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2013 Honda CR-Z vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Honda CR-Z EX with Navigation
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The 2013 Honda CR-Z is the only hybrid hatchback coupe on the market, and new entrants for that niche are nowhere to be seen.

Coupes take only a tiny share of sales to start with, which makes the Scion tC likely its closest competitor, with its heavy focus on sound systems, infotainment, and dealer options.

There's also the MINI Cooper Coupe, new for 2013, another two-seat coupe like the CR-Z; its handling is better, though its looks are very much in the eye of the beholder.

There's also the VW Beetle, new last year, as an iconic shape and a statement car--it's much larger and also fun to drive.

But the strongest competition for the CR-Z may come from five-door subcompact hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic, especially with the addition of the new Sonic RS and Fiesta ST models.

They're as much fun to drive, or more, hold more people and luggage, and end up in the same price range.

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7.0
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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.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
7.6
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Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
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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.
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Not quite fast, and not quite nimble, the latest Scion tC is on its way to developing an interesting personality.
MSRP From    
$19,975$14,185$13,200$19,995$18,725
Gas Mileage    
31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5Gas I4
EPA Class    
Two SeatersSubcompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact carCompact Car
Style Name    
3-Door Manual4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S2-Door Manual 2.5L2-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
25545
Passenger Doors    
N/A442N/A
Body Style    
HatchbackSedanSedanCoupe3 Door Hatchback
Transmission    
ManualManualManualManualManual

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