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.
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.