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(from Honda Press
Release) 2013 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Gets
Performance Enhancements, Fresh Styling and Host of Feature Upgrades
The only manual-transmission
hybrid for sale in the U.S. adds more
horsepower and value to its efficient, fun-to-drive appeal
The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes
on sale November 21, 2012, with a host of powertrain, styling and
feature upgrades adding to its sleek appeal and sporty handling.
More power from an all-new Lithium-Ion battery pack improves
performance while also improving the CR-Z's already impressive EPA
mpg ratings. Styling upgrades include revised interior trim along
with a new front fascia, a new finish for the 16-inch alloy wheels,
an aerodynamically functional new rear diffuser and two new exterior
colors – Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.
Standard features on all 2013 Honda CR-Z models 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. To give drivers even more access to the
CR-Z's performance capabilities, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is also
equipped with a new Plus Sport System, which allows additional
on-demand electric boost via a steering wheel-mounted "S+" button.
With a starting MSRP of $19,9751, two CR-Z models are offered for
2013, including the well-equipped base CR-Z and the feature-rich
CR-Z EX. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and
an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available.
The up-level CR-Z EX adds Auto-On/Off High-Intensity Discharge (HID)
Headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRL), a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD
Premium Audio System with seven speakers including subwoofer,
perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z EX is
also available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2
with FM traffic and voice recognition, Pandora® Interface and an SMS
text messaging function.
The improved horsepower and torque on the 2013 Honda CR-Z does not
come with a fuel-economy penalty, as the new, more powerful
Lithium-Ion battery pack helps boost EPA-rated fuel economy figures
by 1 mpg city for CVT equipped models, and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z
models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
Summary of Changes for 2013
• Revised front
• New 16-inch alloy wheel finish
• New rear diffuser
• New Lithium-Ion battery pack
• Increased horsepower and torque
• New Plus Sport System
• Revised interior trim
• Available two-tone combi (black/red) seats
• StandardExpanded View Driver's Mirror
• Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
• Standard Bluetooth® Audio
• Standardrearview camera
• Available Pandora® Interface and SMS text message function
• Available LED daytime running lights (DRL)
• New Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic
The CR-Z hybrid
powertrain is a unique variation of Honda's original IMA (Integrated
Motor Assist) technology, which debuted on the 2000 Honda Insight,
the first hybrid vehicle available for sale in North America. The
system in the CR-Z utilizes a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve,
single-overhead cam 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
The hybrid CR-Z's electric motor assists in acceleration and also
acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic
energy that recharges the new Lithium-Ion battery pack. The gasoline
engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve
efficiency. When starting on steep inclines from a stop with the
manual transmission, hill start assist temporarily prevents the
vehicle from rolling backwards during the moment between releasing
the brake, depressing the throttle and releasing the clutch.
For 2013, assist from the electric motor has jumped from 10 kW to 15
kW, thanks to the new higher voltage (144-volt) Lithium-Ion battery
pack. The CR-Z now delivers a combined peak output of 130 horsepower
at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped
models), a gain of eight horsepower and 12 lb-ft of torque (4 lb-ft
on CVT equipped models). Manual-transmission versions also receive
both a larger clutch and a new lower final drive ratio.
Even with better performance, EPA fuel economy3 ratings for the 2013
Honda CR-Z have improved. On CVT-equipped models, the EPA
city/hwy/combined rating is up 1 mpg city to 36/39/37 mpg, while
models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission see an EPA mpg
rating of 31/38/34, a gain of 1 mpg highway. The CR-Z is also 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).
To help drivers make use of this improved performance, a new Plus
Sport System is standard on the 2013 Honda CR-Z. If the battery is
more than 50 percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 19 mph,
the driver can activate this feature using the "S+" button on the
steering wheel. When activated and the accelerator is pressed,
electric boost begins, delivering increased acceleration for up to
five seconds. A flashing gauge on the dashboard indicates when the
Plus Sport System is active. The Plus Sport System can be used in
Econ, Normal or Sport modes.
Enhanced 3-Mode Drive System
Activated via three
backlit buttons to the left of the steering wheel, the CR-Z's 3-mode
drive system allows the driver to choose among three individual
• Sport mode
enhances engine throttle responsiveness, electric power steering
effort and the electric motor power assist.
