6. Honda CR-Z Hybrid
Some jaded reviewers have been underwhelmed by the CR-Z, but sports car fans may see something to like from the only hybrid with a manual stick shift transmission option.
Not to be confused with the earlier-generation CR-X that was discontinued in 1991, it does have a passing resemblance but gets much better mileage.
The manual is rated lower by the EPA at 31 city, 38 highway, and 34 combined, compared to the CVT’s 36 city, 39 highway, and 37 combined, but it’s a neat little car with Honda quality baked in.
A two-seater, the CR-Z is priced from just around $20,000 and uses Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system with a 1.5-liter engine. Producing 140 horsepower, the oomph is not enough to take your breath away, but it’s a balance edging toward sportiness.
For those wishing to make the most of the only manual hybrid – or even for the CVT version – suspension tuning, and other performance parts are available from the aftermarket which could sharpen this car up, and this is true of other cars on our list.