2014 Honda CR-Z gets a price tag of $21,435

Article by Christian A., on October 16, 2013

The 2014 Honda CR-Z will be available for just an extra $20 across the range compared to the outgoing range. The small hybrid coupe received some updates last year, with improved interior and exterior styling as well as a boost in power. However, there are no changes to the 2014 Honda CR-Z. The 2014 Honda CR-Z is now priced from $20,785 (including destination) for the base six-speed manual model.

Its hybrid powertrain is coupled with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a 15-kilowatt electric motor to achieve an output of 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can get a continuously variable transmission for a starting price of $21,435, which offers EPA mileage ratings of 36/39 mpg city/highway, an increase from the manual’s 31/38 mpg city/highway.

Furthermore, the CR-Z is also available in EX and EX with Navigation trim levels, which begin at $22,630 and $24,130, respectively. Add $650 to each of these trim levels if you want to get the CVT. The EX comes with HID headlights, a leather-covered steering wheel, an aluminum shift knob, fog lights, and a premium audio system.

Meanwhile, the EX with Navigation gets all of the mentioned items plus GPS navigation, a backup camera, and Pandora Internet radio integration. Only 3,546 units of the CR-Z have been sold so far this year, making it one of its slowest-selling models. However, it is the only hybrid offered in the U.S, with a manual transmission. The 2014 Honda CR-Z will go on sale this week.

The Honda CR-Z has everything you would want in a small hybrid coupe. It has received some upgrades that have improved both the interior and the exterior to boost the CR-Z’s power.

It comes with standard electronic features one would expect from a Honda. These include automatic climate control, rearview camera, a 160-watt FM/AM/CD audio system that is equipped with speed-sensitive volume control and six speakers, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a CD/MP3 text readout, and a USB3 auxiliary input jack that can be connected to a portable audio player.

Looking at the interior of the Honda CR-Z will lead to a deeper appreciation of how special the car really is. It contains instrument panel features gauges that can only be described as ultra-modern. The instrument panel has a three-dimensional color theme that illuminates and has a multi-layered appearance, and its backlight has tachometer color changing ability that can adapt to the driving style of the one behind the wheels.

For daily driving, the Honda CR-Z has premium seats that are sports-oriented which assure comfort and firm lateral support. The cockpit has a wrap-around feel and environment due to the sweeping shape of the upper dashboard, while the front seats nestle behind it a console that comes with a hard-shell separator all meant to provide more legroom and cargo space.

The Honda CR-Z has also been built for optimum performance. It has a low center of gravity which aids in its maneuverability and handling. This is because of the outstanding engineering that comes in the CR-Z. It has 16-inch aluminum wheels with 195/55R-16 tires. It is equipped with electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS), MacPherson strut in front, and torsion beam suspension in the rear that is H-shaped.

Press Release

2014 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Offers Sleek Exterior Design, Feature Rich Interior and Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

The 2014 CR-Z goes on-sale tomorrow, combining sleek styling, numerous standard features and sporty handling while maintaining terrific fuel efficiency. The CR-Z was thoroughly updated for the 2013 model year with a more powerful battery pack, increased power and styling improvements, while also earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For 2014, the CR-Z remains the only hybrid vehicle offered with a sporty manual transmission.

Using Honda’s highly efficient, compact Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system, the CR-Z has an EPA rating of 31/38/34 mpg2 city/highway/combined (MT) and 36/39/37 mpg2 city/highway/combined (CVT), and is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that adhere to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states).

Two models are available, the standard CR-Z with a starting MSRP of $19,9952, and the feature-rich EX with a starting MSRP of $21,8402. Both models come equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an available CVT. Additional standard features on every new 2014 CR-Z include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.

The hybrid powertrain uses a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam (SOHC) engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) that receives additional power from the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system's DC brushless electric motor. Powered by a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery pack, the 15-kW electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy and recharge the battery. Combined peak output is 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), including electric-motor assist (all figures SAE net).

Selectable Econ, Normal and Sport operating modes let the driver select his or her desired balance of economy and performance. In addition, the standard Plus Sport System delivers increased acceleration when the driver presses the "S+" button on the steering wheel (when the battery is more than 50-percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 19 mph).

Refreshed with exterior design and trim upgrades for 2013, the CR-Z's "one-motion" exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance, with its deeply inset beltline adding a dynamic element. Standard exterior features include power windows and door locks, remote entry, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The up-level CR-Z EX model adds LED daytime running lights (DRL), High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with Auto-On/Off, and fog lights.

Front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension, along with electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS), are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. All CR-Z models have 16-inch aluminum wheels and 195/55R-16 tires, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45R-17 tires are available. The CR-Z’s low height, compact wheelbase and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area contribute to a low center of gravity and responsive, sporty handling.

The CR-Z interior has a high-tech appearance and intuitive controls. Its ultra-modern instrument panel features gauges that illuminate with a three-dimensional color theme for a multi-layered appearance, with the tachometer backlighting color changing based on driving style. The sweeping upper dashboard shape creates a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium sport-oriented seats provide firm lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space, with a hard-shell separator that can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

Standard electronic features include a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and speed-sensitive volume control, a CD/MP3 text readout and a USB3 auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player. Other interior features include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera.

The up-level CR-Z EX adds a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with seven speakers including subwoofer, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™4 is available on the CR-Z EX and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera display. Included with the Navi system are FM traffic and voice recognition, Pandora® Interface, Bluetooth® streaming audio and an SMS text messaging function.

Honda’s exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system (ABS); a tire pressure monitoring system; and design features to the front of the vehicle intended to mitigate potential injuries to a pedestrian in a collision.

The 2014 Honda CR-Z is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/ unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty. A 15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty also applies when the vehicle is registered and normally operated in California and certain states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

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