Honda unveiled the CR-Z in 2010 and for the 2013 model year , it revised its resident sport hybrid with a new front bumper design and a revised grille. The biggest changes however, took place under the hood, where the 1.5-liter, gasoline engine was tweaked to deliver an extra seven horsepower and the electric motor an extra six horsepower.
For the 2014 model year, the CR-Z remains unchanged, except a slightly changed price figure. We were really hoping for a few more tweaks to the powertrain, but at least Honda kept the CR-Z as the only hybrid model with a manual transmission option.
Customers can choose between two different versions: the base CR-Z priced from $19,9952 and the EX trim with a starting price of $21,840. Both models are offered with a manual transmission as standard, but buyers can opt for a CVT. Additionally, buyers can opt for a navigation package in the EX package that increases the price to $23,990.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda CR-Z.
The CR-Z received a series of small updates for the 2013 model year, so in 2014 it continues unchanged. Buyers can easily recognized the CR-Z, thanks to its "one-motion" exterior wedge shape and the low-slung hood. As of last year, the CR-Z received a new front bumper design with a revised grille and a new aerodynamic diffuser design.
2014 Honda CR-Z - Standard Exterior Features
- Fin-Type Roof-Mounted Antenna
- Security System with Remote Entry
- Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Indicators and -*Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off
- Fog Lights
- Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
- Rear Window Wiper/Washer
- Tinted Glass
- LED Brake Lights
2014 Honda CR-Z - Exterior Dimensions
|Track (in, front/rear)||59.6 / 59.1|
|Curb Weight (lbs, MT/CVT)||2639 / 2694|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, MT)||59 / 41|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, CVT)||60 / 40|
Honda specially designed the CR-Z’s interior to offer a high-tech appearance and intuitive controls. Just like on the previous years, the CR-Z offers an ultra-modern instrument panel that features a three-dimensional color theme and a color-changing tachometer, depending on the driving style.
The CR-Z comes equipped with premium, sport-oriented seats and with lots of cargo spaces. Honda also offers tons of standard features, including automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera.
2014 Honda CR-Z - Standard Interior Features
- Automatic Climate Control
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition6, FM Traffic and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
- Rearview Mirror with Rearview Camera Display and Guidelines
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®7
- SMS Text Message Function8
- Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver’s Window
- Illuminated Window Switches
- Power Door Locks
- Cruise Control
- Mesh Sports Seats
- Black/Red Combi Sports Seats with Fine Mesh inserts
- Driver’s Seat with Manual Height Adjustment
- Reclining Front Seatbacks
2014 Honda CR-Z - Interior Dimensions
|Shoulder Room (in)||53.8|
|Hip room (in)||51.5|
|Cargo Volume (cu ft, behind console)||25.1|
|Passenger Volume (cu ft)||49.1|
Honda left the bits under the hood alone, so the 2014 CR-Z continues with the same hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. This system delivers a total of 130 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 140 pound-feet.
The electric motor draws its power from a 144-volt lithium-ion battery pack. It assists in acceleration, plus it acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy and recharge the battery.
The hybrid system features three driving modes — Econ, Normal and Sport — and the driver can select them depending on the fuel economy and performance needed. When the battery is at least 50-percent charged, there is an additional Plus Sport mode that increases acceleration.
Though the CR-Z looks sporty, it’s performance numbers tell a completely different story. With the six-speed manual in tow, the CR-Z hits 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, and the slushbox CVT jumps the same sprint time to 9.2 seconds.
|Engine Type||In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|Engine Block/Cylinder Head||Aluminum-Alloy|
|Horsepower @ rpm (combined: engine (SAE net) + electric motor)||130 @ 6000|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm, combined engine (SAE net) + electric motor)||140 @ 1000-2000|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||73 x 89.4|
|Compression Ratio||10.4 : 1|
|Valve Train||16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH||8.8 Sec, Est (Manual) / 9.2 Sec, Est (CVT)|
|CR-Z 6-speed manual||$19,995||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX 6-speed manual||$21,840||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX CVT||$22,490||36/39/37|
|CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi||$23,340||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX CVT with Navi||$23,990||36/39/37|
Hyundai’s Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, or 132 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional six-speed DCT automatic transmission.
The Veloster is priced from $17,450 - a little cheaper than the CR-Z, but then again the Veloster is not a hybrid model.
Gallery Hyundai Veloster
While not as sporty as the CR-Z, the Prius also features a hybrid powertrain. It combines a 1.8-liter, Atkinson cycle engine that delivers 98 horsepower combined with an electric motor, for a total output of 134 net horsepower. This system allows the Prius to deliver a fuel economy of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined.
The Prius is priced from $24,200.
Gallery Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
The fact that the CR-Z combines a hybrid powertrain with a sporty look and driving style makes it rather desirable, but its performance doesn’t quite match its look and the fuel economy isn’t great for a hybrid. Despite these flaws, the CR-Z still remains the sportiest hybrid on the road for under $20k.
- Both hybrid and sporty
- Good price
- Looks cool
- Limited cargo space
- Not the best fuel economy
Gallery Honda CR-Z
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.