Honda CR-Z (Side View) (2011)
Honda CR-Z (Side View) (2011)

Ride and Handling

In Sport Mode the steering response and weighting is noticeably better than in the other modes – the CR-Z is certainly agile and body roll is kept under control. There is plenty of front end grip although on ‘B’ roads you tended to be searching for more power.

All grades of CR-Z are fitted with lightweight 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, which are shod with 195/55R16 tyres. The ride quality is on the firm side and you can feel road imperfections but it is not uncomfortable.

Ease of Use

Getting in and out of the Honda CR-Z is fairly easy with wide opening front doors. Rear seat passengers may disagree, as entry/exit is a little tricky for all but the most nimble of adults and children.

In the front there is a fair amount of space but you do feel a little confined by the swooping roof line. Rear seat passengers are not going to be very happy – only small children can be accommodated, and then you may have some problems with child seats, even fitting them in proved a little difficult, especially with the ISOFix fixings but that is fairly typical of 3-door cars.

All round vision is hampered by the CR-Z coupe’s profile, over the shoulder vision is not that great and rear vision is hampered by the bar that goes across the rear window. There are rear parking sensors, but we feel that a reversing camera might be more beneficial and front sensors might be helpful.

We found that the rear tailgate glass became quite dirty and there isn’t a rear wiper, so if you want to clean the rear window you will have to clean it yourself.

Once in, the driver will find their seat is adjustable for height and the back rest is lever adjustable, Honda please use rotary dials, it makes it far easier to find the perfect back rest position. The leather bound steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and height.

Do not expect conventional dials and instrumentation, the CR-Z has been designed for the Playstation generation. The ergonomics are not bad but there are a lot of buttons, with the 3D glowing back-lit instruments, indicating your driving style – you may find it all too much.

The CR-Z has LED daytime running lights which was a first on any Honda.

The Honda CR-Z has a foot print of 4080mm long x 1740mm wide excluding mirrors (with mirrors 2013mm) x 1395mm height. This compares to the MINI Cooper Hatch which is 3723mm x 1683mm (exc. Mirrors) x 1407mm.

The boot capacity is a modest 225 litres, with the rear seats fold down which allows you to accommodate 401 litres to window level. This is bordering on the small size - the MINI’s statistics are 160 litres and 680 with the seats down.

There is rear privacy glass to protect rear seat passengers and to guard your cargo plus as you would expect there is a retractable tonneau cover.

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