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Honda CR-Z Owners?

Old 02-06-2013, 12:25 PM
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Question Honda CR-Z Owners?

I am on the market for a 2-door vehicle that I can commute to work in basically use as my DD, and I was convinced by a buddy to drive a CR-Z. After driving one, I instantly want one. It fits the bill perfectly and just-so-happens to get great MPG's (compared to past vehicles I have owned) and isn't a pig or unenjoyable to drive, by any means.

I've looked on CR-Z forums, but they are all hybrid nerds with terrible opinions, or they are Hondafags trying to slam/stretch/poke/herrafrush/God'sgifttohondatuners/gay with these things. I'm neither of those and just looking for normal guy input.

My questions to anyone that owns one are as follows:
-are they actually livable as a daily driver? or do they become a hassle once they have lost their 'new car luster'

-why do people own them for such a short time? I mean half of them on the market have >20k on them

-can I do all the maintenance myself? AKA I have never owned a hybrid!

-how is the comfort/noise/ride quality for interstates? is it comfortable enough to take weekend trips with the woman along with weekend luggage?

-is the CVT as bad as some of the reviewers say? should I just spring for the 6MT?

-I have not really come across any high mileage CR-Zs and I am curious if they will have normal Honda longevity. I'm sure they will since they have a ton of parts in common with the FIT, but I am curious.


Any other input would be great! Just looking for REAL reasons to either buy or not to buy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:44 AM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

Really? Nobody has any experience with these- sorta surprised.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:49 AM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

Swap a k in it, throw any emissions equipment in the trash, delete the PS and AC, burn the tires off it...



Sorry.


I think they're neat but impractical for me since I have kids. Don't know ANYONE who's actually had one though.
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

2.0T_Convert over on TCL had one for a while, posted his thoughts on the car ridiculously often.

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...CR-Z-ownership
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...es-CR-Z-update

Got rid of his, but you can read through those posts to see what he had to say about it at the time.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:06 AM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

Family member of mine just traded his in at less than 30k just like you mentioned.....i`ll have to ask him why and get back to you.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

My old roomie had one, I hated that damn thing. HUGE blind spots, NO pick up, handled like a pig, and despite the exteriors size, it was cramped and uncomfortable on the inside. Honestly, I hated that car, I think he is starting to, too.
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I love my Fit.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:38 AM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

Originally Posted by TATTRAT View Post
My old roomie had one, I hated that damn thing. HUGE blind spots, NO pick up, handled like a pig, and despite the exteriors size, it was cramped and uncomfortable on the inside. Honestly, I hated that car, I think he is starting to, too.
I noticed this the one and only time i was in my cousins CR-Z... was not friendly to the 6'2" 240+ crowd.
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

I've always thought this car was marketed as sporty and fuel efficient and it's neither. I like the way it looks, but the interior is pretty small and my test drive wasn't all that fun. I'm pretty sure the base Cooper I just sold had more room in it. It is still fairly new though, perhaps that's why there aren't many with over 25k miles?
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:34 PM
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Default Re: Honda CR-Z Owners?

Well luckily I'm not a terribly large guy- I'm 6'0 and about 185lbs. I seem to fit in it just fine and I have no kids and the clam is small. I also have no trouble in my brothers Honda FIT.

Thanks for that link up there- I'm going to look through it a while.

I thought it was sportier than other cars with <115HP, but I mean who's looking for sporty when the thing is that underpowered.

I have a short commute to work, about a mile, so 35-40 mpg in town sounds wonderful. I'd have to fill it once a month.
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