Honda CR-Z puts fuel economy in driver’s hands
Honda is introducing the CR-Z, America’s first two-seat hybrid sports car, in 2011. With a base price of just $19,960 and the unique approach to sporty environmentalism, Honda hopes the car will appeal to those who want good fuel economy but also want to have fun behind the wheel.
“The CR-Z is a completely brand new model,” promised Bill Niles, sales and leasing consultant with Fuoco Honda.
The CR-Z operates in three different modes, according to the whims of the driver. Sport mode makes the car more peppy and responsive, with quicker acceleration and throttle response; normal mode is the default position and Econ mode maximizes fuel efficiency.
“If the owner presses economy, the miles per gallon will go up eight miles per gallon,” said Niles, adding that buyers who purchase the sporty hybrid can qualify for a tax credit from the state of Colorado, which can be spread out over a five-year period.
“We don’t anticipate always having one in the showroom,” Niles said. The dealer received three models about a month ago. There’s only one left on the showroom floor.
The 2011 Honda Odyssey is also receiving lots of second looks.
“The best just got better,” Niles said. The updated van is quieter, smoother, offers more interior flexibility and gets better gas mileage. Some of the unique features of the new Odyssey include the navigation system that speaks in French, English or Spanish, a sound system capable of holding 3,500 songs, three rows of seats, with the capacity to fit thee large people or three child safety seats in the second row, the variable cylinder management system for better engine efficiency and a slightly bigger interior capable of carrying 4 X 8-foot building materials.
“We have one Honda Odyssey,” Niles said, “But we’re taking orders and deposits for vehicles.” Niles warned that it can take a couple of months for a vehicle on order, unless they find another dealer with an available vehicle or with an order that’s higher up the priority chain.
Base models start at $27,800 and progress up to $43,520 for the Touring Elite model, which includes features like the heated power side mirrors, the Honda satellite-linked naviation system, high intensity discharge headlight, blindspot information system, the Honda DVD ultrawide rear entertainment system and a premium audio system.
Right now, Honda is offering various forms of buyer assistance, with extra cash, low interest rates and low lease rates.
“There are also some year-end clearance deals,” Niles said.