2012 Honda CR-Z vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda CR-Z 3dr CVT EX w/Navi Side Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2012 Honda CR-Z is the sole occupant of the hybrid sports coupe sector, and coupes in general haven't been a growth segment of late.

The Scion tC is probably its closest competitor, with a full restyle last year and a heavy focus on infotainment and sound systems.

For iconic shapes, the regrettably pricey MINI Cooper and the all-new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle are "statement" cars that are also fun to drive.

The Ford Fiesta and new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompacts--both offered as sedans and hatchbacks--offer more space inside, four or five seats, and fuel economy that's almost as good, for prices that may end up lower than the CR-Z.

We think they may be the real competition for the CR-Z.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2012 Honda CR-Z is the only hybrid sports coupe, but that's not quite enough for us.
7.6
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
7.2
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse marks the end of an era, and leaves us nostalgic for the Eclipses of the early 1990s.
8.0
It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp.
8.6
Part hatchback, part convertible, and all fun, the 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible is in a class by itself--literally.
7.6
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
MSRP From     
$19,695$13,200$19,499$18,495$24,950$18,575
Gas Mileage     
31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class     
Two SeatersSubcompactSub-CompactSubcompact carMinicompactCompact Car
Style Name     
3-Door Manual4-Door Sedan S3-Door Coupe Manual GS2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry *Ltd Avail*2-Door2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
254445
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/A2N/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedan3 Door CoupeCoupeConvertible3 Door Hatchback
Transmission     
ManualManualManual w/ODAutomaticManualManual w/OD