The 2013 model year brings about a refresh for the CR-Z, as Honda tries to recapture the fanfare that it received during its debut. The 2013 refresh is headlined by a new front fascia and rear diffusor that give the CR-Z and even sportier look. Also revised was the hybrid drivetrain, which is increased from 122 horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque up to 130 horsepower and 140 foot-pounds of torque on six-speed manual equipped models. When you opt for the available CVT, it drops to 127 foot-pounds of torque. Also added in for the2013 model year is the Plus Sport System, which allows the CR-Z to use extra battery power for a quick boost to performance.
The Honda CR-Z comes in two trim levels for the 2013 model year: Base and EX. The CR-Z Base is actually relatively well equipped, as it features things like 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on-off headlights and Bluetooth integration. The EX trim level adds in an upgraded exterior lighting package, and some extra comfort and convenience items inside the cabin. The EX trim level does have an optional Satellite-Linked Navigation Package, which adds in Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice control, multi-angle rearview camera, SMS text messaging, illuminated steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone, MID and navigation controls, and Pandora radio.
Sporty and fuel-efficient cars are becoming more common each day, so there is plenty of competition for the CR-Z. The first competitor is the 2013 Mini Cooper, which comes standard with a 1.6-liter engine that puts out 121 horsepower, 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, and a six-speaker sound system. Next up is the 2013 Hyundai Veloster, which comes in with a 1.6-liter engine with 138 horsepower, is rated 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, and has a six-speaker sound system. The Final competitor is the 2013 Ford Fiesta, which comes standard with a 1.6-liter engine with 120 horsepower, is rated 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway and has a four-speaker sound system.
The competition may not blow your doors off in this class, but it is certainly a fierce battle nonetheless. The CR-Z definitely has some impressing to do to pull customers into its new-age technology.