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2011 Honda CR-Z

Day 1

2011 Honda CR-Z
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Honda calls the all-new for 2011 Honda CR-Z the world’s first Sports Hybrid. I’m, skeptical but we’ll see how the week goes, especially after having driven a real sports car the week prior. can the CR-Z offer both sport and fuel economy?

For our market, the CR-Z is a two seater; that is one strike against, although it does give the car plenty of cargo space. With the rear “seat” folded down, you could easily fit all your hockey gear in the back.

2011 Honda CR-Z
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The CR-Z comes in three colours only — white, silver/grey and a really stunning blue — and my tester is white, and customized with Honda decals but these are not options, but something Honda did to the press vehicle.

My CR-Z is a base model and comes well-equipped, including power windows and door locks, cruise control, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth as well as auxiliary and USB ports, the latter of which works with the iPhone for audio streaming.

My tester is also a six-speed manual, the only hybrid offered today with a stickshift, making it that much more unique and sporty. The IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) drivetrain ingeniously shuts off the engine when you place the gear lever in neutral as you slow to a stop — more on that later.

The trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake and back should give this tester a good workout and highlight its sport versus hybrid attributes.

2011 Honda CR-Z
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $23,490

For more information on Honda and the CR-Z visit Honda Canada

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