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2013 Honda CR-Z

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$7,587 — $15,547 USED
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Hatchback
2 Seats
34 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Only stick-shift hybrid
  • Sporty look
  • Roomy seats
  • Standard USB audio connectivity
  • Standard backup camera

The Bad

  • Mileage lower than other Honda hybrids
  • Split rear window like Honda Insight and Toyota Prius
2013 Honda CR-Z exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Honda CR-Z
  • Restyled for 2013
  • New lithium-ion battery pack
  • Gas-electric hybrid
  • Two-seat hatchback
  • Manual or automatic
  • Selectable drivetrain modes

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The CR-Z, which debuted as a 2011 model, is intended to be a sporty hybrid — both in appearance and driving experience. Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with an electric motor, the CR-Z is rated as high as 36/39 mpg city/highway by the EPA. Despite being a small two-seater, the CR-Z's fuel economy estimates don't measure up to those of Honda's Insight and Civic Hybrid. It competes with small, efficient cars like the Mini Cooper.
New for 2013
The 2013 CR-Z features new styling, including a new front end as well as a rear diffuser. The hybrid system now has a lithium-ion battery pack that provides greater voltage, which increases overall horsepower and torque. CR-Zs with the manual transmission get a larger clutch and lower final-drive ratio. There's also a new Plus Sport system, which is activated by a S+ button on the steering wheel. The system provides electric assist for up to five seconds when the battery's charge state is above 50 percent.

New standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio and a backup camera. New optional features include Pandora and text messaging integration, two-tone seats and LED daytime running lights.

ExteriorThe CR-Z has a broad stance and wedgelike profile. Inspired by the CRX two-seater sold in 1990 and '91, the CR-Z shares that model's split liftgate window, an element that remains controversial in terms of style and driver visibility in the ...

Vehicle Overview

The CR-Z, which debuted as a 2011 model, is intended to be a sporty hybrid — both in appearance and driving experience. Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that teams with an electric motor, the CR-Z is rated as high as 36/39 mpg city/highway by the EPA. Despite being a small two-seater, the CR-Z's fuel economy estimates don't measure up to those of Honda's Insight and Civic Hybrid. It competes with small, efficient cars like the Mini Cooper.
New for 2013
The 2013 CR-Z features new styling, including a new front end as well as a rear diffuser. The hybrid system now has a lithium-ion battery pack that provides greater voltage, which increases overall horsepower and torque. CR-Zs with the manual transmission get a larger clutch and lower final-drive ratio. There's also a new Plus Sport system, which is activated by a S+ button on the steering wheel. The system provides electric assist for up to five seconds when the battery's charge state is above 50 percent.

New standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio and a backup camera. New optional features include Pandora and text messaging integration, two-tone seats and LED daytime running lights.

ExteriorThe CR-Z has a broad stance and wedgelike profile. Inspired by the CRX two-seater sold in 1990 and '91, the CR-Z shares that model's split liftgate window, an element that remains controversial in terms of style and driver visibility in the automaker's Insight and the Toyota Prius.

At 160.5 inches long, the CR-Z is a few inches longer than a Mazda MX-5 Miata and the extended version of the Mini Cooper, the Clubman. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels; 17-inch alloys available
  • Standard LED taillights; LED daytime running lights available
  • Standard rear-window wiper
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Available fog lights
  • Available heated side mirrors

InteriorThe interior has a busy but effective design similar to that of the Insight, with cockpit-style driver-oriented controls and displays. Even the ventilation controls are on a pod near the driver; there's no conventional center control panel, and the optional navigation system is slightly on the passenger side of the dashboard.

Storage bins behind the seats are separated from the cargo area by a bulkhead that can be folded forward to extend the cargo hatch's floor — similar to a folding seat's backrest. A retractable cargo cover is standard. Interior features include:

  • Power windows, locks and mirrors
  • Manual-adjustable bucket seats; black and red two-tone seats available
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with USB port, MP3 jack and Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Available premium stereo with subwoofer
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel

Under the HoodLike other Honda hybrids, the CR-Z uses a relatively simple system that puts an electric motor in tandem with a gas engine, in this case a 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Though the engine shuts off when the car is stopped, it's always turning over when the car is in motion.

To suit the driver's needs, the CR-Z has Normal, Sport and Econ modes. Econ maximizes fuel economy, while Sport makes the acceleration more responsive and decreases the power-steering assist for a sportier feel. Mechanical features include:

  • Gas engine and motor combine to produce 130 hp
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable automatic transmission

SafetyStandard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Backup camera
  • Active head restraints

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Bang for the buck

by Hs from San Francisco CA on August 2, 2018

When these cars first came out they seem to be really pricey but now at a used car value it seems like a really good deal it's sporty it's not really fast but very Zippy and most importantly will get ... Read full review

(5.0)

spacious and stylish

by justhereinny from Syracuse on June 11, 2018

was worried about possible room issues, but i never feel cramped. rides smoothly, feels very comfortable driving. have to steer wide around corners, and cover blind spots, but thats easy to get used ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Honda CR-Z currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Honda CR-Z Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-Z received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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