NEW FOR 2013:

– New lithium ion battery pack and increased horsepower and torque.
– New Plus Sport System.
– Standard expanded view driver’s mirror, Bluetooth audio, rearview camera, and blue LED brake lights.
– Available SMS text message function, LED daytime running lights added.
– Revised interior trim and front fascia.
– 16-inch alloys receive new finish.
– New 17-inch alloy wheels available.
– Functional rear diffuser added.
– Paint changes: Premium Energetic Yellow added.

After being on the market for two years, the 2013 Honda CR-Z arrives half way through the year with a number of improvements to performance and styling.

The CR-Z uses a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system that is also used on the Insight, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) with steering wheel paddle shifters. A three-mode driving system allows the driver to configure the responsiveness to Sport, Normal or Economy modes. Like the Insight, the CR-Z uses the electric motor to augment the gasoline engine, and cannot run on its battery alone, but it shuts off the gasoline engine at idle such as at red lights.

Standard features include six-speed manual transmission (CVT available), Plus Sport System, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (CVT only), three-mode drive system, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, front stabilizer bar, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, creep-aid system (CVT only), airbags (front, side curtain), hill start assist, immobilizer theft-deterrent system, security system, vehicle stability assist, body-coloured door handles, body-coloured folding power side mirrors with integrated turn signals, front splash guards, blue LED brake lights, rear window defroster, rear window wiper, automatic climate control with air filtration, cargo area cover and light, Eco Assist coaching display, exterior temperature indicator, HandsFreeLink Bluetooth connectivity, map lights, power windows with driver side auto-up/down, programmable automatic power door locks, rearview camera with guidelines, remote entry system, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, tachometer, tilt/telescopic steering, tirr repair kit, floor mats, folding cargo tray behind front seats, and 6-speaker 160W AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with auxiliary and USB input.

Premium Package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, fog lights, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, navigation, text message function, heated seats, leather upholstery, and 7-speaker 360W premium audio with subwoofer.

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