The 2016 Honda CR-Z (facelift) has been launched in the US at a starting price of US$20,295. The facelifted model is available in three trim levels – LX, EX and EX-L, with 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.
The exterior of the 2016 Honda CR-Z gets a more chiseled look with angular elements and sharp character lines making their way through the swooping bodywork. The front-end gets a dominating eight-point polygon grille and a sharp blade-like front diffuser that starts from the center and dissects the front corners to form triangular fog light housings and air intakes. The flanks feature a sharp, rising shoulder line and swept-design five-spoke alloy wheels. The aero theme of the front is seen on the rear as well.
Inside, fit and finish has been improved with the door handles, front paneling and center console taking on a brushed metallic finish. The center console rises between the seats with a comfortable armrest and deep storage compartment. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped; the top of the line EX-L grade comes with heated and leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching. Functions such as electric parking brake, keyless entry and push button start/stop have been made standard on the entire range. Also standard, is the 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen that supports swipe, tap and pinch gestures just like a smartphone. The EX and EX-L Navi grades include Honda LaneWatch that display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the Display Audio Screen.
The 2016 Honda CR-Z is powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) coupled to a 15 kW DC brushless electric motor. The electric motor is powered by a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery pack. The motor has dual roles – it can assist in acceleration and also act as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy to help recharge the battery pack. The hybrid powertrain produces 130 hp and 140 lb.-ft./190 Nm of torque (127 lb.-ft./172 Nm on CVT-equipped models). The EPA-estimated combined fuel efficiency is rated at 37 mpg (15.73 km/l).
2016 CR-Z Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
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