The CR-Z continues a long tradition of sporty two-seat coupes in America. In 1984, Honda introduced the Civic CRX. Light and nimble, the CRX quickly established itself within the enthusiast community. The combination of its high quality and excellent driving dynamics led Motor Trend to name the 1984 CRX as its Import Car of the Year. In 1985, a high-efficiency HF model and the fuel-injected Si model were added to the CRX lineup. The 1988 model year brought an all-new CRX to the marketplace. The new smoothed-out lines felt significantly more upscale and the split rear window became a trademark feature. With its longer wheelbase and wider track, the CRX handled better than ever and was snatched up by driving enthusiasts, some of whom added their own personal touches, making the CRX one of the first cars to inspire the import aftermarket scene.
The targa-topped 2-seat del Sol was first introduced to North America in 1993. A small, front-engine car, the del Sol continued where the CRX left off. 1994 saw the introduction of the del Sol featuring VTEC®Honda's trademark engine valve-timing system, giving it 160 hp and turning it into a rocket. Like the CRX, aftermarket enthusiasts snapped up the del Sol and went to work modifying the 1.6-liter VTEC motor.
The original Honda Insight 2-seat coupe, introduced in late 1999, broke new ground as the first gasoline-electric hybrid car sold in America. Aerodynamic and innovative, the Insight redefined the way the industry thought about fuel-efficient vehicles. The centerpiece of this groundbreaking car was the compact and efficient Integrated Motor Assist IMA® hybrid powertrain.
The philosophy of a fun, lightweight 2-seat coupe continues with the CR-Z. Featuring a mode for every mood, the 3-mode drive system lets you change how the car performs in real time. If you want efficiency, simply push the ECON button; for more thrills, go for Sport mode; and for a combination of the two, remain in Normal. Using the latest generation of IMA technology, the 2014 CR-Z set the standard for nimble small cars of the modern era, just like its predecessors did back in their day.