Honda CR-Z Defies Hybrid Conventions

The hybrid market is in a state of constant evolution, and nothing hammers home that point more than the 2012 Honda CR-Z. The sport hybrid coupe from the Honda delivers both exceptional fuel economy and performance by pairing a sixth-generation parallel hybrid system called Honda Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) with three selectable driving modes: Sport, Normal, and Econ.

This combination allows the 2012 Honda CR-Z to achieve an impressive 31 mpg city/37 mpg highway* when sporting with a six-speed manual transmission and 35 mpg city/39 mpg highway*  when fitted a continuously variable transmission (CVT). What's more, with its lightweight, two-seat design, its 128-horsepower, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine allows the 2012 Honda CR-Z to handle anything the road throws its way with ease.

If having an efficient and capable ride is not enough for you,  never fear, this is where the select able driving modes come into play. Normal mode keeps everything smooth and even, providing a mix of fuel efficiency and power. If you're feeling a little more need for speed - here enters the Sport mode. This mode uses the engine to its full capacity, but also forces the user to feel more forgiving in regards to fuel economy. If this has left  you feeling a little guilty, don't worry, the Econ mode is here to the rescue, limiting the engine and maximizing fuel economy.

The 2012 Honda CR-Z comes in three trim levels: Base, EX, and EX with Navigation. To make things even easier to decide, Honda doesn't offer a wide array of features for each trim, but yet a list of set features. 

Not sure what one is best for you? Let the experts at Gurley Leep Honda help you decide. Come on into our Elkhart Honda dealership today or simply give us a call. 

* comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle

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