2013 Honda CR-Z

2012 Paris Auto Show

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    2013 Honda CR-Z Picture

    2013 Honda CR-Z. | September 27, 2012

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2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Honda CR-Z now makes 137 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque.
  • It also has new valve timing and a new lithium-ion battery.
  • There are also new LED headlight accents!

PARIS — When a vehicle is revealed at an auto show there's usually a fact sheet, some very pretty women and a stage. The Honda CR-Z was refreshed for 2013, but you'd hardly know it from walking by the dark purple car sitting in the corner of Honda's booth at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

That, of course, is not to say that the changes don't make a difference. If you've long found yourself a student of the CR-Z, you'll instantly notice that Honda's small "sporty" hybrid coupe now has new LED accent lights in the headlights. If you happen to be a Honda product planner, you'll also notice it has a redesigned front fascia and grille. If you own a company that makes "Plus Sport (S+)" buttons, you'll notice that the 2013 Honda CR-Z now has one of those, too!

The visual differences here are minimal, as are the performance gains. Sixty mph now comes up in 9.0 seconds compared with 9.7, and the top speed is 124 mph. This is achieved by updating the valve timing in the gasoline motor and by a switch to a more powerful lithium-ion battery from a Ni-MH unit. Fuel consumption is listed at 56.5 mpg (Euro cycle) and 116g/km of CO2.

Edmunds says: They should've called it the Insight from Day One.

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