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The triangular Honda CR-Z just has not been the hit in the U.S. that it’s been in Japan. Though there are probably a number of reasons for this, probably the most glaring has been its lack of power.

Its puny engine made the sports-car-looking car no faster than the methodical Toyota Prius. Therefore, the Japanese automaker has revisited the CR-Z so that its 1.5-liter engine and electric motor are now able to churn out a combined 137 horsepower; a 13-horsepower increase over the 2012 model (um…yea?)

Honda has even gone so far as to add a super up Plus Sport button that releases a 10-second extra charge of electrical power when its battery still has at least 50% of its charge.

What do you guys think?  Will 13-hp save this cool little hatch?


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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