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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
…Rear vision is badly hampered by that dramatic, sloping roof line, especially into the blind spots over your shoulders.
…You'll wish the CR-Z was available with a backup camera-the D-pillars could block an entire neighborhood.
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.
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.
Safety scores are likely to be strong; the CR-Z's biggest issue is visibility.