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The 2014 Honda CR-Z is one the manufacturer’s weakest-performing and lowest-priced cars available. Since this is a hybrid vehicle, its 1.5-litre gasoline engine is paired with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist, which can produce only 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are fairly pitiful, especially when its fuel economy is at 5.4L/100km city and 5.0L/100km hwy, which aren’t all too impressive either. The CR-Z is worth a look, but it may not be worth a purchase.

The 2014 Honda CR-Z is still one the manufacturer’s lowest-priced vehicles, followed closely by the Civic Sedan and Fit, which means that it still (sadly) hasn’t found its niche. It’s a hybrid two-seat hatchback that manages to produce an embarrassingly low amount of power, while being even less sporty than the Civic Hybrid. What’s worse is that the fuel economy trade-off is so pitiful that this car is almost not worth the “hybrid” moniker. The CR-Z certainly has its moments, but they can be tough to find.

The 2014 Honda CR-Z is many ways the coupe version of the Insight or maybe even the new version of the CRX. However, no matter how you look at it, the CR-Z is like nothing Honda has built before. With the "one motion wedge" concept in place, the CR-Z one of the least typical-looking vehicles out there. In fact, it’s uncomfortably unsettling if anything. Its trapezoidal open-mouth grille, half-glass back hatch and everything else in-between make it seem as if the CR-Z's exterior flows in one continuous line as if crafted from a single hunk of metal.

On the inside, the 2014 Honda CR-Z looks like a spaceship cockpit for from a sci-fi film. Despite the somewhat futuristic look, the CR-Z's controls all site in logical places, while being incredibly easy to operate. The placement of the climate controls is particularly good since they sit just to the right of the steering wheel. The sport seats are well-bolstered and very comfortable, but Honda does not offer a leather seats, while black is the only interior colour available on the majority of models.

Under the hood, the 2014 CR-V comes with a gasoline-electric powertrain that includes a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine and a 15-kilowatt motor, which deliver combined 130 horsepower. This is the sixth version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology, which debuted in the very first Honda Insight in 2000. One feature that does not seem to matter is the auto-stop – it’s essentially a fuel-saving measure that put the engine at a complete stop, while making the car vibrate when it gets restarted. Every CR-Z model comes with a gearless continuously variable automatic transmission – for those who hate manual transmissions. Its fuel economy is at 5.4L/100km city and 5.0L/100km hwy, but that’s not nearly as good as one would expect from a vehicle like this, given that it’s a hybrid.

So, is the 2014 Honda CR-Z worth the sticker price of 22,755? If you’re looking for one of the cheaper hybrids, then yes. However, don’t expect it to be overly efficient or in any way attractive. Maybe it will appeal to you, but if you prefer “adorable” cars, like the Toyota Prius, then stay away from this one – it’s actually scary-looking.

2014 Honda CR-Z
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Rating: 6.9 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
6MT$22,755 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
CVT$24,055 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 1.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM130
Fuel TypeElectric
Body typeHatchback
Number of Doors3
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeManual
Power and Performance:

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Honda CR-Z is powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid system that mates a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission. The torque number drops to 127 lb-ft with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), which also comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

A three-mode selector allows the driver to choose from Normal, Econ or Sport driving modes. Each adjusts parameters for gas-pedal sensitivity, steering effort level, transmission programming (CVT), additional electric motor assist (manual transmission) and air-conditioning usage. The Plus Sport System allows the driver to enjoy a boost in acceleration -- provided the battery is more than 50 percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 19 mph. Pressing the "S+" button on the steering wheel does the trick by allowing maximum power from the battery pack for 5 seconds. This feature can be used in any of the drive modes.

The EPA's fuel economy estimates are 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city/38 mpg highway) with the manual transmission and 37 mpg combined (36 city/39 highway) with the CVT.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

Interiors and Special Features:

Where all hybrid cars have additional gauges and playful readouts to make them appear more futuristic, the 2014 Honda CR-Z hybrid's cockpit looks like something from a pseudo-sci-fi film. Worry not, though, for in typical Honda style all of the CR-Z's controls are logically placed and easy to operate. We particularly like the placement of the climate controls, which reside just to the right of the steering wheel. The sport seats are nicely bolstered and very comfortable, but Honda does not offer a leather seat option, and black is the only interior color scheme available on most models.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

The 2014 Honda CR-Z comes with standard safety features that include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints. A rearview camera is included on EX models equipped with the navigation system.

In Edmunds brake testing, the CR-Z came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet -- a good performance among compact cars.

In government crash tests, the CR-Z earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five) as well as four stars for frontal-impact protection. It earned just three out of five stars in side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CR-Z its highest rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

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