2013 Honda CR-Z Review
While most of its competitors have more seats and use less fuel, auto critics write that the 2013 Honda CR-Z is more fun to drive than most hybrid cars.
The 2013 CR-Z is powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which reviewers say provide adequate power. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Test drivers say that performance is better with the manual transmission, which shifts smoothly with short throws and does a better job of delivering power. The EPA reports that the 2013 CR-Z gets 36/39 mpg city/highway with the CVT, which is good for a small car, but somewhat unimpressive for a hybrid. Cars like the Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius c and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid use less fuel. Auto writers appreciate the CR-Z’s nimble handling, noting that while it’s no sports car, it offers better driving dynamics than other hybrid cars. Some also write that the CR-Z stands out from most of its green competitors with accurate steering and strong brakes with good pedal feel.
Automotive writers say that the 2013 Honda CR-Z features a futuristic cabin design, which is built with soft-touch materials. While the CR-Z only seats two, they say that its seats are supportive, with good head- and legroom. However, some auto writers say that rearward visibility could be better. The CR-Z has more cargo space than what most coupes offer, but many hatchbacks have more overall cargo space when you fold down their second-row seats. Reviewers say that the CR-Z has clear gauges and user-friendly climate controls, but some also note that the optional navigation system can make it difficult to adjust the stereo. The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes standard with a backup camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port. An upgraded stereo and a navigation system are available.
- "So consider this -- would you, the enthusiast, rather drive a CR-Z or a Toyota Prius? CR-Z or an Insight? CR-Z or a Honda Civic hybrid? See? If you need a commuter car that is efficient and stylish, this is your car." -- AutoWeek
- "Small sport coupes and small hybrids are typically meant for two different missions. One is designed for fun, the other for frugality. Combining the two, as Honda has attempted to do with its 2013 Honda CR-Z, would seem to be a great idea for those who enjoy driving and want to look sharp and sip gas while doing so. But sadly, the CR-Z excels neither as a sport coupe nor as a hybrid." -- Edmunds
- "The 2013 Honda CR-Z is among the few hybrids on the market that does not require a shot of 5-Hour Energy before sliding behind the wheel. It may lack genuine sports car credentials, but the CR-Z remains a fun, affordable alternative to conventional hybrids." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "While the idea of a sporty car that's also a gas/electric hybrid is a bit puzzling, we can't complain much about Honda's execution of the concept. CR-Z gets great fuel economy while being solidly built, pretty fun to drive, and not outrageously priced." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Prius c gets significantly better fuel economy estimates, and reviewers say that the Prius c’s tech features are easy to use. Additionally, the Prius c’s five-door body style may make more sense if you want a practical hybrid car.
The Mini Cooper isn’t a hybrid, but it offers good fuel economy, and reviewers love the Cooper’s fun driving dynamics. A small back seat means that the Cooper can seat two more than the CR-Z, and it offers almost as much cargo space with its rear seat folded.
Details: 2013 Honda CR-Z
The 2013 Honda CR-Z seats two and has front-wheel drive. Its hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which are paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT. The CR-Z comes in two trims: base and EX. For 2013, the CR-Z gets a number of updates, which include a more powerful hybrid powertrain and revised interior and exterior styling, as well as a standard backup camera and Bluetooth. Aside from these additions, the CR-Z carries over unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through 2013.