, and runs just $1,300 more.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes but it also requires Premium Fuel and has an EPA rating of 21/29. Sorry but I don't see people cross shopping the 2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a silly bag of compromises, this CR-Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. What's interesting is that by attaching the 'CR-' moniker to the car, the CRX immediately comes to mind and the inevitable comparison takes shape. However, I see this car as more of an evolution of the original Insight. Which, at the time was unique 'mixed-bag' as it didn't pretend to have the sporting genes of the CRX. The first gen Insight got a luke-warm reception because, IMO, the public wasn't ready for a two-seat hum drum commuter car. Now, I think people are looking for a bit of 'sport' in their hybrids because, let's face it, they're boring and the CR-Z is an interesting step up in that department. But again, that 'CR' prefix isn't doing it any favors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well stated...+1
      • 4 Years Ago
      people would have a better time spending 19k dollar bills at a strip club and making it rain instead of buying that jdm anteater.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, but it's hard to put 'makin' it rain' towards a loan as collateral.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda has jumped the shark, by making a car that looks like a sucker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but Honda lost their way years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      u americans have a twisted sense as to whats expensive (cars, petrol...)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You Europeans have no idea what things actually cost when harsh anti-competitive tariffs are not present, is a more accurate statement.
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