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HONDA CR-Z

South Africa did not re­spond well to the very first sporty hy­brid of­fer­ing, which was sur­pris­ingly in­tro­duced by Honda.

Per­haps the CR-Z wasn’t sporty enough at the price, of­fer­ing only 91kW and 171Nm of torque. Still, it was fru­gal. And a deeply in­ter­est­ing car from a styling per­spec­tive. Honda proved that hy­brids needn’t all look the same, with the CR-Z fea­tur­ing styling hark­ing back to the days when Honda still built per­for­mance coupés.

The CR-Z lost value far quicker than any other car on this list, which pos­si­bly makes it the hy­brid steal of the mo­ment. We found a 2013 model, with less than 80 000km on the clock. In Honda terms, that’s hardly run in. Re­tail­ing at just R145 000, it’s much cheaper than an en­try-level hatch th­ese days.

Not bad for an in­ter­est­ing, re­li­able and funky car that still at­tracts at­ten­tion. If you’re in­ter­ested, bet­ter get to it as only 10 are cur­rently on sale in South Africa.

Price: r160 000 Year: 2012 en­gine: 1.5-litre four-cylin­der petrol + elec­tric mo­tor Mileage: 65 000km

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