The latest version of Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe goes on sale in America in a couple of days, boasting a few subtle styling tweaks, more horsepower, and better mpg. Oh, it also sports a higher price tag than the last year’s model, but it’s not much, just 300 bucks.
That is a small price hike, but then the upgrades are quite small too. The power for example; the old CR-Z had a miserable 120 horsepower. The new one has more, but only 10. The new CR-Z has 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, which is hardly enough to make a difference in the car’s performance.
It’s the same story with the fuel consumption. Economy figures are improved by 1 mpg city for CVT equipped models (36/39/37 mpg), and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (31/38/34 mpg).
So there it is, the new CR-Z. The only consolation is that for a base price of $19,975 you get a decent amount of kit. The CR-Z EX comes with Auto-On/Off High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRL), a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with seven speakers including subwoofer, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z EX is also available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with FM traffic and voice recognition, Pandora Interface and an SMS text messaging function.