At just $20 more than the outgoing model, the 2014 Honda CR-Z has been filled with updates, including new styling, a more powerful battery for added performance, increased power, and it remains the only hybrid that is offered with a manual transmission. In the past, the CR-Z hasn’t been the biggest seller in the Honda lineup, and even with these upgrades, sales for the sport hybrid coupe may not increase.
The new Honda CR-Z gets its power from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine and a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery back. With 130 horsepower, the new CR-Z manages to get an EPA-estimated 31/38 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 36/39 mpg with the CVT transmission. Three driving modes can be selected, including Econ, Normal, and Sport, depending on the driver’s preferences.
Standard features for the 2014 Honda CR-Z include power windows and doors, keyless entry, six-speaker sound system with speed-sensitive volume, audio text readout, and USB auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. The higher level models offer LED daytime running lights, HID headlights, a premium seven-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, Pandora, Bluetooth streaming audio and text messaging.
Available in six models, the 2014 CR-Z starts at $19,995 when equipped with the manual transmission, while the base CR-Z with the CVT starts at $20,645. Pricing can range up to $23,340 for the manual transmission models, and $23,990 for those equipped with a CVT. All 2014 Honda CR-Z models will be available at dealers across the country later this week.