Honda is pretty much holding the line on pricing for its CR-Z hybrid hatchback. For the 2014 model year, Honda is increasing the base price by a mere twenty dollars to $19,995, keeping the model's price just under that magic $20,000 figure. For the fully equipped CR-Z EX, Honda was a little more aggressive, raising its base price by $185 to $21,840 (neither price includes the $790 destination charge). The 2014 CR-Z went on sale Tuesday.

As far as mechanics, little has changed. The 2014 CR-Z will still get a 31/38 city/highway fuel-economy split for the manual transmission version (Honda sells the only production manual transmission hybrid in the US) and a 36/39 split for the CVT version. Horsepower output will remain the same as the 2013 version at 130 while torque will top out at 140 pound-feet. We're guessing that one thing Honda hope will change is demand for the car. Through September, CR-Z sales were basically the same as last year, up just 2.5 percent from 2012, at 3,546 units. The short-term trend line isn't as good. September 2013 sales plunged 21 percent from a year earlier to just 264 vehicles. Check out Honda's press release below.
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2014 HONDA CR-Z SPORT HYBRID COUPE OFFERS SLEEK EXTERIOR DESIGN, FEATURE RICH INTERIOR AND OUTSTANDING FUEL EFFICIENCY

10/07/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Sport hybrid offers fun to drive performance with 39 mpg highway EPA fuel-economy rating (CVT)1
Available with a sportymanual transmission or engaging CVT

The 2014 CR-Z goes on-sale tomorrow, combining sleek styling, numerous standard features and sporty handling while maintaining terrific fuel efficiency. The CR-Z was thoroughly updated for the 2013 model year with a more powerful battery pack, increased power and styling improvements, while also earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For 2014, the CR-Z remains the only hybrid vehicle offered with a sporty manual transmission.

Using Honda's highly efficient, compact Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system, the CR-Z has an EPA rating of 31/38/34 mpg2 city/highway/combined (MT) and 36/39/37 mpg2 city/highway/combined (CVT), and is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that adhere to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states).

Two models are available, the standard CR-Z with a starting MSRP of $19,995, and the feature-rich EX with a starting MSRP of $21,840. Both models come equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an available CVT. Additional standard features on every new 2014 CR-Z include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control. View, build and price a 2014 Honda CR-Z at http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z.

TRIM MSRP2 EPA Fuel Economy Ratings1
(city/highway/combined)

CR-Z 6-speed manual $19,995 31/38/34
CR-Z CVT $20,645 36/39/37
CR-Z EX 6-speed manual $21,840 31/38/34
CR-Z EX CVT $22,490 36/39/37
CR-Z EX 6-speed manual with Navi $23,340 31/38/34
CR-Z EX CVT with Navi $23,990 36/39/37

Powertrain
The hybrid powertrain uses a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam (SOHC) engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) that receives additional power from the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system's DC brushless electric motor. Powered by a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery pack, the 15-kW electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy and recharge the battery. Combined peak output is 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), including electric-motor assist (all figures SAE net).

Selectable Econ, Normal and Sport operating modes let the driver select his or her desired balance of economy and performance. In addition, the standard Plus Sport System delivers increased acceleration when the driver presses the "S+" button on the steering wheel (when the battery is more than 50-percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 19 mph).

Body
Refreshed with exterior design and trim upgrades for 2013, the CR-Z's "one-motion" exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance, with its deeply inset beltline adding a dynamic element. Standard exterior features include power windows and door locks, remote entry, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The up-level CR-Z EX model adds LED daytime running lights (DRL), High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with Auto-On/Off, and fog lights.

Chassis
Front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension, along with electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS), are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. All CR-Z models have 16-inch aluminum wheels and 195/55R-16 tires, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45R-17 tires are available. The CR-Z's low height, compact wheelbase and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area contribute to a low center of gravity and responsive, sporty handling.

Interior
The CR-Z interior has a high-tech appearance and intuitive controls. Its ultra-modern instrument panel features gauges that illuminate with a three-dimensional color theme for a multi-layered appearance, with the tachometer backlighting color changing based on driving style. The sweeping upper dashboard shape creates a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium sport-oriented seats provide firm lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space, with a hard-shell separator that can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

Standard electronic features include a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and speed-sensitive volume control, a CD/MP3 text readout and a USB3 auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player. Other interior features include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera.

The up-level CR-Z EX adds a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with seven speakers including subwoofer, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™4 is available on the CR-Z EX and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera display. Included with the Navi system are FM traffic and voice recognition, Pandora® Interface, Bluetooth® streaming audio and an SMS text messaging function.

Safety
Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system (ABS); a tire pressure monitoring system; and design features to the front of the vehicle intended to mitigate potential injuries to a pedestrian in a collision.

Warranty
The 2014 Honda CR-Z is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/ unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty. A 15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty also applies when the vehicle is registered and normally operated in California and certain states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/cr-z. To join the CR-Z community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondacrz. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda CR-Z is available at hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-cr-z.

1Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

3The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

4The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the CR-Z EX in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.


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      Bryce
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife has a 2011 with 55k miles, she is getting 44mpg average and does 70 miles a day. I can't stand this car, it's noisy, slow, wicked blind spots but it was cheap and looks good. My Volt is getting 170mpg is quicker, quieter and handles better and I only paid 28k for it.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryce
        For 22k I got HID lights, LED accents, handsfree cell phone call/text, iPod integration, back up camera, banging sound system, navigation, stylish alloy wheels and have no problem getting 50mpg+. Acceleration is great, sounds rumbly and sporty, stiff sporty feel and get nothing but endless compliments. Can't wait till 2016.
        Martin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryce
        I've had my CR-Z EX for 3 years and have over 61,000 miles on it. Not one, single problem. Just have oil and filter changes (which are free from the dealer) and tire rotations. It may not be the fastest car, but I get 40+ mpg driving a mix of highway and city driving (60 miles round trip to work each weekday. Very comfortable seating (NOT LEATHER!!) and a great sound system. Volts are WAY too expensive and I hate 4-door cars. That was one of the major draws for me with the CR-Z.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own a 2011 CR-Z with almost 60K miles. It met all my criteria when I was shopping for a new car, better MPG (than my 6cyl.), fun to drive and affordable. My only complaints are the lack of power and the blind spots when trying to back out of parking spaces. This is no sports car by any means and as a 2-seater is going to appeal to a smaller niche market, so not sure why they're really that disappointed with their sales numbers. Also FYI - it's not been back to the dealer for anything other than routine scheduled maintenance.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I managed 50 mpg in the city yesterday. It can easily exceed its EPA estimates.
        EVnerdGene
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        The EPA won't allow testing in "econ" mode where it maximizes the use of regen and start/stop tech. Would have had better results if no choice of "econ," "normal," or "sport." Yeah, I can easily get 45 around town, but tough to get 40 on the 70 or > highway.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      don't buy it; it got the IMA (integrated motor assist) disease.
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wanted one of these for a while. I like small 2-seater sports cars like this. I also like hybrids. But Honda's IMA system is so inferior to other hybrids it isn't even funny. And now that I drive an EV I could never go back to gas. If they made a plug-in version of this car, I'd be in!
      TPGIII
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would find this car far more interesting if it had the 2014 Accord hybrid system. Added power and mileage, what's not to like? It would be worth the extra cost.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TPGIII
        Even the upgraded CIVIC Hybrid system would do wonders for the car. But, there's the new in Japan Honda Fit Hybrid system that should really go in this car.
        SteveG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TPGIII
        I am biased as I have an insight, but for the cost what is wrong with IMA? I average over 49mpg in a car that cost less than $20k. There is no way this car would be reasonable for the kind of money it would cost to upgrade to that sort of hybrid system.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          I miss my 2000 Insight. Lifetime average 62.4mpg. However, it was sometimes scary to drive the little sipper. "my car is not too small, yours is too damn big." Love my 2012 CRz 6-speed, and it is a very fun drive in 'sport' mode. Really an economy sports car (call it an oxymoron if you like) Averaging about 42.5, but feeling much safer than in the Insight. CRz is a bargain at $20k.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          Also have a left-over EV in my garage (can't say what), and get my thrills (fill) driving EVs at work. But I'm really a phereign sports car guy; now coming full-circle - shopping for my next joyride after spending many years driving EV boringeconoboxes. The Tesla S could'a fit the bill, but way too expensive for a toy. I like getting good gas mileage, but also the CRz is as much car as I need. I love it on trips - as comfortable as I need. Just think (I preach it often); if 90% of Americans drove reasonable transportation (30+MPG), we wouldn't need to import any oil - at all. Gets me seeing Walmart and convenience store parking lots filled with FUVs. I'll take five lotto tickets and a pack of cigarettes please.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          The Honda Insight does ok for a budget hybrid. This vehicle costs the more than the insight, but gets worse gas mileage despite being much smaller.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          correction: Meant to say Tesla Roadster.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SteveG
          @ EVnerdGene Ah ha, I've often wondered what sort of car you drive.
      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know how long this car will exist, selling only 264 copies in September. Nissan sold more than 10x that number in LEAFs alone. Honda can't afford to service this niche for much longer.
      Rob M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drop the hybrid system, put a K20 in the engine bay... watch the sales go way up. Seriously, everyone I talk to about the CR-Z says that they would buy it if it were not a hybrid. It is the new generation CRX, but built for yuppies rather than driving enthusiasts (sorry, just telling it like it is). On a good side however, being a Honda technician.... I have done nothing but routine maintenance on the CR-Z's, so reliability is a big plus with this car.
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob M
        The hybrid system is hardly a detractor. It likely looses many more sales being a 2-seater that isn't a full sports car. I know this because it was my only concern when I bought my 6 speed.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's it, I'm out. Can no longer afford.
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