Honda CR-Z

#10 in Subcompact Cars Overall Score: 7.6 / 10
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2016 Honda CR-Z Overview

The 2016 Honda CR-Z ranks 10 out of 16 Subcompact Cars.

Reviewers praise the 2016 Honda CR-Z for its nimble handling, but its rear visibility is limited and it gets disappointing fuel economy for a hybrid.

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Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • User-friendly tech controls
  • Subpar fuel efficiency for a hybrid
  • Limited rear visibility

Notable for 2016

  • Updated interior and exterior styling
  • EX-L Navi trim added to lineup
  • New tech features

Honda CR-Z Rankings and Research

The 2016 Honda CR-Z ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda CR-Z has a score of 7.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 7.6
Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: 4_0


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2016 Honda CR-Z Review

By Cody Trotter April 18, 2016

Reviewers praise the 2016 Honda CR-Z for its nimble handling, but its rear visibility is limited and it gets disappointing fuel economy for a hybrid.

Performance Summary

The 2016 Honda CR-Z has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce solid acceleration off the line and adequate acceleration at higher speeds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and an automatic transmission (CVT) is available.

The CR-Z gets an EPA-estimated 31/38 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 36/39 mpg with the available CVT. Those ratings are good for a small car but below average for a hybrid.

Though it's no sports car, the CR-Z has fairly agile handling and sharp steering.

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Interior Summary

The CR-Z's cabin is modern and stylish, though its materials aren't particularly premium. The seats should provide enough room for most adults, but taller individuals may want more legroom. The CR-Z has sufficient cargo space for luggage and other items. The audio and climate controls are clearly labeled and simple to use.

Standard features in the 2016 CR-Z include automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch screen.

Available features include HD Radio, a seven-speaker audio system, blind spot monitoring, and navigation with voice recognition.

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  • "The 2016 Honda CR-Z doesn't drive as sporty as it looks, and its two-seat interior limits practicality. It's a fun city car, but there are better choices for a sport compact." -- Edmunds
  • "The Honda CR-Z is a gas-electric coupe that seeks to provide both engaging driving dynamics and hybrid fuel efficiency. It isn't entirely successful on either front, and its two-seater configuration limits practicality, but for those seeking an inexpensive, mildly sporty hybrid, it's the only choice on the market." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Because the CR-Z doesn't look or perform like a boring economy car, you can satisfy your need to be green without sacrificing your love of driving." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "[The] CR-Z gets great fuel economy while being solidly built, pretty fun to drive, and not outrageously priced. Its 2-passenger seating, small cargo area, and restricted visibility will limit its appeal. However, if you want to lower your fuel consumption and have a good time doing it, you'd do well to check out this Recommended sporty hatchback." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Toyota Prius c has excellent fuel economy, even for a hybrid vehicle. The Prius c offers good maneuverability in tight spaces. The front seats are comfortable and the rear seats offer enough head- and legroom for adults.

The Ford Fiesta delivers a smooth ride and gets good power from its available turbocharged engine. Its agile handling makes it fun to drive. The Fiesta's handsome interior features spacious front seats and an intuitive infotainment system.

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Details: 2016 Honda CR-Z

The 2016 Honda CR-Z seats two and features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available. The CR-Z comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi.

The CR-Z receives a refresh for the 2016 model year, but it hasn't been redesigned since its introduction in 2011. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2016 model years.

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