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2013 Honda CR-Z Review
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Vehicle OverviewThe 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid sport coupe offers sleek styling and a hybrid rarity: it is offered with a manual transmission. The CR-Z has three driving modes, Econ, Normal, and Sport to maximize power or conserve fuel, and two models, base and EX. Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the CR-Z hybrid produces 139 combined horsepower and an EPA-estimated 36/39 mpg city/highway.
Inside the 2013 Honda CR-Z is the most notable feature, a high-tech dash design, which features a digital speedometer, which is surrounded by an analog tachometer. Colored lights illuminate the background to indicate driving style efficiency. Although sold in other markets with a back seat, Honda decided the U.S. version will have a cargo shelf to more closely associate it with the CRX. Rear visibility isn't as good as its competitors, thanks to the dual-panel rear glass and surrounding bodywork. The standard rearview camera helps to alleviate some of the issues with visibility.
Standard features on the 2013 Honda CR-Z include full power accessories, keyless entry, hill-start assist for manual transmission models, rearview camera, cruise control, cloth upholstery, height-adjustable driver seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system. The EX model adds automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, heated mirrors, two-tone black and red upholstery, metallic interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded sound system. Available features on the EX model include a navigation system with a touchscreen interface, Pandora, text messaging, and voice controls.
New for 2013The 2013 Honda CR-Z receives a mild refresh, added standard features including a rearview camera and Bluetooth, as well as more power. The CR-Z gains the Civic Hybrid's lithium-ion battery in place of the nickel-metal hydride battery, as well as a S+, or sport plus, button.
- Fun to drive
- Sporty exterior
- Sharp handling
You Won't Like:
- Poor rear visibility
- Seating for only two passengers
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