2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid: New lease on life

Previewed earlier this year in Japan, details on the U.S.-spec 2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid have been announced. The production model going on sale this week gets a bolder appearance and a host of new features. Also a range-topping EX-L Navi model has been added above the existing EX and EX-L trims. The CR-Z Hybrid boasts an edgier front fascia that includes a new octagonal grille and a blade-like diffusers framing the fog lamps. Sculpted full length side sills and new 5-spoke alloy wheels further define the CR-Z's profile while its updated rear end adopts the front's new split-look design. 

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Honda treated the 2016 CR-Z Hybrid to similar enhancements inside, where cabin tweaks bring richer-looking trim, a more functional center console and a new Display Audio setup with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with swipe/pinch style control plus Smart Entry, Push Button Start/Stop and an electronic parking brake. The EX and EX-L Navi also feature the Honda Lane Watch while the EX-L Navi gets heated seats as well as the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. 

Powertrain unchanged

No changes have been made to the 2016 CR-Z Hybrid's powertrain. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine and Honda Integrated Motor Assist system continue to develop 130 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or 127 lb-ft on those fitted with the optional CVT automatic. The standard driver-selectable Eco/Normal/Sport modes also carry over as does the Plus Sport setting that allows for a short burst of increased acceleration when the battery has over a 50-percent charge and the car is traveling over 19 mph.

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Pricing for the 2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid LX starts at $21,125 with the EX opening at $22,975 and the EX-L commanding $25,275. Opting for the CVT automatic adds $650 on top of each of those figures and also raises the EPA city/highway numbers from 21/38 mpg to 36/39 mpg.

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