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2013 Honda CR-Z: sporty and hybrid

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If a standout in the Honda 2013 it’s the CR-Z, but not for the reasons you expect. The car’s true remains masked by its contradictions, after receiving a modest and powertrain upgrade.

Visually, the car as sporty as all get out and a modern interpretation of the little CRX buzz-bomb of the 1980s and ’90s. That Civic-based was the ideal dance partner for of modest means who wanted that was light on its feet, cool and could perform zipping around town or twisty highways.

Honda a significantly different role for the however, one that blends performance with an equally attempt at eco-friendliness with its hybrid power system.


The result is a pretty decent attractive) commuter vehicle, but ultimately a car that won’t set the of sports-car fans aflutter. a timid swimmer, the CR-Z sticks its big toe into the automotive something that anyone to avoid the sameness of your econo-box should find

As for its 2013 updates, the good is that Honda has avoided about with the CR-Z’s other than installing inserts for the grille, fog-light and rear bodywork (diffuser) and extra bling around the That also goes for the which now features some trim and reshaped door with added bottle

Unchanged are the wide and generally seats and the simple, but effective, /control-panel layout.

Under its hood are significant changes to the hybrid heart. The 1.5-liter engine now makes 119 horsepower, up six the 2012 model. In addition, the battery pack is replaced a lighter and more efficient battery pack to backstop the motor.

The system output is now 130 and 140 pound-feet of torque, or 127 pound-feet on fitted with the optional variable transmission (CVT). up from 122 horses and 128 (123) of torque.

The CR-Z comes a selectable 3-Mode Drive with Sport, Normal and settings to allow the driver a of efficiencies in operating performance and consumption. Added for 2013 is a Plus Sport System. the battery has at least a 50-percent pushing the S+ button on the steering while accelerating produces an boost of power that for up to five seconds, regardless of of the three drive-system modes in.

The CR-Z’s six-speed manual returns with a beefed-up and a different final gear for improved (by one mpg) highway From driving experience, with the manual with its precise shifter is unquestionably best choice if maximum is preferred.

Fuel economy is at 31/38-mpg city/highway, however results can be achieved with the CVT that gets 36/39 highway. Other manufacturer’s can do better, but most cost than the CR-Z’s $20,800 price, which includes charges.

For that entry fee you can count on all of the and expected comfort features for the model, but step up to the EX and you’ll get trim with ambient lighting, high-intensity discharge and a 650-watt premium audio A navigation system with camera is available specifically for the EX. options such as leather-covered seats and the latest electronic items aren’t available at any

Otherwise the CR-Z’s advantages to outweigh its drawbacks. The car’s styling, comfortable cabin and and versatile cargo area are virtues that make it an touring car for two.

Dial in extra power and fuel and the 2013 CR-Z’s quirky just makes it that more attractive.

What you know: 2013 Honda

Type: Two-door, two seat hybrid hatchback

Engine (hp): 1.5-liter I4 (119 plus a 20-hp motor, 13-net horsepower)

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Six-speed manual; continuously (CVT) opt.

Market Honda’s niche-model CR-Z caught on with the public in the way as the similar CRX did two decades ago. It fights an uphill battle Toyota for hybrid marketshare (as do competing brands).

Points: design basically untouched for Hybrid powerplant produces power, but CR-Z cries for the Si engine option; Manual should be your only Power boost system you feel like a racer, but is for overtaking; Despite some the CR-Z is still fun to drive and for long trips.

Safety: airbags; side-impact airbags; airbags; anti-lock brakes; control; stability control.

MPG (city/hwy) 36/39 (CVT)

price (incl. destination)

BY COMPARISON

Fiat 500T

price: $20,200

New-for-2013 adds power, slots base 500 and Abarth model.

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