2016 Honda CR-ZPremium 2dr Hatchback

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On the plus side, the CR-Z is packed with technology and standard equipment for a very competitive price.
- Canadian Driver

The Honda CR-Z is a sport hybrid coupe. The CR-Z is the spiritual successor to the old CR-X, a fun to drive small car, but now with modern hybrid technology.

The CR-Z is powered by Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, which is a combination of a 1.5-liter gas engine and a 23-hp electric motor, all attached to either a six-speed manual, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine and motor combined generate 130-hp and 140-lb.ft of torque. Available in two trims, LX and EX, both include six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, smart keyless entry, Bluetooth, a CD audio system with USB connections and 7-inch touch-screen display, alloy wheels and cruise control. The EX adds a high power 7-speaker audio system, HID headlights, fog lights, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated mirrors.

For 2016, the CR-Z has been refreshed.

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The Honda CR-Z is a small two-seat runabout with a hybrid gas-electric engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 37 mpg Combined when ordered with the optional CVT.

The CR-Z is nothing if not an ambitious car.It sets out to prove that small hybrids can be sporty, fun, and maybe even a little sexy.Where's the evidence? The CR-Z certainly looks like it's prepared for takeoff and offers an honest-to-goodness manual transmission, something you can't get on any other hybrid.The short wheelbase provides built-in agility, and the snug interior has room for just two people.Everyone knows two-seaters are a hoot, right?

We're not convinced, or even reluctantly persuaded, that the CR-Z has clinched its mission.Certainly it demonstrates that a hybrid doesn't have to be a one-note player that exists for efficiency's sake, but it breaks no ground when it comes to performance per gallon.

So what we have here is an aggressively styled hatchback with proven hybrid technology and a healthy shot of personality.It's not designed to win over the masses of course, although it could afford to move a little in that direction.The CR-Z is a companion for folks who take their individualism seriously.

Powering all models is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor that together produce 130 horsepower.A 6-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, making the CR-Z the only hybrid on the market that you can shift yourself.All models offer three driving modes: Normal, Econ, and Sport.

The CR-Z has been with us since 2010, but looks the part of a new car thanks to exterior freshening for the 2016 CR-Z lineup.Up front are revised air intakes and a more angular grille.The side trim and wheels are also new.Inside is a larger infotainment touchscreen, and blind spot monitoring is available for the first time.

With its unique layout and hybrid power, the CR-Z has few direct competitors.For buyers most interested in efficiency, the Toyota Prius C could be a compelling alternative.If handling is a chief concern, we recommend looking at the gas-powered Ford Fiesta ST.The charming MINI Cooper offers equally expressive styling.

Model Lineup

Honda CR-Z LX ($20,295) comes with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system.CR-Z EX ($22,140) adds LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system with visual display, along with a more powerful sound system and upgraded exterior lighting and interior trim.

The line-topping EX-L Navi ($24,440) adds heated leather seats, HD radio, and a full-feature navigation system.(All prices are MSRP before destination charge.)

The optional ($650) continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes with paddle shifters and increases efficiency a bit.

Exterior Features

Even without the badges, you could probably guess where the CR-Z comes from.The aggressive wedge shape and nearly vertical rear drop tell us this is a Honda with eco-sport aspirations.We've seen this design theme on the brand's past two-seaters, the Insight hybrid and CRX.The look is undeniably distinctive and aerodynamic, if not everyone's idea of beautiful.

The hood and doors are long for a car of this size, which makes the CR-Z seem more substantial than it really is.While most economical two-seaters have a toy-like appearance, the Honda looks a car for grown-ups, albeit ones just out of college.

Interior Features

You won't find a back seat in the CR-Z, but at least there's a handy parcel shelf with individual bins.With the various dividers folded down, you're looking at 25 cubic feet of flat load space.That's far less than you would get in a conventional hatchback (such as Honda's own Fit), and yet quite good when compared to other two-passenger cars.And you can haul a set of golf clubs if need be.

Cargo space would be better if not for the battery back located under the load floor.As it is, lift-over height is inconveniently high, and the narrow hatch opening doesn't help matters.

