2014 Honda CR-Z vs 2013 Hyundai Veloster
When you take the 2014 Honda CR-Z vs 2013 Hyundai Veloster, you’re given two performance-driven, fun to drive hatchbacks. However, one of the compact cars clearly stands out as the top competitor.
What separates the two vehicles is the engine found under the hood of the Honda CR-Z. The majority of the hatchback’s power comes from an efficient 1.5-liter engine. Although it’s a four-cylinder, at low rpms, one of the intake valves is shut down, allowing for increased efficiency. Efficiency is further increased by an electric motor which starts the engine, accelerates the car and recharges the battery. An innovative regenerative braking system captures energy while braking and coasting and sends it to the battery. It keeps the CR-Z from ever having to be charged.
The CR-Z also remains the only hybrid to pair the engine with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s just another factor that adds to the fun to drive aspect of the hybrid. The Veloster also comes standard with a manual transmission, but as a gas-powered car, it doesn’t exactly provide the same “wow factor” that the CR-Z does.