They aren’t as popular as nameplates such as the Prius or Accord Hybrid, but two solid choices for those wanting both nimble sportiness and excellent fuel economy are the Honda CR-Z and Lexus CT 200h that, because of dwindling appeal, are undergoing some massive changes.
At present, the Honda CR-Z delivers a hybrid system total of 130hp and 140lb-ft torque from a 1.5L inline-four engine mated to either a six-speed manual or CVT. It has a combined fuel economy rating of 38mpg.
The CT 200h does 134hp and 142lb-ft torque from a 1.8L inline-four block that has CVT as its only choice. Nevertheless, its overall fuel economy stands at 42mpg combined.
Comparison of the two nameplates can’t be made anymore when they move on to their next-gen models. Whereas the CR-Z is being discontinued in Japan, marked by the release of a Final Label special edition model, the US model is soldiering on.
The last we’ve heard of the CR-Z is in the earlier half of last year, when some reports emerged that its next-gen model arriving in 2017 would feature the 305hp 2.0L turbo-four engine used in the previous Civic Type-R model. It would apparently be tuned to deliver 280hp.
As for the Lexus CT 200h, the nameplate is going to reportedly be axed in favor of a hybrid crossover. Since the compact model already boasts some crossover proportions, it wouldn’t be too difficult to re-mold the vehicle’s body style.
It is most likely going to pick up the the GA-L platform that is set to debut on the Lexus LC 500 or the TNGA platform that has so far been used only for the Toyota Prius and Toyota C-HR.