Honda CR-Z Hybrid  vs Insight Hybrid 

Honda CR-Z Hybrid EX

  • $22k
  • 1.5L Hybrid
  • 31 city 38 hwy
The hybrid system now has a lithium-ion battery pack that provides greater voltage, which increases overall horsepower and torque.
by (Dec, 2012)

Honda Insight Hybrid

  • $19k
  • 1.3L Hybrid
  • 41 city 44 hwy
The engine itself, with but two valves per cylinder, is relatively low tech, but everything else is appropriately high tech.1.3-liter inline-4 (plus 10-kilowatt, 13-horsepower electric motor)98 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm123 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-1,700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 41/44 mpg.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of EX vs Insight Hybrid


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile and nitrogen oxide/mile

Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Honda Insight Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Honda Insight Hybrid  based on its affordability, fuel economy and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of CR-Z Hybrid vs Insight Hybrid

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Honda CR-Z Hybrid EX

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Saves on fuel $1,287 vs $1,610 More than 20% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes vs No Cylinder deactivation can improve fuel economy
Better city driving range 434 miles vs 328 miles More than 30% further in the city
Better highway driving range 466 miles vs 402 miles More than 15% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$21,655 10.9¢/mile Honda CR-Z Hybrid
Insight Hybrid $18,600 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Insight Hybrid is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Honda CR-Z Hybrid Insight Hybrid
Price $4,331 ($21,655) $3,720 ($18,600)
Fuel $1,642 (2,219 gallons) $1,312 (1,773 gallons)
City 31 MPG 41 MPG
Highway 38 MPG 44 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

CR-Z Hybrid  vs Insight Hybrid 

The top of the dash wraps around toward the driver, and it's covered in pleasantly soft-touch materials-unlike other, grimmer Honda interiors.
CR-Z Hybrid EX

Even though the Insight uses a continuously variable automatic transmission, the computer can select fixed gear ratios when using the paddle shifters.
Insight Hybrid

Acceleration is fairly strong, thanks in part to the electric motor's assist, which comes in the form of pure torque.
CR-Z Hybrid EX


7.8 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


CR-Z Hybrid  vs
Insight Hybrid 
Brand Honda Honda
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 328 miles 434 miles
Highway range 402 miles 466 miles
MSRP $22k $19k
Annual cost $5,941 $5,007

Manufacturing Emissions

Energy per car made 1,916 kWh/vehicle 1,916 kWh/vehicle

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.5L 1.3L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 7 2
Wattage 360 160
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer Yes No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional Optional, $340
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard N/A
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


CR-Z Hybrid  vs
Insight Hybrid 
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.2 g 0.1 g
Methane/mile 0 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1 1
Vapor canister capacity 95 g 95 g
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 2 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No Yes
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes

power & handling

Max torque 107 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM 123 ft-lb @ 1,000 RPM
Max HP 122 HP @ 6,000 RPM 98 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.79 lb/hp 28.03 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 feet 36.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Beam
Front brakes 10.31 in Ventilated Disc 10.31 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.2 in Disc 7.91 in Drum
Front wheel width 195 185
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks N/A Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera Standard N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 68.5 in 66.7 in
Front track width 59.6 in 58.3 in
Height 54.9 in 56.2 in
Length 160.5 in 172.3 in
Wheelbase 95.9 in 100.4 in
Curb weight 2,658 lb 2,747 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 2 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 50 ft³
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