Can a hybrid be as fun as a sports car? Can a sports car save fuel like a hybrid?
Honda this week gave automotive journalists their first chance behind the wheel of the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid. Honda�"s goal with the all-new two-seater is to combine the fuel parsimony of a hybrid with the sportiness of the company�"s classic CRX coupe�and to offer it as the most affordable hybrid on the market.
The fuel economy rating of the standard six-speed manual is 31/37 mpg, with the optional automatic (CVT) rated at 35/39 mpg.
"The CR-Z is as much about the driving experience as it is about our commitment to fuel efficiency and affordable hybrid technology," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co. "We lit the fuse on hybrids," Mendel said.
Did they succeed? On affordability, the answer is yes. The MSRP of the CR-Z, which goes on sale on Aug. 24, is not official, but is expected at less than $20,000. That does make it the lowest priced hybrid on the market�and the only one available with a manual transmission.
But on the evaluation of the Honda CR-Z as both a sports car and as a hybrid, the reviews are mixed. And yet, there�"s an underlying sentiment that Honda has made a worthwhile contribution to the hybrid field. Here�"s a sampling of what auto critics had to say on the twin goals.
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