Two seats, a liftgate and a hybrid drivetrain — the mishmash of efficiency and youth from Honda is back for 2013 with a host of small updates.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is getting some updates for the 2013 model year, including an updated front fascia, a higher-voltage battery pack that will increase both the power and fuel-economy, and some new standard features that have pushed up the starting price by about $300 to $19,975.
For added performance, the CR-Z is getting a new higher voltage Lithium-Ion battery pack which boosts the cars output to 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Helping to utilize the power better, a new sport plus button has been added which gives the car a power boost that lasts five seconds, provided the battery pack has more than 50 percent charge.
Even with the 8 hp and 12 lb-of torque gain over the 2012 model, the CR-Z improves its fuel economy rating by 1 mpg highway with the manual transmission, and 1 mpg city with the CVT. Overall, the CVT equipped CR-Z is rated at 36 city, 39 highway, and 37 combined, while the six-speed manual gets 31 city, 38 highway and 34 combined.
For looks, the 16-inch alloy wheels get a new finish, a new slightly updated front fascia is added, a new rear diffuser is tacked on for improved aerodynamics and two new colors are now available, Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.
On the inside, the base CR-Z gets new standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and expanded view driver’s mirror, while the upgraded EX trim gets automatic HID headlights, LED running lights, premium audio system, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Optional features include two-tone seats, Pandora Interface, SMS text message function, and Honda satellite-linked navigation system.