Honda has boosted the output of both the gasoline and electric elements of the CR-Z's IMA hybrid power-train. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine outputs 7 more horses than previously for a new maximum of 119 horsepower. Along with the electric motor's contribution, the CR-Z now makes a total of 137 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque.
Check the CR-Z's steering wheel and you'll spot a new round, silver button. Pressing this S+ button activates a 10-second electric motor boost that improves acceleration. The S+ button only works, however, when the CR-Z's battery pack is charged to 50 percent or more.
Cabin tech remains unchanged. Drivers will have a choice between this basic rig or a touch-screen navigation system. Check out our full review of the previous generation Honda CR-Z for an idea of what to expect.