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2013 Honda CR-Z Hatchback

2013 Honda CR-Z Review

(0 Stars)  Who says hybrids can’t be fun?

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New For 2013
The CR-Z ditches its old nickel-metal hydride battery for 2013 and gains the Civic Hybrid’s lithium-ion battery pack. The CR-Z also gains an S+ (sport plus) button that increases electric motor boost for up to ten seconds under full throttle.
Overview
Open the door of a base model Honda CR-Z, and you’ll notice something interesting in the footwell: three pedals. The CR-Z is the only hybrid car on the market with an available manual transmission. This coupe is not particularly powerful, with a combined 139 horses produced by its hybrid powertrain, but it has three separate driving modes—Econ, Normal, and Sport—to tune the hybrid’s electric assist and regenerative braking to maximize power delivery or conserve the most fuel, depending on the driver’s mood or driving style. The CR-Z’s handling is commendable and allows the driver to make the most of the relatively small amount of power underhood, especially when driving on twisty back roads. The hybrid system, with its instant-on torque, makes the manual transmission easy to use, with effortless launches and little need for highway downshifts. The CR-Z delivers good fuel economy: a combined 37 mpg with the optional continuously variable transmission. The CR-Z is somewhat compromised by its two-seat packaging and poor rearward visibility, but it is one of the most-fuel-efficient cars in its segment. Other competitors such as the Hyundai Veloster might offer more space and some other features, but the CR-Z provides good, clean fun at an appetizing price.

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2013 CR-Z Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.5L i-VTEC in-line 4 OHC and variable valve timing
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 36 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, 37 MPG combined and 392 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
10.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 130 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 127 ft lb of torque @ 1,000 rpm
Secondary power: 114 hp and 107 lb ft

'13 Honda Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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