Honda CR-Z 2012: Hybrid and Sporty
Honda has been manufacturing fuel saving cars for more than three decades now and their economical models were always the first choice for family or starting young professionals. Last year alone, Honda was able to sell more than 200,000 units of their hybrid series with its top sellers the Hybrid Civic and the Accord Hybrid. Honda has released 6 successful hybrid models in the market plus the Honda EV-STER concept and this year Honda released a new hybrid car that is sporty looking and cut above its predecessors – the Honda CR- Z.
The Honda 2012 CR-Z has the look of the CR-X of the past decades and it’s appeal is on those people looking for a sporty styled car and at the same time hybrid. Honda CR-Z is definitely not a sports car and people should not have that impressions, it is a hybrid car with sporty look and feel.
The CR-Z uses the sixth-generation parallel hybrid system called Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) which are used in all Honda’s Hybrid models.The IMA can save energy by shutting off the fuel engine and operates for a short time on electric power only. The main fuel source is a 1.5-liter, four cylinder, 16-valve engine which uses the computer operated i-VTEC which controls timing and lift system that improves fuel economy and reduces exhaust emissions. The engine has a running peak of 113 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 107 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.
Honda CR-Z’s design is is a mash-up the 1980′s and 90′s CR-X and the latest Honda Insight and of course with the CR-Z 2009 model. The design is very sleek and direct to the point. It is not trying to be a high-end civic rather it has its own distinct look which is sporty with an environmental friendly touch to it. Its front shape is wedge style and it makes it look aggressive and similar to a sports car. It has a two-seat interior which has enough room for bigger and taller driver and passenger and its seat are covered and styled with sport’s car materials.
Honda CR-Z has an starting price of $19,545 and comes in 3 different offering. The base which is the cheapest then followed by EX and EX Navigation which features additional options like polished interior accents, sub-woofer and Bluetooth technology.
If you are looking for a head turner hybrid car and you like the aggressive look, then Honda CR-Z is perfect for you.
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