The 2013 Honda CR-Z, a two-door hybrid, will receive numerous upgrades, the most significant of which is a boost in performance. The 2013 CR-Z will also get additional standard equipment and a slightly better fuel economy. Its electric motor can now deliver 15 kW from being at 10 kW. This is attributed to the replacement of the 100.8-volt nickel metal hydride battery to a 144-volt lithium-ion battery.
The 1.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine was not modified but the increase in the motor output increases the total power ratings of the CR-Z from 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque to 130 hp and 140 lb-ft. Notably, models that have a continuously variable transmission are limited to 127 lb-ft.
Further modifications include a shorter final-drive ratio, a larger clutch for manual-transmission models, and front and rear fascias that improve the aerodynamics. These modifications all help enhance fuel economy. The 2013 Honda CR-Z has a fuel economy rating of 36/39 mpg (city/highway) with a continuously variable transmission.
This stands for a 1mpg increase in the city. Meanwhile, models with a six-speed manual transmission got a 1mpg increase in its highway mileage to 31/38 mpg. Honda also offers a new Plus Sport System that turns on by pressing a steering-wheel button marked S+. When the battery charge of the CR-Z is higher than 50% and the car is being driven at higher than 19 mph, activating this system gives an added acceleration boost of up to five seconds.
The exterior of the 2013 CR-Z gets upgrades such as a new mesh grille, a new lower front spoiler, chrome accents and blue tints for the headlights, and blue-tinted taillights. Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic have been added to its available colors.
There’s a darker finish to the standard 16-inch alloy wheels while nothing was changed on the optional 17-inch wheels. The 2013 Honda CR-Z is set to go on sale on Nov. 21. It has a starting price of $20,765 (which includes a $790 destination charge) with a manual transmission. It’s only $280 more expensive than the 2012 model. The CR-Z EX is priced at $22,455 (higher by $400) and the CR-Z EX with Navigation is priced at $23,945 (only $100 more expensive). It only costs $650 higher to add a continuously variable transmission to any trim level.