2014 Honda CR-Z vs. Its Competition

2014 Honda CR-Z EX with Navigation
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

There are no direct competitors for the 2014 Honda CR-Z--it's the sole two-seat hybrid hatchback on the market--but other cars offer sportier driving or higher fuel efficiency, depending on which you prioritize.

Coupes are a small category to start with, but while the Scion tC is getting long in the tooth, its focus on personalization options, sound systems, and infotainment combine with a sportier character than the CR-Z.

The Fiat 500 Abarth is a blast to drive, and blows the doors of Honda's hybrid in the fun quotient.

Various MINI Coopers, from the odd-looking Coupe to the standard three-door hatchback, come out of the box for more sportiness built in.

As for fuel efficiency, a whole raft of Toyota Prius models offers more space and much higher gas-mileage ratings.

But the biggest competition may be the remarkably good subcompacts from U.S.

makers: the Chevy Sonic and Ford Fiesta, the latter updated this year.

They're just as much fun behind the wheel, they're far more spacious for both people and gear, and they're cheaper to boot.

And you can up the sportiness with Sonic RS and Fiesta ST models as well.

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If you're looking for a two-seat hybrid hatchback coupe, the 2014 Honda CR-Z is your only choice--but many other small cars offer more driving fun, or higher fuel efficiency, often at equal cost.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is light-years ahead of its Aveo predecessor, which Chevy hopes you'll forget. It's stylish, comfortable, drives nicely, and has excellent safety ratings and infotainment features.
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Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
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The 2014 Scion tC coupe has an interesting personality, made a bit better this year, but it's standing in the shadow of the excellent FR-S sports car.
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If you're willing to go small, the 2014 Fiat 500 is one of the most stylish ways to do it—and the Abarth and Turbo add just the right 'edge' to the personality.
MSRP From    
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Gas Mileage    
31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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