There are just three trim levels for the 2013 Honda CR-Z: the base car, slightly less than $21,000 with delivery; the fancier EX version, which adds $1,690 to the price; and the EX with navigation, which adds another $1,500. Because it's a low-volume car, that keeps the process simple and the number of variations to a manageable number. And credit Honda with offering the six-speed manual on all three trim levels.
But the features are plentiful even on the base CR-Z. They include power locks, windows, and door mirrors; automatic climate control (which is rare on smaller two-seaters); cruise control; keyless entry; and a 160-Watt, six-speaker CD audio system with steering-wheel mounted controls and USB connectivity.
The higher-level EX model adds leather trim; fog lamps and high-intensity discharge headlamps; some metal trim accents for the interior; and Bluetooth connectivity (which we think should be standard by now). New for 2013, the EX with the navigation system gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with not only voice recognition, but also Pandora internet radio and an SMS messaging facility. A more powerful 360-Watt stereo system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer, is an option.
The one drawback for buyers who want to personalize their CR-Zs is the woeful lack of dealer-installed options. Unlike Scion--which set the bar in dealer accessories--there are no fancy graphics, drilled pedals, fancy doorplates, interior lighting, or tuner-look options. The aftermarket offers lots of gear, especially wheels, but you'll have to seek it out, because your Honda dealer doesn't.