• Fun to drive
  • Only manual-transmission hybrid
  • Good fuel economy
  • Not a true CRX successor
  • Poor rearward visibility
SUM UP Who says hybrids can’t be fun?

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CR-Z in 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...more

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.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda CR-Z

  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mini Coupe
  • Scion tC
  • Volkswagen Beetle

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2013 CR-Z Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Navigation System

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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