2014 Honda CR-Z

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2014 Honda CR-Z

New For 2014

Honda substantially refreshed the CR-Z for 2013, so there are minimal changes for the 2014 Honda CR-Z models.

Vehicle Summary

Unique is an overused word to describe automobiles, but it applies to the Honda CR-Z, a two-seat hybrid with a standard manual transmission. While the CR-Z has been called a successor to the 1980s two-seat CRX, it's really not. Truly, the CR-Z fills a niche that is occupied by no other car on the market.


The 2014 Honda CR-Z is engaging to drive. It's tossable, tight, and agile. The hybrid powertrain produces 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The six-speed manual is the basic transmission and the likely choice for enthusiasts, who can use it to wring maximum enjoyment out of this diminutive car. A CVT is also available (output drops to 127-lb-ft with it). The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which replaced the old nickel-metal hydride unit for the 2013 model year. The electric motor helps performance by increasing acceleration, and it works as a generator during coasting and braking to capture kinetic energy, which improves fuel economy.

The 2014 Honda CR-Z can be driven in three modes: Sport, Normal, and Eco. Sport produces the most noticeable changes, including quickening the throttle response. Honda added a cool feature for 2013 -- the last significant refresh of the CR-Z -- called Plus Sport, with which the driver gets a five-second boost from the electric motor during acceleration by pushing a button on the steering wheel. A light flashes on the dashboard when the feature is available, and the battery must be more than 50-percent charged with the car traveling at least 19 mph. It's like a poor man's push to pass. It's available in any of the normal driving modes, although it has the most impact in Sport mode.

Even before its mid-cycle 2013 refresh, we liked the CR-Z's dynamics, saying that "The short-throw shifter is typically Honda in its delightful weight and precision, and the clutch pedal's takeup is smooth and linear. In fact, once you're driving the CR-Z, you could easily forget it's a hybrid."

Although you may forget it's a hybrid, the 2014 Honda CR-Z has significant hybrid capabilities, getting 36 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway with the CVT. Models with the manual transmission earn 31/38 mpg city/highway ratings.

Last year the front fascia was revised and the CR-Z got new sixteen-inch alloy wheels, updated interior trim, a new rear diffuser, and available LED running lights. The car also received more standard equipment, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The new hybrid batteries and Plus Sport system enhance the driving experience, and the 2013 update resulted in more power and better fuel-economy ratings.

You'll like:

  • Sports car dynamics
  • Plus Sport feature
  • Excellent fuel economy

You won't like:

  • Little storage
  • Only seats two
  • It's not the CRX

Key Competitors

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Honda CR Z HPD Street Performance Concept Front Three Quarters
The Honda CR-Z was a disappointment for many Honda enthusiasts when it debuted at the 2008 Detroit auto show, as this underpowered hybrid coupe struggled to live up to its billing as a reborn CRX. At last year’s SEMA show Honda announced a supercharger kit for the CR-Z in an attempt to jump-start this sporty-looking coupe’s performance, and the kit is now available for any 2013-2014 Honda CR-Z with a manual transmission.
Honda CR Z HPD Street Performance Concept Rear Three Quarters
From the moment the Honda CR-Z arrived in 2011, plenty of Honda enthusiasts have been hoping that the car would evolve into something more a Mazdaspeed 3 and less like a fuel-efficiency special meant for sporty nerds.

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2014 Honda CR-Z Specifications

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1.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
31 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
38 MPG
130 hp @ 6000rpm
140 ft lb of torque @ 1000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2011-2015 CR-Z, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity, and Insight, 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in Fall 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning on March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JX2, JX3 and JX4.
Potential Units Affected
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IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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