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Refreshed 2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid with Better MPG, More Colors

You might remember when Stephen and I reviewed the 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid. It was a fun little car that evoked memories of the classic Honda CR-X, except in hybrid form. Now that the new sporty hatchback is in the middle of its lifecycle, Honda has decided to give the CR-Z Hybrid a refresh for the 2013 model year.

The overall styling of the car remains largely unchanged, though there is a new front fascia, a new finish for the alloy wheels, and a new rear diffuser for aerodynamics. They’re also adding two new colors: Passion Berry Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic. The more important changes have to do with the drivetrain. The electric motor gets bumped from 10kW to 15kW, putting out a combined peak output of 130hp at 6000rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque on the MT model. The final drive ratio is lower and the clutch is bigger too.

And that’s where we find ourselves at a crossroads. The 2013 Honda CRZ gets a bit more power, but you’d think that they would have figured out how to make it more efficient too. Unfortunately, fuel economy has only been bumped by 1MPG. The manual is 31 MPG city, 38 MPG highway and 34 MPG combined, while the CVT is 36 MPG city, 39 MPG highway and 37 MPG combined. Considering that you can get right around these numbers without going with a hybrid, the hybrid-ness of the CRZ remains a bit of a gimmick. That said, with a US sticker price of under $20k, it’s still a pretty great and sporty car, albeit not quite as fuel-sipping as its more efficient competitors.

Via Treehugger

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