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2013 Honda CR-Z

2013 Volkswagen Beetle

  2013 Honda CR-Z EX with Navigation 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible first drive
MSRP
$19,975
$19,995
Invoice $19,028 $19,195
MPG
City/Highway
31/39 21/41
Rating
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Bottom Line The 2013 Honda CR-Z is your best choice if you're looking for a two-seat hybrid sport coupe, but it doesn't excel in either handling or fuel economy. Read Full Review The 2013 Beetle Turbo and TDI rightfully stir some excitement, especially with new convertible variants offered, but the base model's still a bit boring. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Best gas mileage of any coupe
  • Six-speed gearbox makes 'hybrid' sporty
  • New boost mode for 2013 adds pep
  • Excellent instrument-panel graphics

Dislikes:

  • Entire Prius range still gets better MPG
  • Rough-road ride can be jarring
  • CVT subtracts driving fun
  • Carries two people, but little luggage

Likes:

  • Classic lines, modern looks
  • A vintage tinge to its interior
  • Good thrust from the Turbo
  • Quick dual-clutch shifts
  • That old familiar feeling--now with working heat!

Dislikes:

  • Back seat still not full-sized
  • Five-cylinder base engine lacks sparkle
  • Gas mileage less than impressive on non-diesels
  • Herbalist fan base may actually miss bud vase
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