Sunday, August 29, 2010
EPA numbers are important, but the way you drive also affects the fuel economy you achieve. The CR-Z features a guidance system that helps boost your efficiency and monitor your own driving habits to maximize your mpg. It's called Eco Assist™ and it includes a green ECON™ button that, when pressed, regulates certain vehicle functions to maximize efficiency. The system also features real-time feedback to help promote driver awareness of efficient driving habits on a daily and ongoing basis.
The intersection of sport and hybrid can be found under the hood of the CR-Z.
The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor Assist IMA®. This combination delivers both spirited performance rarely seen in the hybrid world with impressive fuel economy.
The battery pack, positioned low in CR-Z's body structure for optimal center of gravity, supplies juice to the Integrated Motor Assist system, giving the CR-Z abundant low-rpm torque for quick off-the-line acceleration. This is an attribute unique to electric motors and something the CR-Z would not benefit from with just the conventional engine.
6-Speed or CVT
The CR-Z's sporting credentials include a 6-speed manual transmission—the first production hybrid vehicle ever to be equipped this way. The transmission allows enthusiasts to drive the CR-Z to its maximum capabilities. Those who choose the CVT automatic transmission, however, are treated to racing-inspired paddle shifters that also provide driving excitement and engagement.
A low center of gravity, wide tread and a low overall height contribute to the CR-Z's excellent handling. These virtues, together with specially tuned independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension, provide an exciting blend of agility, stability and ride quality.