Honda’s 2016 CR-Z Hybrid hits the road this week. Despite being one of Honda’s slowest sellers, the automaker is standing by its hatchback and hopes some updates puts this 2-seater back on the fast track.
In the looks department, the CR-Z gets new, more aggressive styling with a reshaped nose and new grill that matches the Japanese version. It also comes in a new line-topping EX-L trim with standard navigation (CVT). New available safety and tech features include 7-inch Display Audio, Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop, Electric Parking Brake and Honda LaneWatch.
The hybrid powertrain, located beneath the rear cargo area, uses a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single-overhead cam engine with “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control that receives additional power from the Integrated Motor Assist system’s DC brushless electric motor. Powered by a 144-volt Lithium-Ion battery pack, the 15 kW electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack. Combined peak output is 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 140 pound-feet of torque (127 lb.-ft. on CVT-equipped models), including electric-motor assist.
Suspension wise, the front MacPherson strut and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension systems, along with electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering are tuned to provide a sporty driving experience. All CR-Z models have 16-inch aluminum wheels and 195/55R16 tires.
Honda cites EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 36/39/37 mpg city/highway/combined (CVT).
Prices start at $20,295 for the CR-Z LX with 6-speed manual transmission and head upwards to $25,090 for the new EX-L with standard navigation (CVT).
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