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Fresher Look, New Features Spiff Up 2016 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid

Fresher Look, New Features Spiff Up 2016 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid

By Philly Murtha, November 04, 2015

Honda showed off refreshed, sharper styling and new technology features that define changes on its 2016 CR-Z Sport Hybrid compact car as it reaches dealer showrooms this week. The sporty CR-Z coupe has a base suggested sticker price of $21,130 (including destination fee) for the manual transmission version. The price jumps to $25,090 for the higher-end EX-L trim level that includes navigation.

For 2016, the CR-Z Sport Hybrid, offered in LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, has been refreshed inside and out. The hybrid car boasts a more chiseled look with a redesigned front end and new 8-point polygon-shaped grille. A more aggressive stance is highlighted by a blade-like front diffuser that sweeps from the center to triangular-shaped fog light wells. Five-spoke alloy wheels add flare to the car’s appearance.

Upgraded interior treatments on the sporty hybrid compact include brushed metal finish on door handles, front paneling, and center console that rises between seats and features a new, more comfortable armrest and deep storage compartment in the cockpit, according to Honda. Adding the standard push-button electric parking brake also gets rid of the traditional lever for a cleaner look.

The car’s infotainment system also has been upgraded. All trim levels of the restyled 2016 Honda CR-Z feature a standard 7-in. display audio touch screen and smart entry and push-button start/stop feature. The top EX-L trim level adds Honda’s standard navigation system with voice recognition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and new heated, leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching. Both EX and EX-L Navi trim levels include the Honda LaneWatch wide-angle view advanced safety system.

The new CR-Z is still powered by Honda’s hybrid powertrain that features a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generates 130 horsepower and up to 140 lb.–ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and a CVT is available. The 2016 CR-Z is EPA-rated at 36 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and a combined fuel economy rating of 37 mpg.

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