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2012 Honda CR-Z

  • 2012 Honda CR-Z
  • 2012 Honda CR-Z
  • 2012 Honda CR-Z


The intersection of sport and hybrid can be found under the hood of the CR-Z.

Hybrid Thrill

The CR-Z is powered by a 16-valve, 1.5-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor Assist IMA®. This combination delivers both spirited performance rarely seen in the hybrid world with impressive fuel economy[1].

IMA Power

The battery pack, positioned low in CR-Z's body structure for optimal center of gravity, supplies juice to the Integrated Motor Assist system, giving the CR-Z abundant low-rpm torque for quick off-the-line acceleration. This is an attribute unique to electric motors and something the CR-Z would not benefit from with just the conventional engine.

6-Speed or CVT

The CR-Z's sporting credentials include a 6-speed manual transmission—the first production hybrid vehicle ever to be equipped this way. The transmission allows enthusiasts to drive the CR-Z to its maximum capabilities. Those who choose the CVT automatic transmission, however, are treated to racing-inspired paddle shifters that also provide driving excitement and engagement.

Sophisticated Suspension

A low center of gravity, wide tread and a low overall height contribute to the CR-Z's excellent handling. These virtues, together with specially tuned independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension, provide an exciting blend of agility, stability and ride quality.

[1] 35 city/39 hwy/37 combined for CVT models. 31 city/37 hwy/34 combined for 6MT models. Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


The CR-Z boasts an impressive list of standard safety features.

Active Systems: Control

To help keep you on course and away from danger, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)[2] helps sense oversteer or understeer, and then adjusts brake pressure at each wheel and/or reduces engine power to help restore driver control. Standard 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), help you maintain control during hard braking. Properly inflated tires are crucial for safe operation, so the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)[3] alerts the driver when a tire's pressure reaches a significantly low level.

Passive Systems: Protection

The CR-Z has been engineered to help protect you and your passengers when a collision just cannot be avoided. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.

Airbags and More

Standard front, front side and side curtain airbags help reduce the likelihood of injuries in a collision. Driver's and passenger's active head restraints help reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries in a sufficient rear impact.

Honda's Safety Philosophy

Honda is committed to providing safety for everyone—that means crash protection not only for our own drivers and passengers, but also for other vehicle occupants, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. We are dedicated to identifying and implementing advanced designs and features that help enhance the safety of vehicles on the road.

[2] VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

[3] For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.


For three decades, Honda has been hard at work advancing the science of efficient driving.

Responsible Indulgence

The CR-Z was designed for excellent fuel economy[4], but not at the expense of driving fun. With a combined EPA-estimated 37 mpg (CVT)[4], the AT-PZEV-rated[5] CR-Z ranks as one of the more efficient cars out there. And once you take it for a spin, you'll see that both goals were realized.

Eco Assist™

EPA numbers are important, but the way you drive also affects the fuel economy[4] you achieve. The CR-Z features a guidance system that helps boost your efficiency and monitor your own driving habits to maximize your mpg. It's called Eco Assist™[6] and it includes a green ECON button that, when pressed, regulates certain vehicle functions to maximize efficiency. The system also features real-time feedback to help promote driver awareness of efficient driving habits on a daily and ongoing basis.

[4] 35 city/39 hwy/37 combined mpg for CVT models. 31 city/37 hwy/34 combined mpg for 6MT models. Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

[5] AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle) models as certified by California Air Resources Board (CARB) and states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

[6] Eco Assist and ECON logo are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and may not be used or reproduced without prior written approval.


An audio system worthy of a car that can do it all.

Trim LevelPower (watts)AM/FM/CDMP3/ AUX JackSpeakersUSB Audio Interface[7]Digital Audio Card ReaderRadio Data System (RDS)
CR-Z160StandardStandard6Standard Standard
CR-Z EX360StandardStandard7 including 8-inch subwooferStandardwith Navigation[8]Standard (without navigation)

[7] The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

[8] The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX models in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.