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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.
The 2014 Honda CR-Z has three simple trim levels, with plentiful features even on the base car, which comes in at around $21,000 with delivery. All CR-Z models come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic climate control--a rare fitting on smaller two-seaters; and a six-speaker CD audio system rated at 160 watts, including USB connectivity and controls on the steering wheel.
Move up to the middle EX trim level, and you'll get leather trim; high-intensity discharge headlamps; fog lamps; some metal trim accents for the interior; and Bluetooth connectivity (which really ought to be standard these days).
Finally, there's the EX with Navigation model, new last year. In fact, it's not just the navigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display that differentiates this model, but also voice commands, Pandora internet radio, and an SMS messaging facility. It also features an optional and much more powerful 360-watt stereo system with seven speakers, including a subwoofer.
Including a handful of paint colors, that's about the extent of the variations you can have in a CR-Z. It's a low-volume car, so the limited selection keeps the process simple and the number of variations manageable . Note that Honda lets you order the six-speed manual gearbox on all of the three trim levels. The only real drawback is a woeful lack of personalization options for the CR-Z at your local dealer, unlike Scion and MINI, to name two small-car brands that excel at letting buyers customize their new cars. Even for custom wheels, you'll have to go to the aftermarket.
Every 2014 Honda CR-Z, even the base trim, is nicely equipped, but options are few and dealer add-ons are lacking too.