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2015 Honda CR-Z

2015 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Combines Sporty Driving Dynamics with Fuel Sipping Powertrain

10/08/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
•Compact dimensions provide sporty handling and around-town agility
•Hybrid powertrain offers spirited performance wîth a EPA highway fuel economy rating of 39 mpg1 making the CR-Z both fun and frugal

With sleek and sporty styling paired wîth spirited performance and high efficiency that lives up to its sport hybrid moniker, the 2015 CR-Z went on-sale today wîth a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $20,1452.

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine wîth Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) electric motor, paired to either a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission or sport-tuned continuously variable transmission (CVT) wîth paddle shifters. Engine and motor combined peak output is 130 horsepower2 and 140 lb-ft of torque3 (127 lb-ft4 on CVT models).

2015 Honda CR-ZBoth the standard CR-Z and the feature-rich EX trim come standard wîth Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, AM/FM/CD/ÚSB audio system wîth six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry and cruise control.

The hybrid powertrain uses a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam (SOHC) engine wîth 'intelligent' Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) that receives additional power from the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system's DC brushless electric motor. Powered by a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery pack, the 15-kW electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy and recharge the battery. Combined peak output is 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque (127 lb-ft. on CVT-equipped models), including electric-motor assist (all figures SAE net).

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 140 ft-lbs

6-speed Manual, CVT
Selectable Econ, Normal and Sport operating modes let the driver select his or her desired balance of economy and performance. In addition, the standard Plus Sport System delivers increased acceleration when the driver presses the 'S+' button on the §teering wheel (when the battery is more than 50-percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling over 19 mph).

2015 Honda CR-ZBody
Refreshed wîth exterior design and trim upgrades for 2013, the CR-Z's 'one-motion' exterior wedge shape begins at its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance, wîth its deeply inset beltline adding a dynamic element. Standard exterior features include power windows and door locks, remote entry, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The up-level CR-Z EX model adds LED daytime running lights (DRL), High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights wîth Auto-On/Off, and fog lights.

Front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension, along wîth electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering (EPS), are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. All CR-Z models have 16-inch aluminum wheels and 195/55R-16 tires, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels wîth 205/45R-17 tires are available. The CR-Z's low height, compact wheelbase and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area contribute to a low center of gravity and responsive, sporty handling.

The CR-Z interior has a high-tech appearance and intuitive controls. Its ultra-modern instrument panel features gauges that illuminate wîth a three-dimensional color theme for a multi-layered appearance, wîth the tachometer backlighting color changing based on driving style. The sweeping upper dashboard shape creates a wraparound cockpit environment. Premium sport-oriented seats provide firm lateral support along wîth everyday driving comfort. A console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space, wîth a hard-shell separator that can be closed to create additional hidden storage.

2015 Honda CR-ZStandard electronic features include a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system wîth six speakers and speed-sensitive volume control, a CD/MP3 text readout and a ÚSB3 auxiliary input jack for connection to a portable audio player. Other interior features include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera.

The up-level CR-Z EX adds a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System wîth seven speakers including subwoofer, perforated leather-wrapped §teering wheel, and more. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™4 is available on the CR-Z EX and features a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera display. Included wîth the Navi system are FM traffic and voice recognition, Pandora® Interface, Bluetooth® streaming audio and an SMS text messaging function.

Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags wîth passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system (ABS); a tire pressure monitoring system; and design features to the front of the vehicle intended to mitigate potential injuries to a pedestrian in a collision.

2015 Honda CR-ZWarranty
The 2014 Honda CR-Z is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/ unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty. A 15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty also applies when the vehicle is registered and normally operated in California and certain states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

Source - Honda
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