#TBT | Is the Honda CR-Z a worthy successor to the CRX?

J.G.
By J.G. Pasterjak
Nov 16, 2023 | Honda, crx, CR-Z | Posted in Features | From the Nov. 2010 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: J.G. Pasterjak

[Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the November 2010 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

If you’ve already made up your mind about the Honda CR-Z—Honda’s new sporty two-seat hybrid that not-too-accidentally invokes the spirit of the legendary CRX—you may as well stop reading. If you think that there’ll never be another CRX, and that any attempt to duplicate such …

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pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/21/19 1:59 p.m.

Generally of note is that CR-Zs really seem to be tanking in value lately. You kind of really have to not want a Fit in order to justify one, since they are objectively slower and less practical than a Fit yet return similar real-world MPG, but they are much easier to accept as a novelty compromise car in the $6-7k range. There are more aftermarket parts available than there were when I last looked as well.

spacecadet
spacecadet GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/21/19 2:16 p.m.

In reply to pointofdeparture :

That's a pretty solid take and I agree with your logic. The CR-Z and Fit of a similar age are very close in price. 

Knurled.
Knurled. GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/21/19 2:29 p.m.

In reply to pointofdeparture :

Fits are really uncomfortable, though.  And I thought CR-Zs were good for 45+mpg while Fits were 35ish.

spacecadet
spacecadet GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/21/19 2:37 p.m.
Knurled. said:

In reply to pointofdeparture :

Fits are really uncomfortable, though.  And I thought CR-Zs were good for 45+mpg while Fits were 35ish.

Fuelly shows most users in the 37-41 area being the top of the bell curve for the CR-Z. I saw in the 32-34 range in my manual fit at Houston's 70 mph freeway speeds. 

 

And the CR-Z uses the same type of rear suspension as the Fit, rear twist beam.

The Fit isn't perfect, but I've never thought they were uncomfortable and I've got a bunch of miles in 1st gen and 2nd gen's They're actually 1 of 2 cars with perfect seating position for my weird ergonomics so I really like them. They're a bit louder because they skipped on sound insulation, but they're worlds more practical than the CR-Z. 

 

 

_
_ HalfDork
10/21/19 3:07 p.m.

We drove a crz before buying our fit. "Fits" like a glove. The crz didn't. 

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/21/19 3:23 p.m.
Knurled. said:

In reply to pointofdeparture :

Fits are really uncomfortable, though.  And I thought CR-Zs were good for 45+mpg while Fits were 35ish.

Having driven both and before buying a 2g Fit, I would say they are equally uncomfortable. And the CR-Zs don't get anywhere near that kind of fuel economy in the real world.

I really wanted to like the CR-Z but it felt like I had to make a LOT of compromises for 5.4 MPG. The Fit felt quicker and lighter on its feet. I would probably still have my Fit if I didn't get a job that required a 20 mile freeway commute at 70MPH.


jstein77
jstein77 UberDork
10/21/19 3:28 p.m.

Why was this posted now?  Honda doesn't even sell the CR-Z anymore.

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
10/21/19 3:32 p.m.

They also don't sell Porsche 356s but they just had tech tips for them posted.. ;-)

slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
10/21/19 3:34 p.m.

I enjoyed the CR-Z in Forza 4. That's all I can contribute to this topic.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
10/21/19 3:40 p.m.
jstein77 said:

Why was this posted now?  Honda doesn't even sell the CR-Z anymore.

When I went to post this video to our video page, I noticed that it referenced an article that had never been digitally uploaded. Since both cars can be found for sale still, I decided to upload the story to complement the video. 

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