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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
With all the techno-tidbits available inside (along with standard USB audio and a 12V power source), oddly, our favorite interior feature came in the form of a configurable cargo cover.
…If you need a sunroof, heated seats, or keyless-go, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Not a deprivation chamber, but in these days of full-featured small cars, CRZ isn't that kind.
EXs also get some meaningful interior upgrades, like a novel new vacuum-formed evaporated-tin film that lends a sharp-looking smoked-chrome appearance to the doorpulls and center console area.
Honda is a pioneer in simplifying the order process. The CR-Z comes in just two versions, the sub-$20,000 base CR-Z and the EX, which can cost as much as $24,000.
The base comes with a fair host of standard equipment, including automatic climate control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; keyless entry with one remote; cruise control; and a six-speaker CD sound system with USB connectivity and steering-wheel audio controls.
The CR-Z EX adds high-intensity discharge headlamps; Bluetooth; fog lamps; leather and alloy-metal trim; an extra remote fob; and a upgraded 360-watt stereo. Navigation with voice recognition can be had as an upgrade on this version.
The CR-Z offers few options, and it’s entirely missing the personalization options you’d find at a Scion or MINI or even a Ford showroom. We’re sure the aftermarket gang will have its way with the CR-Z once they reconcile themselves to the idea of hybrid tuning, but Honda’s behind the curve when it comes to high-margin add-ons.
Honda hasn’t missed a beat on entertainment features, though you’ll have to remix the CR-Z’s looks and details on your own.