The Honda CR-Z isn't the most popular model on the block. In fact, we're a little surprised that it's still around, given that the CR-Z has been Honda's lowest-selling model.
Yet, here we are, on the day that the 2015 version of Honda's sporty, hybrid coupe arrives in showrooms, priced from $20,145.
For that sum -- plus tax, title, a $790 destination fee, and other ancillary expenses -- you can drive off in the CR-Z 6-speed manual. Like all CR-Z models, it's equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and an Integrated Motor Assist electric motor. The two generate a spunky 130 horsepower and 140 ft-lbs of torque, while also turning out a respectable fuel economy of 31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway.
The base CR-Z also comes with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a rearview camera (soon to be mandatory on all new U.S. vehicles), a stereo system with USB port, and remote entry.
Fuel-frugal motorists might want to upgrade to the CR-Z with continuously variable transmission. For $20,795, you'll flirt with the 40 mpg mark, earning 36 city and 39 highway.
Shell out a bit more, and you can grab a CR-Z EX, which comes in both regular and Navi versions. The differences between those are minimal and largely cosmetic -- though as you might guess, Navi models come with Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System, as well as voice recognition software. The top-of-the-line CR-Z EX CVT Navi runs $24,140.
If you're into tuning, Honda's Performance Development division offers a number of streetwise upgrades and add-ons for the CR-Z, including front brakes, sport suspension, a supercharger, 18-inch alloy wheels, and, of course, spoilers. You'll find a complete rundown of those options at Honda.com.
Want an insider's take? Check out our own John Voelcker's review of the 2015 CR-Z.