The country’s only “sport hybrid coupe”—the Honda CR-Z—is back for the 2012 model year with a minor increase to its MSRP and the same unique mix of athletic handling and impressive EPA ratings as the 2011 version.
The base 2012 Honda CR-Z is priced from $19,545 with a six-speed manual transmission, which represents a $200 addition to its bottom line; the base model with Honda’s efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) starts at $20,195. For that price of admission, customers will see a wide range of standard amenities, including Honda’s vehicle stability assist system, a six-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/USB sound system, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control, along with an EPA line of 31 mpg city/37 mpg highway/34 mpg combined with the DIY gearbox and 35/39/37 with a CVT.
Offering a higher level of standard equipment is the 2012 Honda CR-Z EX, showcasing an MSRP of $21,105 with a manual transmission and $21,755 with a CVT. The CR-Z EX builds on the strong platform of the base model and adds premium content like automatic high-intensity discharge (HID) head lamps, a 360-watt audio setup with seven speakers (including a subwoofer), Bluetooth functionality, textured aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the proverbial much, much more.
The CR-Z EX also offers the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with a 6.5-inch display and voice recognition, for an additional $1,800.
Regardless of model, customers will be able to enjoy a dynamic driving experience that leverages a unique version of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and an advanced I4 i-VTEC engine with intelligent variable valve timing and lift electronic control. The two propulsion sources combine for 122 peak horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque for responsive acceleration, enhanced further by a sport-tuned suspension: The CR-Z relies on MacPherson struts up front and an H-shaped torsion-beam setup at the rear.
At the same time, however, the CR-Z’s three-mode drive system allows owners to fine-tune the car’s operation for enhanced fuel efficiency (Econ mode) or everyday driving (Normal mode), as well as to maximize performance via the Sport mode.
And naturally, the CR-Z boasts a full complement of safety and security technologies. The front of the car was specifically designed to mitigate potential pedestrian injuries in the case of an accident, and the CR-Z also relies on Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure to help do the same for occupants. That same dedication to occupant protection is shown by the car’s wide range of standard air bags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and side-curtain airbags.
Drivers can expect the 2012 Honda CR-Z to land in dealerships this fall.