One part hybrid and one part sports coupe, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is a spiritual successor to the iconic Honda CRX, a beloved 2-seater sold during the 1980s and 1990s. The similarly shaped CRX was charged then with the same mission as the CR-Z is today: Maximize fuel economy and fun at the same time.
The 2013 CR-Z also recalls the original Honda Insight, a teardrop-shaped 2-seater with a rakish rear end that introduced the concept of a hybrid vehicle to Americans just before the turn of the century. Packaged in similar fashion, the CR-Z contains the latest version of the original Insight’s groundbreaking Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain. But it’s not quite as thrifty with a gallon of gas as the original Insight was.
Taking its cues from its predecessors, the Honda CR-Z debuted for the 2011 model year as a low-volume niche model designed to provide distinctive style and entertaining performance combined with great fuel economy and low emissions. Honda has updated the 2013 CR-Z in the hope of expanding its appeal, adding more power and greater performance while improving fuel economy, so we thought we’d better take another look at one of the most fun-to-drive hybrids on the market.