What’s new on the 2012 Honda CR-Z? Very little, apart from some new seating trim and a mild $365 price hike.
Honda announced pricing for the base 2012 CR-Z starts at $20,315, including $770 in destination fees. The uplevel EX model adds automatic headlamps, fog lamps, a 360-watt sound system, and starts at $21,875. EX models are also available with a navigation system for an additional $1800.
For the most part, 2012 CR-Zs are identical to 2011 models, but Honda notes cars painted in Crystal Black Pearl are now available with a new black seat fabric, replacing the standard metallic mesh seating. Opting for the black fabric adds no additional cost.
Beneath the skin, the 2012 CR-Z is essentially unchanged. Power comes from a 1.5-liter I-4 mated with an electric motor. Net output for the system is 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. All CR-Zs feature a slick-shifting six-speed manual as standard equipment, although a continuously variable transmission is available for an extra $650.
The powertrain has three modes, Eco, Normal, and Sport, which tune the hybrid system for efficiency or performance. Put the CR-Z in full Eco mode, and the car can achieve up to 35 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, provided you’ve opted for the CVT.
Is it worth the cost? It’s hard to say: the CR-Z has a new competitor in the form of the Hyundai Veloster, which trumps the CR-Z in power figures and fuel economy, and also undercuts its price tag by roughly $1000. Will CR-Z shoppers flock instead to the funky Veloster? Only time will tell.