The 2013 Honda CR-Z is a sport three-door two-seat subcompact hybrid hatchback that is unique to the market. The CR-Z is one of the best-performing hybrid car on the market, and it is the spiritual successor of the old CR-X. This car was introduced as a totally new model for 2011, and for 2013 the Honda CR-Z gets a mild styling refresh, a bit more power and more standard features.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes in two trim levels: base and EX. The base model comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, mesh fabric upholstery, full power accesories, keyless entry, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, full power accesories, keyless entry, hill-start assist, cruise control, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cargo cover, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and steering-wheel audio controls.
The CR-Z EX adds LED daytime running lights, automatic xenon HID headlamps and foglights, a two-tone black and red upholstery, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic interior trim and a 7-speaker sound system. A navigation system with a touchscreen interface and voice control is available as an option.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter engine paired with an electric motor. The 1.5-liter 16-valve i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine combined with the electric motor (that produces 23 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque) gives to CR-Z a total output of 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Also available is an optional CVT (continuously variable transmission) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, but in this case the torque drops to 127 lb-ft.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, that combines the functions of an alternator and starter motor in one, with the electric motor that starts the engine, accelerates the car, recharges the battery and provides regenerative braking. EPA fuel economy estimates for 2013 Honda CR-Z are 36 mpg city/ 39 mpg highway with the CVT and 31 mpg city/ 38 mpg highway with the manual transmission.
Standard safety features of 2013 CR-Z include side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, antilock brakes, stability control and traction control.
The 2013 Buick Regal is a front-drive four-door five-seat entry-luxury midsize sedan that offers an aggressive styling, a high level of standard equipment and an impressive attention to detail. For 2013, the eAssist system is the standard powertrain for non-turbo models. This system uses a smaller battery and a generator/motor in place of an alternator to give the car’s mileage a boost.
Attention to detail complements the Regal’s bold styling, with Buick design cues such as the waterfall grille, select use of chrome trim and excellent fit and finish of the exterior panels. Buick’s signature portholes are located on the hood instead of the front fenders, and all Regal models sport a black chrome grille.
The 2013 Buick Regal comes in base, Turbo and high-performance GS trim levels. The Regal base and Turbo come with different Premium option groups.
The 2013 Buick Regal base comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, foglights, automatic headlights, cruise control, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat, split-folding rear seats, a power height-adjustable passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a customizable touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity and a 7-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and IntelliLink smartphone integration. The Buick Regal Turbo adds 18-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel and unique powertrain components.
The Premium 1 Group adds to Regal base and Turbo rear parking sensors, keyless ignition, keyless entry and remote ignition. The Premium 2 Group adds xenon headlights, rear-seat side airbags and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Premium 3 is a Turbo-only trim and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, adjustable driving settings and adaptive suspension.
The high-performance Buick Regal GS includes a more powerful turbocharged engine, front parking sensors, sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats and the Interactive Drive Control system.
The 2013 Buick Regal comes with a choice of three different powertrains. The 2013 Regal base comes with a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist (a mild hybrid technology) that produces 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic with manual shift controls. EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway.
The Regal Turbo models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 22 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard while a 6-speed manual transmission is offered as an option. The EPA estimates are 18 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway with the automatic and 20/ 32 mpg with the manual.
The 2013 Regal GS comes with the same engine as Turbo, but this engine has been upgraded to produce 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed manual transmission is standard.
The Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept debuted in Tokyo last December and it is back to the 2012 Gneva Motor Show with an innovative diesel hybrid drivetrain under the hood. Like the original version unveiled in Japan, this one pairs its internal combustion engine with an electric motor and uses this combination to drive the front axle, while a second electric motor is used to power the rear axle.
This new hybrid system, mates a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine with a pair of electric motors. The diesel engine offers 187 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The electric motors are driven by a 9.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and produce 54 hp for front wheels and 114 hp for rear wheels. With a combined system output of 302 hp and up to 516 lb-ft of torque, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe claim a mileage from 131 mpg (800 miles in hybrid mode with its 14.5-gallon fuel tank).