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8.0
/ 10
On Safety
BASE INVOICE
$18,260
BASE MSRP
$19,345
On Safety
Safety scores are likely to be strong; the CR-Z's biggest issue is visibility.
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SAFETY | 8 out of 10

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NHTSA

Top Safety Pick
IIHS

…Rear vision is badly hampered by that dramatic, sloping roof line, especially into the blind spots over your shoulders.
Inside Line

…You'll wish the CR-Z was available with a backup camera-the D-pillars could block an entire neighborhood.
Automobile

Put your head on a swivel in traffic. CR-Z has considerable blind spots. Fat rear roof pillars and triangular rear side windows rob glance-ability.
USA Today

The CR-Z has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Honda has a good recent safety track record, and we expect better-than-average scores for this compact 2011 Honda hybrid. The related Insight was rated at four stars for front-passenger frontal impact protection by the NHTSA, and the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick. We’ll revisit this score when the agencies test the CR-Z.

Standard safety features include dual front, side, and curtain airbags; active head restraints; anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control; and hill assist on manual-transmission cars.

Visibility is a glaring issue in the low-slung CR-Z. To the rear quarters, there’s almost no clear angle of view. The thick pillars will have you using every bit of your mirrors, and usually leaning out of the car, to get a safe visual lead.

Conclusion

Safety scores are likely to be strong; the CR-Z's biggest issue is visibility.

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