• Normal mode standardizes steering, engine response, motor
assist and air conditioning settings.
• Econ mode can increase the potential for enhanced fuel
efficiency by optimizing throttle angle for smooth acceleration,
lower engine rpm and limiting power and torque by approximately
4-percent (except at wide-open throttle). It can also reduce the
air conditioning's overall load on the engine and modify the
cruise control to operate more efficiently.
The CR-Z's "one-motion"
exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad
forward stance, with its side profile's deeply inset beltline adding
a dynamic element. For 2013, a new front fascia and mesh grille help
widen the presence of the CR-Z, and this effect is increased by the
new "floating" lower front spoiler lip. New brighter chrome plating
on the headlight assemblies tinged with blue clearcoat hint at the
CR-Z's hybrid powertrain. The new rear diffuser mimics the floating
lip of the front spoiler while also improving aerodynamic
performance, and the lower portion of the tail lights receive the
same blue clearcoat treatment. Exterior colors include Crystal Black
Pearl, Milano Red, North Shore Blue Pearl, Premium White Pearl, new
Passion Berry Pearl (exclusive to the Honda CR-Z), and new Polished
The CR-Z's front
MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension are tuned
to provide a sporty driving experience. All 2013 CR-Z models are
equipped with new darker-tinged 16x6-inch aluminum wheels with
finished spoke tips and 195/55R-16 tires, while accessory 17x7 alloy
wheels with 205/45R-17 tires are available. The standard anti-lock
braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses
ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. The low vehicle height,
short wheelbase and placement of the battery and other hybrid
components beneath the rear cargo area further contribute to a low
center of gravity and responsive, sporty handling. Electric
power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enhances steering
performance and improves efficiency.
A high-tech appearance
and intuitive controls define the CR-Z's newly revised interior. For
2013, interior changes include new metallic trim on the door pulls
and latches, center console, speaker grilles and lower
steering-wheel spokes. The inner door panel has been redesigned to
provide easier access to the storage space, with the horizontal bar
on the speaker housing eliminated, and a bottle holder added to the
pocket. The door-pad trim has also been upgraded with a new, more
upscale lamination. For 2013, CR-Z EX and Navi trims will provide an
all-new black and red interior trim combination that adds new
two-toned combi seats, and colored accents to the door panels and
The CR-Z's ultra-modern instrument panel gauges illuminate with a
3-dimensional blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered
appearance. The upper portion of the dashboard extends toward the
driver to provide a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium
sport-oriented seats are designed to provide firm lateral support
along with everyday driving comfort. A mid-ship console behind the
front seats optimizes cargo space, and a hard-shell separator can be
closed to create additional hidden storage.
The CR-Z features a 6-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with
an auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player,
and all models include a USB audio interface4 for connecting an
iPod®5 or other compatible audio device. Other audio features
include speed-sensitive volume control and CD/MP3 text readout. The
radio data system shows supplemental programming information from
participating radio stations while also offering search-by-genre
capability (not available on the CR-Z EX with navigation). Now
standard, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a rearview camera further
expand the CR-Z's appeal.
A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 is available on the
CR-Z EX model and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera
display. For 2013, CR-Z EX Navi models add FM traffic, Pandora® and
an SMS text messaging function. The navigation system database
includes more than 7-million points of interest and integrates the
audio system, while the voice recognition feature is capable of
inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than
The CR-Z demonstrates a
commitment to safety in its design and construction. The Advanced
Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect
vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety
technologies include: standard 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 a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the
front of the vehicle.
The Honda CR-Z earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance
Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 4-star Overall Vehicle Score
in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The 2013 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, as well as a
15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty when the vehicle is
registered and normally operated in California and certain states
that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.
1 MSRP excluding tax,
license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer
prices may vary.
2 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the
CR-Z EX in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda
dealer for details.
3 Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes
only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and
maintain your vehicle.
4 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and
control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices
that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with
security software and digital rights-protected files may not work.
Please see your Honda dealer for details.
5 iPod not included. Compatible devices include fifth-generation
iPods and later and iPod Nano.
Third-party trademarks: The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned
by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor
Co., Ltd., is under license. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple
Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.