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New Honda CR-Z Hits Showrooms in August.

2011 Honda CR-Z

There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding Honda’s up coming little hybrid pocket rocket the CR-Z. The small two-seat compact brings back memories of the original Honda CRX from 1984, a car that I remember very well. It was also small, handled great and got great fuel economy. The new CR-Z however goes about doing everything the original did, but in a much different way, and while not a revamped version of the original there is no question that Honda did pull out some old moves from the old playbook.

2011 Honda CR-Z

As of right now we know that he CR-Z will come in a base model as well as an EX version. The EX will most likely incorporate a leather-wrapped steering wheel, high end stereo, and navigation with model line pricing ranging from $20,000-$24,000. Power comes from a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 122 horsepower and 128 lb-tq. and is said to deliver and average of 37 mpg. It is also the first hybrid to offer a 6-speed manual transmission. Now, maybe it’s me but after looking at those figures I am having a hard time figuring out where the “fun” is going to come into play with numbers so small. Also, I would have expected much better mileage since this thing is in fact a hybrid.

2011 Honda CR-Z

Think about this for a minute, more than twenty years ago the original Honda CR-X was getting about 40 mpg from its 90 hp 4-cylinder, it was also small, compact and really fun to drive. Now that the new CR-Z hybrid is coming out you know that there will be comparisons between the two and based on what we know so far I am really starting to wonder which one will come out on top. Expect the new 2011 Honda CR-Z to be in dealer showrooms by August of this year.

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  1. Jim says:

    BIG Honda fan. Love em. But this is rather disappointing! The styling is a hit for me, looks a lot like the CRX but looks nicer. But lightweight BIG NO! Fuel economy worse? WTF But the refinement, comfort, and probably reliability is better. But I bet it sucks a lot worse working on it than the old. Overall a disappointment. Come on Honda, you can do better. Oh and get rid of that stupid truck and those damn SUV’s.

  2. Kev says:

    Amen, Jim. Honda sold its soul long ago, and it’s a damn shame.

    I saw a motorhome from Florida this morning, pulling a beautiful mint-condition CRX in tow. I was thinking to myself as I passed it in my ’93 Accord how I’d give my left nut for that car, how it was like the most fuel efficient fun vehicle ever being pulled by one of the least efficient. And how it is pretty much everything these new hybrids should be, but aren’t. They used a Fit platform to build a new icon? Bulbous and ugly just like the rest? Damn them….I want to go back and buy a few cars from the golden age of Honda. Then I’d be set for life.

  3. Ellen rosenbloom says:

    I still love my Honda del Sol. Wish they’d make me another one.