While the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have received the most attention from eco-minded automotive journalists as of late, another green car has made a relatively quiet debut, the Honda CR-Z hybrid. This week, the sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid made its way to dealerships across the country. Consumers can now get a firsthand look at Honda’s newest hybrid, take it for a test drive, and then sign on the dotted line and drive one home.
The new CR-Z is the first six-speed production hybrid in the nation and features a three-mode drive system, which allows drivers to choose between a more fuel-efficient drive, a sportier drive, and the vehicle’s normal operating mode. When combined with the sporty styling of the coupe, it is apparent that Honda is going after a different crowd with this hybrid. The hybrid driver of the future may just be younger and hipper than today’s eco-conscious motorists.
The 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid is available in two models. The CR-Z base model starts at $19,200 while the CR-Z EX has an MSRP of $20,760. The base model earned a 35-mpg fuel efficiency rating for city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. The sportier EX model comes with a slight drop in fuel efficiency: 31 mpg for the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
The CR-Z joins Honda’s existing lineup of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, which includes the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Honda Civic GX, and the Honda Insight. Will the new Honda CR-Z sports hybrid generate enough interest to unseat the Toyota Prius as the best-selling hybrid? Only time will tell.