The seats offers plenty of support, but the limited range of adjustments could make it hard for taller drivers to get comfortable, or simply fit inside without bashing their knees.We expected greater seat travel since there's no backseat.

The CR-V retains Honda's old-spec two-tier dashboard, which has been phased out elsewhere in the lineup.Controls are bright and easy to read, and the new touchscreen looks and operates like it belongs in a more expensive car.

Perhaps the most original feature is the CR-Z's instrument panel lighting.Gauges are lit blue during typical operation, and automatically switch to green when driving becomes more efficient.It's a novel way to learn how to drive more efficiently.The gauges are continuously red when driving in Sport mode.

Driving Impressions

Compared to other entry-level hybrids, the CR-Z is downright quick, but that's not saying much: Zero to 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds with the manual transmission, or 9.2 with the second CVT, which is slow to lethargic by modern car standards.

The CR-Z is EPA rated at 36/39 mpg City/Highway, or 37 mpg Combined with the CVT; and 31/38 mpg City/Highway, or 34 mpg Combined with the manual.That might sound impressive until you consider that the leader in this segment, the larger Prius C, is EPA rated at a whopping 50 mpg Combined.The CR-Z does have an efficiency edge over gas-powered sporty compacts, just keep in mind that those cars are considerably faster.

We found the Normal driving mode to be accurately named.It delivers a balance of efficiency and performance that's appropriate for everyday driving.The Econ mode makes the CR-Z perilously slow.We don't recommend pressing that button outside a school zone.The opposite is true of the Sport mode.It adjusts the throttle, transmission, and steering for enhanced performance that's closer to what we expect from a spunky hatchback.While in Sport mode, you can hit the Sport Plus button on the steering wheel for a 5-second burst of juice from the battery pack, charge permitting.

The CR-Z's small footprint means it's easy to maneuver in bustling traffic and a cinch to park, even on city streets.Rear visibility is poor.The rearview camera helps when backing up.The Lane Watch system displays a view of the blind spot onto the rearview camera screen whenever the driver signals to change.

The CR-Z is fairly entertaining to drive on backroads, especially in Sport mode, but is not to be confused with a sporty hatch such as the Volkswagen GTI or a sports car like the Mazda Miata.This is, after all, an economy car with the styling of something much sportier.


The Honda CR-Z is stylish, fairly efficient and mildly interesting to drive.


ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers7
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Beverage coolerGlovebox
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimPiano black
Floor matsCarpet front
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/aluminum
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Front Head Room938 mm
Front Hip Room1,308 mm
Front Leg Room1,085 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,367 mm
Front track1,515 mm
Overall height1,395 mm
Overall Length4,103 mm
Overall Width1,740 mm
Rear track1,500 mm
Wheelbase2,435 mm
Rear door typeLiftgate
Driver Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio4.29
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.40 : 1
Displacement91 cm^3
Electric Motor23 hp
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Electric Motor HP @ RPM1,546 RPM
Electric Motor Torque78 lb.-ft.
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power130 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine130 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine Torque127 lb.-ft.
Hybrid gas Engine Torque@RPM1,000 RPM
Hybrid Gas Engine@RPM6,000 RPM
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,800 RPM
Size1.5 L
Torque145 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearSOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsSULEV II
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City7.0 L/100 km
Combined6.8L/100 km
Highway6.4 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA2
Trans Type - VACVT
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
ClockIn-radio display
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
High Intensity HeadlightsHigh intensity discharge
Self-leveling headlightsSelf-leveling
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront and rear
Navigation systemWith voice activation
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Speed RatingW
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width205 mm
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months36 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place711 L
Curb weight1,255 kg
EPA interior volume1,390 L
Fuel Capacity40 L
Gross vehicle weight1,480 kg
Max cargo capacity711 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
High intensity discharge headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Honda CR-Z Premium 2dr Hatchback, Peterborough, Ontario

Trent Valley Honda, 851 Highway 7, Peterborough, Ontario K9J-6X7

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Trent Valley Honda Showroom

Trent Valley Honda

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Peterborough, Ontario
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