• Oct 1, 2010
2011 Honda CR-Z with optional accessories – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda's big introduction at this year's Paris Motor Show may have been the 2011 Jazz Hybrid, but that doesn't mean the Japanese automaker didn't bring some other automotive fodder for us to look at. Here, for example, is the new CR-Z hybrid hatch wearing some of Honda's optional visual accessories.

Honda is really trying to emphasize that the CR-Z is a sport hybrid. By adding things like larger wheels, a mesh grille, unique blue-tinged headlights, carbon fiber trim and a rear spoiler, the little hybrid's visual sportiness has indeed been improved without falling prey to the over-modded tuner look. This CR-Z may certainly look the part of a new-age hot hatch, but even the fanciest of body jewelry won't help the not-entirely-sporty and not-so-efficient hybrid powertrain under the hood.

Click your way through our gallery of live images below to see and judge the added visual modifications for yourself.



Photos copyright ©2010 Chris Paukert / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't like that dustbuster of a car...

      But, damn if that isn't one of the best blue paint colors... and silver sets it off so nicely.

      I've long had red cars because blue cars are harder to find on the used market, and I don't want grey, silver or tan, and I don't want the headache of maintaining black.

      But I am going to insist on blue next time, and I have always liked it.

      North Beach Blue, the color of that Honda, is fantastic. Much like Audi's Sepang Blue, (VW /R cars have a similar color), and Jaguar -R's Kyanite Blue.

      I really like to look at Ford's Kona blue, but it is a bit too dark. Subaru's World Rally Blue pearl, a few others like it, are just a bit too brash and bright unless they are on a Ford Raptor, or Subaru STI rally-replica.

      I think Honda may have formulated a great color. But why don't they have a great car on which to apply it?
        rjander03
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm the same way but I've always tended towards the more neutral colors because of their availability and ease of maintenance. Honda has had some great blues over the years too. The day I find a mint, unmolested supersonic blue pearl Integra GS-R is the day I own a mint, unmolested supersonic blue pearl Integra GS-R
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This CR-Z may certainly look the part of a new-age hot hatch, but even the fanciest of body jewelry won't help the not-entirely-sporty and not-so-efficient hybrid powertrain under the hood."

      I've been averaging 42 mpg while driving in normal mode in my CRZ. How is this not-so-efficient?
      • 4 Years Ago
      backup assist? what the hell for?
        • 4 Years Ago
        do you see the lateral rear quarter blind-spots on that thing?

        The C-pillars are thick, high, and the quarter windows sweep up. The rear glass is divided, and only offers a straight-back view, tail-light height or higher.

        The sight lines on that car are not very good, despite it being a small car by dimension.
      • 4 Years Ago
      you know what would really appeal to consumers? putting in a k20.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        It'd probably get better mileage, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is so on point. This car would be fine with a little more grunt. I still don't understand how it can have LESS horsepower and WORSE fuel economy than a early 2000s Civic Si.
      • 4 Years Ago

      The basic concept with this car is that the element of fun that is the main element of the CR-Z DNA is retained. To enable this, a sports aesthetic is retained without compromising on the Honda look. The Wraptivo vehicle wrap options that are being put on the car will demonstrate how the new technology can be used to protect a vehicle from losing the factory paint job and also give users an easy option for changing the look of their car.
      http://www.greenliving9.com/eco-friendly-cars.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car - the standard, everyday CR-Z - makes no sense to me. In today's economy, which is not the best it's ever been, how many people have expendable income? And how many of those who do, have families? And of those number of people, how many can afford to buy the CR-Z and lose the room that rear seats would otherwise provide? Can a two-seater hybrid succeed, especially if it's NOT a sports car? If not, then what aspect of it being a two-seater economy car justifies the lack of room that even the Honda Fit provides PLUS gets decent mileage? I'm sorry, but I just don't understand the rationale behind the CR-Z. It just doesn't fit into any catagory in today's market: it's eonomy numbers are not exemplary, it doesn't have enough room inside, it doesn't carry more than one passenger, and it's not even a reasonable sports car. It misses the mark(s) in so many areas that I can't see anyone buying the car . . . UNLESS they have a lot of money and just want it as a third or fouth vehicle in the garage for those days when there's nothing else to drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No darex . . . I'm no different than you are. I too am single, but occasionally - granted VERY rarely - I need the rear seat. I have a gen-5 Prelude which, 99.9% of the time, is my "two-seater" but when necessary CAN carry more than one passenger. My complaint about the CR-Z is not its usefulness as an inner-city runabout, but in Honda's designers taking a new mechanical technology and stuffing it into the clone of a car - the CRX - that was loved and purchased because it functioned not only as a runabout two-seater, but as a fairly decent sports car . . . something the CR-Z is not. Hondas competitors are bringing vehicles similar to the CR-Z to market that are more efficient/clever designs that capitalize on interior volume, seating position(s), roominess, etc., but explore entirely new shapes - some more upright, more cube shaped, and so forth. Honda took advantage of a familiar design (the CRX) and tried to make it into a true economy car but missed the mark on both fronts. The car is neither economically at the top of the list nor is it a top-of-the-list sports car. It sits mid-pack, but falls short because on top of everyother caveat it limits passenger capacity to just one. I owned a two seat sports car and loved it and even, on one occasion, had to make room for a third person crammed behind the two seats (fortunately able to put the top down or his head would have been in his chest). Today I drive a Prelude with sufficient room should that situation arise again. My point is . . . Honda didn't take advantage of the hybrid technology to its full potential by designing a totally new car around it. Now they're stuck with trying to convince buyers that the CR-Z is a car created in the spirit of the CRX but which many buyers will not accept because it isn't. It's an attempt at a mid-pack hybrid that falls short of providing enough capacity to be useful for most people as an everyday driver. Like I said, only those who have a very limited life-style (i.e. practically no friends or family) or who have two or three cars in the garage will even consider the CR-Z. For first-time buyers, young, perhaps purchasing their first car, the CR-Z might not be a bad choice. But they'll trade it in within a couple of years as their life-styles expand to include others.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i actually like this look, alot... the silver and blue. well... seeing as it's what i've seen on RS4s, RS6s, the R8 V10, etc... yeah the silver side mirrors, silver up around the grill and blue body have grown on me :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm getting pretty sick of this car.

      Wake up everybody, it's the real new Insight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So why didn't they lower it? Would have looked a little better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen the CR-Z in person. It's not great style or performance wise, but the simple fact that the eco/sport concept was realized may set a precedent for future (not necessarily hybrid) sports cars that return great gas mileage at no cost to safety (which was not the case with the CRX).
      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know I'm in the minority but I think this car is gorgeous from the front 3/4 view. What happened to it is such a shame, a real missed opportunity for Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like that mesh grille, to me it looks a bit better than the standard one, any chance of getting it as an option on the US-spec model?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's polishing an unpolishable.

        This thing isn't "sporty", at least not how anybody has ever understood "sporty" to be in the past (i.e. NSX, S2k, CRX).

        If this is the new version of Honda being "sporty", Honda might as well hang it up.
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