2014 - 2015 Honda CR-Z
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.
Updated 10/08/2014: Honda announced prices for the 2015 CR-Z which goes on sale on-sale today with no updates over the 2014 model year. Prices will range from $20,145 for the standard model equipped with the six-speed manual transmission up to $24,140 for the CR-Z EX CVT with Navi.
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2014 - 2015 Honda CR-Z
Horsepower @ RPM:130 @ 6000
Torque @ RPM:140 @ 1000
0-60 time:8.8 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:124 mph (Est.)
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)|
2015 Honda CR-Z Prices
|TRIM||MSRP||EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined)|
|CR-Z 6-speed manual||$20,145||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX 6-speed manual||$21,990||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX CVT||$22,640||36/39/37|
|CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi||$23,490||31/38/34|
|CR-Z EX CVT with Navi||$24,140||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.
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.
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.