The folks at Top Gear magazine have crowned the new 2011 Honda CR-Z their ‘Green Car of the Year,’ giving the new hybrid hatchback from the Japanese automaker a total of four rewards.
“Of all the cars we’ve brought to China, CR-Z is far and away the one I feel most at home with – and most excited about,” Top Gear said. “Compact, accessible and responsive, it’s a breeze to drive in this hectic and distracting place.”
“To be recognised by a publication as well respected as Top Gear is a great achievement for the CR-Z and for Honda,” said Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director for Honda UK. “We’re so pleased with the reception the CR-Z has received from the press, especially when you consider the strength of the competition out there. The car has only been on sale for nine months but we’re already looking for a bigger trophy cabinet!”
Refresher: The 2011 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC mated to Honda”s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. It produces a total of 122-hp and a maximum torque of 128 lb-ft. When mated to a 6-speed manual, the CR-Z returns an EPA-estimated 31/37/34 mpg (city/highway/combined). With the CVT transmission, the CR-Z returns 35/39/37 mpg. Prices in the United States start at $19,200.
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– By: Omar Rana