Used 2013 Honda CR-Z EX for Sale
Reviews for 2013 Honda CR-Z
Excellent all-rounder, for the right driver.
This is, quite simply, the most fun car I've ever driven. First of all, if a two-seater means it's a deal-breaker for you, don't bother reading on. Or perhaps, read on and seriously consider whether a two-seater is a deal breaker :) The CRZ is a bit of an oxymoron - a contradiction that to most people makes no sense. It's called a Sports Hybrid, and while the word "hybrid" usually conjures up images of Prius (usually clogging up traffic) it's unclear how the word "sporty" applies to that. What most people don't realize though is that electric motors inherently have high low-end torque, similar to a Diesel engine, and the reason why many hybrids drive like they're moving through molasses is that the *combustion* engine has been down-tuned and Atkinsonized in order to provide high efficiency. In many respects the electric motor is compensating for an underpowered engine. But what if you were to use an electric motor as a *boost* to a perfectly usable engine...? The CRZ was the first hybrid car to use the technology in this way, and manufacturers from Lexus to Porsche are jumping on the bandwagon. The power and torque curves are dramatically different to normal cars and while the car appears underpowered on paper, it behaves like a vehicle with a much higher horsepower engine. The 2013 version has an upgraded Lithium-Ion battery that provides for better discharge rates and higher capacity for the weight. This has allowed for a "Sports Plus" button which acts like a kind of turbo, altering the battery output, throttle response and (in the CVT automatic) gearing in order to provide a significant boost to power. It's a weird feeling to get pushed back into your seat while driving a hybrid! This is separate from the three-mode drive styles is has to play with - Normal, Econ and Sport. Each is very different from the other. Sport is downright nimble, while Econ will allow even a moderate driver to easily beat the EPA estimates for fuel economy. It's rated at 37 combined, but getting 40-50+mpg on my commute is more typical. Sport also allows for a kind of manual mode using the paddle shifters on the wheel to simulate a 7-speed gearbox. Many drivers speak of the wonders of the 6-speed manual version, but I found the CVT can provide similar fun while keeping the convenience of an automatic. Aside from the misleading sense of power, the handling is tight on corners and the suspension firm without being too rough. The seats do a great job of holding you in place on curvy country roads, where the car really shines. I got the fully-loaded EX with Navigation, which adds a bunch of features from LED daylight running lights, foglights and High Intensity headlights, to leather-trimmer steering wheel and illuminiated passenger vanity mirror. All models come with a backup camera as standard, which takes care of one of the complaints of the earlier models. I'm still figuring out all it can do - but between bluetooth linking to your phone and iPod compatibility via a dedicated cable (including Pandora linking) it's quite the info-tainment system. A few clicks on the touchscreen can get you to local traffic reports, phone interface, audio or a decent GPS system. There are also voice commands for most functions (including setting the climate control!) but these are limited on the base and EX models. I recommend the EX if you want a certain degree of additional features - I only got the Navi because I got a great deal on it! Driving noise is a little loud - it's not a luxury car, and they actually want you to hear the car. It has a GREAT exhaust note :-) However, tire and wind noise is noticable at highway speeds, and there is even a soft hum from the cooling fans for the battery in the back. Where it excels is as a commuter car where, in all honesty, you'll never be driving more than yourself and maybe one passenger. It's fun, fuel efficient, and is certainly an eye-catching shape. I personally love the car - for some tastes it doesn't hit the right buttons, but there are plenty of other options out there for those. I spent a lot of time looking into getting this car and did a fair bit of comparison shopping - most of the options people were steering me towards were more expensive, took premium gas, had worse mileage, fewer features or some combination of those. I highly recommend taking one for a testdrive before passing judgment. This is NOT your typical hybrid...
Honda for daughter
Great car, no problems, and completely hassle free process of purchasing through CarMax. Highly recommend.
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