The Honda CR-Z has thus far been a massive failure for the automaker. Honda thought it could tug on the heartstrings of the CRX lovers by making the CR-Z slightly resemble the old Honda, but totally forgot that those buyers are also looking for something that performs well. The latter is something the CR-Z does not do well. Today, Honda has officially unveiled the 2016 CR-Z, but you can forget about an ounce of change to the powertrain.
What the CR-Z does have is an updated design that adds a tad more sportiness to the body. The visual changes are mild, but they are certainly noticeable. Up front, the CR-Z gains a new nose, new air inlets, and a new bumper. Around back, the taillight graphics get an upgrade, while the bumper gains a new silver strikethrough. Also new on the rear is a more exaggerated center section between the taillights.
On the inside, the 2016 CR-Z gains a few new bits as well. In here, Honda installed upgraded materials, a new brushed-metallic finish on the door handles, front paneling and center console, a new center armrest, and a standard electric parking brake.
New technology is also plentiful in the 2016 CR-Z. Honda added a new standard 7-inch Display Audio, standard smart entry and push-button start, Honda LaneWatch, and a new satellite-linked GPS.
The final change for the new model year is the introduction of a luxed-up EX-L trim level. This new range-topping trim features standard leather seats, heated front seats, navigation, and more.
Powering the 2016 CR-Z is the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder and 15 kW electric motor that team up to deliver 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque with the standard manual transmission. With the optional CVT, the torque drops to 127 pound-feet.
The precise release date of the 2016 CR-Z is not yet available, but we do have its pricing details. The base LX trim will start from $20,295, the EX will base from $22,140, and the range-topping EX-L will start at $24,440. The optional CVT adds $650 across the board.