Although initially enjoying strong sales in Japan, the wedge-shaped CR-Z hasn't been popular stateside—likely due its anemic powerplant that's no quicker than a Toyota Prius. Meanwhile, the asymmetrical Hyundai Veloster—whose concept arguably was inspired from the CR-X—has fared better sales-wise with its more powerful 137-horsepower engine.
The 1.5-liter engine and electric motor have been tweaked to produce 137 horsepower, which is a 13-horsepower improvement over the 2012 model—and putting it on even footing with the Veloster. More interestingly, Honda has added a Plus Sport button, which gives an extra surge of power when there's over 50% battery charge left for up to ten seconds. That won't lead to neck-snapping acceleration, but considering the European combined cycle will stay at 56.4 miles per gallon, it means there's little if any cost to fuel economy.