CR-Z is updated for 2013 and we have been trying to get Honda to explain why the US still misses out on some of the cooler options, like the Panoramic Sunroof.
For 2013, Honda buyers can finally get a CR-Z with LED, daytime-running-lights. But don't be too excited yet, because this is only available on the upmarket CR-Z EX. Which starts at $21,655 with a manual transmission and has a price growth to $22,305.
Expect to see lineups for customers at the parts counter for the uprated headlights. That is, if sales take off. For 2012, the CR-Z was Honda's worst-selling model in America, falling behind even the much ridiculed and likely doomed Ridgeline pickup.
We asked Honda why the US market does not get the the panoramic moonroof that is enjoyed by the rest of the world, but they declined to comment at this time. They did not rule out the possibility of seeing it on next year's car however. The same may also be true of better seats in the car. We are disappointed to see that US-market CR-Z still lack the option of leather seating. While we are depressed that we cannot get any sunshine in our CR-Z, while the rest of the world enjoys panoramic moonroofs, there are some nice touches on the update.
The all-new lithium-ion battery pack, increases the car's power output and EPA fuel-economy. There is a new rear diffuser, the wheels are in a new finish and there are two new paint finishes. Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic CR-Zs will be on dealer lots very soon.
The feature everyone is excited about is the Sport Plus button that provides extra power drawn from the batteries. Horsepower is up by 8 to 130 at peak output. Torque has also climbed by 12 lbs/feet on manual cars and 4 on CVT cars to 140 and 127 respectively.
The combined EPA figures of both versions have increased with the manual equipped cars going up to an average of 38 MPG over and CVT cars earning 39 MPG overall. The clutch on the manual cars is also larger and the final-drive ratio has been lowered to make the car feel sportier.
All cars now have Bluetooth capability for cell-phones and audio.They are also equipped with a rearview camera and the rearview mirror is larger than on the previous model year cars.
Stepping up from the base car to the CR-Z EX adds HID headlights with LED, DRLs, a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with seven speakers, including subwoofer. The seats may be cloth but the higher spec adds perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The uprated model can be optioned with a Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 with FM traffic and voice recognition. It also interfaces with Pandora® and can handle SMS text messages.