A Modern Classic
The 2016 Honda CR-Z has flown in the face of established industry opinion by proving that it’s possible to shop for both a hybrid and a high-performance vehicle at the same time. It’s a sleek and athletic coupe with a sporty interior and a thrilling powertrain beneath the hood, but also a lightweight hybrid that keeps fuel-consumption rates to an absolute minimum. It’s both the car to tempt your adventurous side and the one that stays practical.
The CR-Z is the only hybrid available that is equipped with a close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox (6MT), a fact that underlines its sporty pedigree and the desire of coupe drivers to exercise complete control over power delivery. It’s also fantastically efficient: when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2016 CR-Z is capable of up to 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.*
The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) effectively combines the efficiency you’d expect from a manual transmission system without sacrificing the convenience of automatic, and the CR-Z’s CVT comes with paddle shifters for track-inspired control. When equipped with the CVT, the 2016 CR-Z can make up to 36 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.*
The CR-Z is designed to appeal to both the heart and the head, so it naturally offers multiple driving modes to cater to your changing needs. Normal Mode maintains an ideal balance of performance and efficiency, Sport Mode optimizes power delivery, and ECON Mode changes power delivery systems to ensure that the minimum amount of fuel is consumed.
Malin and Keno drivers will find a Plus Sport Button in each and every trim level of the 2016 Honda CR-Z. Just press it to engage the Plus Sport System and prime your CR-Z’s power systems for a burst of speed. Great for overtaking on the highway, or simply for indulging your thrill-seeking side.
The CR-Z is able to offer such groundbreaking performance thanks to its advanced 1.5L i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine. Coupled with a cutting-edge battery, it’s able to put you in command of up to 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque when paired with a manual transmission. Given the vehicle’s feather-light weight and aerodynamic profile, that adds up to a high-performance driving experience.
The CR-Z isn’t the sort of vehicle that lets ordinary annoyances stand in the way of your driving experience, so it fits a Hill Start Assist system as standard. When you pull away on an incline, the clutch will be automatically held until you hit the gas, preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards or forwards.
Most vehicles now come with a rearview camera, but Honda has never been content to fit in with the crowd. Instead, they’ve taking the rearview camera further by utilizing three separate viewing modes: Normal, Wide, and Top-Down. You’ll be able to cycle between those options to see exactly what is behind you.
The 2016 Honda CR-Z can truly be said to be safe to its very core, thanks to ACE body structure technology. ACE stands for Advanced Compatibility Engineering, and it’s able to direct harmful impact energy away from occupants in the unlikely event of a crash occurring. You should never need it, but you’ll be glad it’s there.
The Honda Vehicle Stability Assist System provides additional peace of mind when you’re driving. Essentially, it senses oversteering and understeering, then corrects it. This improves traction and vehicle stability by minimizing wheel spin when you encounter slippery conditions, and keeps you entirely in control of the vehicle when you’re cornering.
As with the Vehicle Stability Assist system, Malin and Keno drivers will find Electronic Brake Distribution technology helping to keep them from harm’s way in every trim level of the 2016 CR-Z. It works with the anti-lock brakes to automatically vary the amount of force applied to each of a vehicle’s wheels, at once maximizing stopping power and maintaining control.
The Honda LaneWatch system is fitted as standard in both EX and EX-L Navi trim levels. Just signal to your right to activate a small camera concealed beneath your passenger-side mirror; it will play a live video on your Display Audio screen, revealing nearly four times more than the passenger-side mirror alone
The CR-Z comes with a Tire Pressure Monitoring system as standard, which is great news for Malin and Keno drivers. A lack of sufficient pressure in any tire will cause you to make fewer miles per gallon and create a noticeable drop in responsiveness. To stop that from happening the Tire Pressure Monitoring system will let you know pressure in any of the four tires is significantly low.
Malin and Keno drivers who demand a first-class sense of comfort will likely opt for the EX-L Navi trim level. Alongside state-of-the-art automotive technologies, they will find stylish leather seats. Providing luxurious relaxation during each and every journey with rich lateral support when you’re tackling twisty turns, these are a great fit for your coupe.
Malin and Keno drivers know how chilly the winter months can get in Oregon, and there’s nothing worse than slipping into a freezing cold car when you need to take yourself to work in the morning. Luckily, the CR-Z provides heated front seats, so you can remain toasty warm throughout the entire year.
Coupes aren’t generally known for offering a practical amount of cargo space, but the 2016 CR-Z manages to dispel that myth by offering an expandable cargo area that can accommodate up to an impressive 25.1 cubic feet. There’s also a handy rear cargo console behind the front seats for extra storage.
The CR-Z provides a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen as standard, so you’ll be able to cycle through all vehicle information and infotainment without having to screw up your eyes to see. Customizable feature settings let you select your own personalized layout for added convenience.
The days of arriving late for a meeting or losing your way while heading somewhere new will come to a close when your vehicle has a built-in satellite-linked navigation system. You’ll be provided with turn-by-turn directions, use voice-recognition technology to input new destinations, and use Honda HD Digital Traffic to stay ahead of accidents and gridlock.
The 2016 Honda CR-Z adopts a forward-thinking approach to smartphone integration by fitting a HondaLink Next Generation system in all trim levels. All you need is a compatible smartphone and you’ll be able to link it up to the vehicle’s 7-inch touchscreen. You’ll then be able to use select apps, take calls, or stream music as you drive.
One of the major downsides of driving at night is having someone else’s high-beams approaching from behind, reflecting in your rearview mirror, and hitting you right in the eyes. It’s both inconvenient and dangerous, so try equipping your CR-Z with a mirror that automatically adjusts its tint to stop that unwanted glare.
The cargo tray is a great accessory for people who will be frequently using their cargo compartment. Made of high-quality molded plastic, it protects the floor area from accidental spills, and can be cleaned easily using just mild soap and water. Yours will be matched to the interior contours of your CR-Z.
The optional spoiler represents an ideal way to bring an extra dash of styling to your CR-Z. Complementing the vehicle’s already-sporty nature and increasing its aerodynamic efficiency, the tailgate spoiler is color-matched to original specifications to ensure a custom-finished look, and it’s made to provide a fantastic fit and exceptional durability.
The 2016 CR-Z is stunning on its own, but the team over at Honda understands that there’s always room for extra innovation. That’s why they’ve provided the opportunity to create an extra dimension to the look and style of your vehicle by adding either an A-Pillar Trim or B-Pillar Trim to the window framing.
Driving in poor weather conditions can be particularly hazardous, with rain, snow, and fog able to significantly reduce visibility. If you expect to find yourself navigating such conditions, add the LED fog lights. They use precision optics within a special water-, impact-, and corrosion-resistant housing to provide a highly controlled light pattern that cuts through dense fog or heavy rain and snowfall.
Honda’s wheel locks boast a chrome-plated triple nickel finish and hardened-steel construction, providing them with both a brilliant shine and notable durability. They’re also theft-resistant since you’ll need a special tool to remove them. You and your Honda technician will have one — potential thieves will not.
* 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 36 city/39 highway/37 combined mpg rating for CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.