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  • Henry

    The veloster is better as a 4 seater but this is better as a 2 seater!

  • ethan

    there are far better alternatives available than this for the price… far better…

    • Hiudiqa7

       like what? name a few…

  • victor

    Now heres a look only a mother can love!What happened to the back?
    The interior is super ugly and looks cheap.Why would anyone spend $4ok on this mess. No wonder their only forecasting shifting 600 of these ugly ducklings.Looks a bit better in white but still, hell no..SMH!

    • Torque

      Vic, is that you in picture 4 doing a runner away from this thing ?

    • Paul

      Yer and then the power does not repair the love lost from the looks. Best bet if you want a hybird to buy the prius 2012 wth 100KW alot better looks. Or better still for 44k get hybrid camry 2012 with 152KW.

  • Alexander

    I personally really like its interior exterior, although at this price you could get a larger/more efficient Prius if you’re after an eco car, or a Mini/A1/DS3 if you’re after something sporty. That said i think it blends things well, according to Fuelly.com the majority of them get about 6.0l/100km in real world which is still pretty decent.

  • rob

    Interior looks all over the place with vents, screens and dials placed everywhere at all sorts of angles. Exterior is just as ugly. Honda need to lift their game and design cars that people desire to own. The Honda spirit is gone, they are now just as bland as Toyota.

  • Hyundai Lover

    I understand that you don’t need high speed or big power to make a car sporty, as proved by the MX5 and Lotuses, but 9.7 seconds to 100km/h is pretty bad for any small car these days, especially one assisted by a battery. It could have been so much more…

    • Paul Suryawinata

      That official 9.7s figure is based on Normal driving mode. There are numerous sources from European and American sites that quote around 8.5-8.7 seconds figures on Sports mode.

  • o

    the base model looks better than the top spec, what happened with the sat nav =/

  • Phil

    Another interesting opening statement Alboraz.

    You mustn’t remember your review on the Mini D where you pretty much said the same thing.
    In fact in your review of the Golf Bluemotion and Fiesta Econetic they were described as being fun to drive too. Yet this was years ago and these cars lower Co2 figures than this CRZ.
    I guess you haven’t driven a Tesla either or don’t think a 3.9 sec run to 100kmh would be fun?

    Yet this CRZ is something “new” in that it can “genuinely put some fun into environmentally friendly motoring.”

  • http://www.serenaus.com.au Huw

    thanks for the test, I’ve beem looking forward to this car but really, its NO modern CRX, and sticking occassional rear seats in it is just plain pointless. We all know it was designed as a two seater, they should have left them out and dropped the price. In any case it seems that as good looking as it is, it’ll not make my buying list. Maybe if it had a 1.8 hybred? looks like Scirroco gets the nod unless of course they build that Ford coupe. Lets just consider hybreds for a sec, real life they don’t seem to offer any more fuel economy than the state of the art modern engines coming out. Another pointless thing.

    • http://www.serenaus.com.au Huw

      Really at this point the Astra GTC will be the winner.

      Honda needs to get its mojo back.

  • marcelito

    This is aimed at young professional women and the ” hairdresser” crowd that wants to be a bit different and I think it will sell to that niche reasonably well given it’s unique characteristics…will not appeal to people comparing it with the old CRX or the VW GTI models and such..

  • Faz

    car looks fine.. but the interior looks really cheap.. anyhow Veloster looks really great.

  • clem

    Honda CRZ – The POWER of Nanny’s Dream. 1.5 litre with assisted electric motor … sigh … I can’t say no more.

    Honda vs. Mazda = Floppy Disk Vs. Micro SD Card

    Honda Technology is not for everyone!

    • Torque

      LMAO, funny stuff clem.

  • ddb

    It’s alright i suppose

  • Maxxxy

    Love reading about anything Honda on this site. You can always count on the regular knockers. Wouldn’t matter what Honda did. Love to know how many of you actually have driven the thing? I haven’t yet, but will definitely test drive it. Love the front, not sure of the back, but does look good side on.

    I think this car will do better than you give it credit for. from what I read it ain’t trying to be. GTi, so why compare it?

    As for the Veloster? I prefer Japanese.

    • John

      “I think this car will do better than you give it credit for. from what I read it ain’t trying to be. GTi, so why compare it?”

      Um, because it is priced like one? Not to mention the fact that they are touting it as sporty.

      Honestly this car makes no sense at all. I’ve driven one of these, and you can get something faster, more economical, better to drive and better looking for the same or less.

      For the money, a Mini Cooper D would be a much better choice.

      • Alexander

        Officially the Cooper D isn’t any faster than a CR-Z & I’m not sure of like a diesel In a sporty car. Where have you driven a CR-Z?

      • Maxxxy

        John , does that mean every car at that price competes? So a small SUV at the price would be competing, if we say’ because ts priced like one’. A bit too simple.

  • Mark

    Finally it’s here!!! Goodbye 8th gen civic meet your replacement!!!

  • http://www.ighbiroh.com geyser

    Lamborghini Espada meets Alpine(renault) meets Bug eye Sprite meets design school graduate…… Oh HONDA why dont you just start making the “Z” again.

  • Pauly

    Oh Honda Australia. Another overpriced car to add to your line up. Maybe when Hyundai release the Veloster in January will you rethink your prices….


  • ftw

    WHY?…it is sooo ugly….

  • HondaBabe

    “…will appeal to a different kind of buyer. One who seeks style…”
    I’m a bit confused as to how this appeals to people looking for a bit of style, seems to be better suited to someone with no style. Esp the childish, tacky interior.

  • goodjjp

    CVT gearbox….
    Come on honda..

