What's the used Honda CR-Z coupe like?
It might seem like an oxymoron to describe a car as being a fun hybrid – at least it is when talking about traditional hybrids. They often take too much of the driving experience away because the computer decides which motor to use to save fuel. Not so the Honda CR-Z.
For starters, this hybrid is a manual, whereas its contemporaries usually use automatics – or, rather, constantly variable transmissions, or CVT for short – as a way of getting the engine’s power to the wheels.
But the CR-Z isn’t just a hybrid. First and foremost, it’s a sports car – and, in that regard, the CR-Z makes much more sense. Thanks to its compact size and neat handling, the CR-Z can be quite good fun to hussle down a country lane. The trade-off is a rather firm ride, which also doesn’t help things on the motorway as it can feel nervous at speed, and you will also be bombarded by wind and road noise. It’s not a car suited to a long-distance road trip, unlike some of its sports car rivals such as the Audi TT, which manages to keep a foot in both camps by being both enjoyable to drive when you want it to be and hushed in everyday situations. But what the CR-Z does do is bring the around-town fuel economy and eco-friendly nature of a hybrid to a car with a huge dollop of character.