One of Honda’s newest models, which was recently introduced in the United States auto market in August of 2010, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is quickly becoming a very popular car in the sub-compact and hybrid markets. The 2013 model year has definitely received some upgrades and improvements because of consumer feedback and Honda’s own internal reflections. Some highlights include it getting a more powerful engine, both the hybrid and gasoline engines. Other improvements include exterior and interior upgrades to this year’s model. Specifically, its grille, headlamps and front bumper have all been redesigned to be more visually appealing to consumers. Other changes include giving consumers a choice of having 17-inch alloy wheels and two more exterior colors which are Aurora Violet and Energetic Yellow. Interior improvements include different and new color palettes and door storage compartments.
When it comes to the overall appearance of this car, car enthusiasts are welcoming the minor changes for the already sleek looking 2013 model year. Honda has maintained this car’s sporty and youthful stance and wedge-like shape of the car, however, the Euro-styled bumper has been re-engineered to feature bigger intakes and fog light housing. It also has a slightly refined grille that switches out slats in place of a new honeycomb design. Aesthetically, the re-designed grille tones down the “in your face” grille by “floating” the front-mounted license plate right in the grille; this is done in contrast to letting it hang loose from the opening’s top edge. On the back end, Honda subtly and discreetly gave the rear bumper’s lower diffuser a few new edges, angles and unique reflector elements.
There are also improvements when it comes to the engine and powertrain that are certainly noticeable. The new engine is still a 1.5-liter engine, however, Honda has increased the level of horsepower from 112 horsepower to 119 horsepower. Its complementary electric engine (since it is a hybrid engine) gives it 16 more horsepower. Therefore, the total available horsepower for this year’s model comes to 135 horsepower. For the 2013 model year, Honda has created its own proprietary Plus Sport (S+) technology. This technology, which gives the operator 10 seconds of an electric boost to the engine’s power, enables the vehicle’s operator to turn it on by pressing the S+ button. As long as the car’s battery is more than half charged, this can be activated and is indicated by a flashing gauge on the car’s dashboard. This is available with the ECON, Sport or Normal driving modes.
Although some may think this hybrid car lacks performance, there is nothing lacking in that department. Whether one chooses the available six-speed manual transmission or the Continuously Variable Transmission, drivers have no reduction of its smooth and responsive driving performance. With its low center of gravity and its torsion-beam rear suspension, it produces a synergistic blend of stability, agility and the smoothest ride Honda has produced to date! Gas mileage is great on this year’s model too. If you get the manual transmission for your new 2013 CR-Z, you will get 31 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg on average for fuel efficiency. If you get the CVT for your new CR-Z you will get 35 mpg around town, 39 mpg on the freeway and 37 on average for fuel efficiency.
Regarding safety, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is loaded with many safety features that protect occupants and the driver extremely well. To make sure your car has perfect traction, this vehicle has Honda’s proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist system standard. This system ensures your car is not over steering or under steering by passively monitoring and adjusting brake pressure on each individual wheel and adjusting engine power to stabilize driver control. Every Honda CR-Z has four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes on it that feature Electronic Brake Distribution technology – this helps maintain adequate control during a hard brake. Since perfectly inflated tires remain essential to maintaining traction, there is a monitoring system for the car’s tire pressure added to each car – this system instantly informs the vehicle’s operator when a tire’s pressure level is either too high or too low.
Other safety features include structural, airbag and restraint safety measures. If you and your occupants are ever involved in an accident, Honda has engineered this vehicle with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. This means that if you are involved in a crash, you and your passengers will be at a lower risk of suffering injuries because the car’s frame is designed to sustain and distribute more of the force throughout the frame and the vehicle’s front end. Other injury mitigating features include side curtain, front and front side airbags and active driver and passenger head restraints that minimize the chances of whiplash injuries during a rear collision.
The Honda CR-Z has a great audio system for both of its trim models. If you get the CR-Z trim model, you will be able to enjoy your music through its 160-watt six speaker system. It comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. The CR-Z EX trim level has 360 watts with its 7 speaker sound system (including an eight-inch subwoofer). Like the Base model, it also comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. An upgrade option for the EX trim model includes a navigation system with a navigation system. Both trim models also have the ability to have XM Satellite Radio installed in it.
When it comes to pricing, both models are pretty affordable. The Base model, the CR-Z, starts in the mid $19,000s. The CR-Z EX model starts in the low $21,000s. These prices come directly from the manufacturer and vary based on your individual location, do not include upgrades, promotions and your individual negotiations. If there are promotions, trade-ins, and other variables which are individual to your situation, the final price you pay will ultimately vary.