    Hyundai and VW is getting DSG gearbox for there
    Veloster and Scirocco

    Why they cant make powerful V-Tec engine with hybrid
    with DSG gearbox…
    Engine is normal power .. Battery makes car heavy
    I just do not see why people would buy this car
    plus for hybrid fuel economy isnt good as well…

    • http://caradvice OSU811

      Who cares about the CVT, Buy the Manual.!! Honda really should of made this with the 2.0l Type R VTEC engine for countries like OZ where we would prefer more performance, rather than just excellent fuel consumption.

  • VW

    The interior and exterior are a bit too much for me. An enviro car doesnt have to look like an enviro car.

    The VW Golf TDI or GTD looks like a normal car, drives better than this car and is more fuel efficient than this car.

    • Superfish

      But it’s a vw. Read the US quality results on faults Honda no 2 Vw done he bottom with skoda!

  • NotTheStig

    Nope – seems a fail to me…

    Lots of negatives and not many positives. Prospective buyers should have a good think before signing on the dotted line. If you LOVE the looks, then do it but if you are doing it for any other reason, stop !

  • Alex

    I can’t see one think I like about this car.

  • Schnookums

    Boys, boys, boys. Not every car on earth has to suit you. It doesn’t have to be ‘fast’, it doesn’t have to be a sports car that races off at the lights. As a woman, I want a car that looks good, drives to MY requirements which are different to what you are looking for. As a woman I class ths car as sporty – nothing to do with speed, but all to do with looks.

    I love it. I can see myself driving around in this quite easily! I am so excited, and I also think the mini (who wants to drive a square on wheels), and the veloster, from what I’ve seen are ugly. And Pauly I wouldn’t buy a Hyundai, full stop. They haven’t been making good cars long enough for me to hand over my $$$. I still remember the sh@@-box Excel I had as my first car. They may have moved on, but it will take a few more years of proof before I ever buy one again.

    Thanks Honda for bringing out something that suits us single women for a change, other than the Jazz, which really doesn’t make any kind of statement other than ‘practical’.

    If it turns out to appeal to us girls more than you guys, then so what! Cars are not only for blokes.

    Alex, I can’t see one thing I DON’T LIKE about the car. I have to wait 3 weeks before I can drive one, but I am really looking forward to it.

    • Thrillhouse

      That’s nice. But it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s being marketed as a sports car, when it is very clearly nothing of the sort. It’s also 10 grand over-priced, minimum.

    • http://www.uwrtgvour.com geyser

      DAAAARRRLLING. I’m all for the sisterhood girlpower thing you have going here, but.. you demonstrate the same irrational bias that we men are famous for………… ” I wouldn’t buy a Hyundai, full stop. They haven’t been making good cars long enough for me to hand over my $$$. I still remember the sh@@-box Excel I had as my first car. They may have moved on, but it will take a few more years of proof before I ever buy one again.”

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Veloster will eat this and be cheaper..

  • K-Pop

    Drove the CR-Z on the weekend….not a bad car actually, it’s “different” in a nice way. The only problem is the price….ridiculously expensive. For the same price as the base model you can get a Polo GTi. Or for $5k less you can get the Audi A1. Even the salesman told me he wished Honda had a lower price on it because he received lots of interest in the last 48hrs, he would have sold few already but people were just put off when they found out the price.

    • PaulS

      Yep, totally agree that the price is ridiculous, yet again. However, A1 being 29,900k rrp is one of the biggest scam in recent automotive history lol! Went to 5 different dealerships and no one had the car in that basic config… they are mostly selling configs that are about 39k rrp once you include air conditioning, leather, alloys and radio.

      • Superfish

        Too right. Let alone the countryman. Have to get auto headlights and rain sensing wipers as an option. Took the price to 58k and not Hal f the car of the CRZ

  • K-Pop

    I think this car could have easily been Honda’s new hot hatch if they simply forget about the hybrid system and installed the K20 engine in it. It would have been the proud successor to the CR-Z in more ways that just its shape.

    • PaulS

      K-Pop, I completely agree with you regarding dropping K20 in. However, I think a lot of us miss the point that this is more so about meeting Government emission laws rather than becoming the ‘green’ car manufacturer. And because of this, K20 will sadly cease production :-(

      Honda is betting on IMA instead of turbocharging… it will be interesting what the future holds.

  • LN

    Honda in for ‘mobility’ and the ‘saving the trees’.

    Seriously Honda must get back to its root with the Integra type-r and prelude. They are becoming bland and boring.

  • Rubes

    Why weren’t there any pictures from the actual review? This didn’t seem like some of the other reviews on here, more like a summary of the stats and visually what it looks like.

  • Paul

    What a fail for honda. If they were smart they would have used a civic typer r 2.0L engine.

  • gibbut@hotmail.com

    i like it

    but the stereo looks like its a mile from the driver??

  • Al Juraj

    The CR-Z wants to be two cars in one, but misses out on both ends. It’s neither a sports car nor a miserly one. The dash is also quite messy. As the Koreans head for the right direction, it seems that Honda is going the other way.

    For the money, there are simply a lot of better alternatives, but not Golf GTD as it costs about 10K or so more.

  • 2ndeffort

    Looks like Tarzan, reportedly goes like Jane!!!  If they can fit another 100Kw into a Type R version I might be interested, otherwise not even worth the Test Drive.

  • Bob

    They need to add manual to the lux version. This would likely clash with the CVT sport model in the pricing line up though. The whole point of this car is “fun to drive” and the hybrid mixed with the manual box was what made it stand apart.

Honda CR-Z Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$18,040 - $20,500
Dealer Retail
$19,240 - $22,880
Dealer Trade
$14,200 - $16,400
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
167Nm @  1000rpm
Max. Power
91kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
4.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
195/55 R16
Rear Tyres
195/55 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Lower control arm, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Coil Spring, Double acting gas filled shock absorber
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control
Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer
Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin