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.
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.
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.