The 2013 CRZ brings tweaked styling and more power, but there's a trade-off: reduced to one trim grade only, the price of entry has creeped up to $38,490, plus on-roads.
The range previously opened with the manual Sport variant, priced at $34,990, through to the $37,290 CVT-equipped Sport and topping out with the CVT Luxury model at $40,790.
Manual and CVT options remain, and with output boosted to 100kW and 190Nm (in manual form), Honda believes the changes and price shuffle will represent an appealing proposition for buyers.
The power boost comes courtesy of upgrades to the 1.5 litre petrol engine, and a new lithium-ion battery pack - replacing the previous version's nickel-metal hydride unit.
Tweaks to the petrol engine include an upgraded variable valve timing system and a reprogrammed engine control unit.
While power is up to 100kW and 190Nm with the manual transmission, CVT models offer slightly lower figures of 99kW and 172Nm.
The higher output for the manual sees the CRZ's acceleration improved, in UK-market form at least, to 9.1 seconds - cutting around six tenths of a second off the previous model's time.
Fuel consumption figures are listed at 5.3 l/100km for the manual and 5.0 with the CVT.
Underneath, the CRZ retains its existing suspension package, including MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam setup at the rear.
The CRZ also gains a tricky new "S+" button, designed to deliver a 10-second burst of stronger acceleration - so long as the battery is at more than 50 percent of charge.
Styling updates bring a number of subtle changes, including a redesigned front fascia, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, and new foglights
The 2013 CRZ also picks up a redesigned diffuser and 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels as standard. In the cabin is new LED lighting and white stitching.
Two new exterior colours have been added to the palette, Northern Lights Violet and Polished Metal, joining the existing colours of Crystal Black, Milano Red and Premium White.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2013 CRZ - manual - $38,490
- 2013 CRZ - automatic - $40,790