Used 2016 Honda CR-Z

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • sporty looks.
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • excessive road noise
  • most rivals offer backseats.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

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.

Vehicle overview

Let's face it: You don't shop for a hybrid looking for high performance. Great fuel economy and exhilarating performance just don't go together unless you're dropping close to a million dollars on a Porsche 918 Spyder. But Honda at least makes an attempt with its 2016 CR-Z. This small, sporty hybrid coupe is lightweight, steers quickly and parks easily. A sleek exterior and adventurous dashboard design make it one of the more attractive designs among its more futuristic or merely pragmatic competitors.

Despite its compact, athletic footprint, though, the CR-Z is still something of a letdown. Its EPA rating of up to 37 mpg combined is impressive relative to gas-only models, but falls short of other hybrids that routinely achieve 40 mpg and more. The CR-Z's lack of a backseat also limits its usefulness. And while it handles well enough, this compact hybrid doesn't offer the engaging driving experience of a true sport coupe or hatchback, a shortcoming that becomes clear when you drive it back to back with its gas-only rivals.

In short, this hybrid Honda doesn't quite deliver on its core mission of being a frugal hybrid with a side measure of mid-speed thrills. If you're not committed to the CR-Z's style or the Honda badge, there are better alternatives in this price range. The hybrid Toyota Prius C, for example, is painfully slow, but offers a stellar 50 mpg combined fuel economy and four-door hatchback utility. The gas-powered Ford Fiesta ST is quick, handles superbly and delivers a respectable 29 mpg combined. And if your budget can travel farther upmarket, there's the Mini Cooper, which sublimely blends performance, strong fuel economy and personality.

Honda CR-Z models

The two-seat 2016 Honda CR-Z hatchback comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX-L Navi.

Standard LX equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, full power accessories, a rearview camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a retractable cargo cover.

Personal technology includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Pandora-enabled radio, a 7-inch touchscreen display, text messaging capability (with compatible smartphones) and a six-speaker CD sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB audio interface.

Stepping up to the EX adds automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED foglights, heated mirrors, metallic interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded seven-speaker audio system and Honda's Lane Watch blind-spot monitoring system.

The EX-L Navi includes all of the above and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, HD radio and, predictably, a satellite-linked navigation system.

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2016 Highlights

For 2016, the Honda CR-Z gets an updated look front and rear, and more standard features and options, including a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment display and a blind-spot warning system.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive 2016 Honda CR-Z is powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid system that mates a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

The torque number drops to 127 lb-ft with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), which also comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

A three-mode selector allows the driver to choose from Normal, Econ or Sport driving modes. Each adjusts parameters for gas pedal sensitivity, steering effort, transmission programming (CVT), additional electric motor assist (manual transmission) and air-conditioning usage.

The Plus Sport System is a nifty integrated feature that can dispense maximum power from the battery pack for 5 seconds, delivering a temporary jolt of acceleration at the press of a button on the steering wheel. This feature can be used in any of the drive modes, provided the battery is more than 50 percent charged and the CR-Z is traveling more than 19 mph.

In Edmunds testing, a manual-equipped CR-Z went from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, while a CVT-equipped model made the sprint in 9.2 seconds. Both times are quick relative to other hybrids in this price range but slow compared to competing sport compacts.

Fuel economy is a different story. With EPA fuel economy estimates of 34 mpg combined (31 city/38 highway) with the manual transmission and 37 mpg combined (36 city/39 highway) with the CVT, the CR-Z excels by sport-compact standards but comes up short relative to similarly priced hybrids.

Safety

The 2016 Honda CR-Z comes with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints. A rearview camera is standard. Honda's Lane Watch blind-spot warning system comes standard on EX and EX-L Navi models.

In Edmunds brake testing, the CR-Z came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is good for a hybrid but subpar for a sport compact.

In government crash tests, the Honda CR-Z earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), including four stars for frontal-impact protection but just three stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CR-Z its highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Driving

Tidy dimensions and quick steering make the 2016 Honda CR-Z fairly nimble on city streets. But push harder around tight turns and the little Honda offers less balance and grip than you'd expect given its sporty style and two-seat cockpit. If you really care about small car handling, a more athletic rival like the Fiesta ST is a better fit. Furthermore, the CR-Z suffers from elevated road noise, making it a less than ideal companion for long interstate slogs.

With 130 hp on tap, the Honda CR-Z has enough pep to warrant the occasional detour from your planned commute, but not much more. Powertrain performance depends largely on which of the three drive modes you select. Punch the Sport button and the car gets up and goes, while the mpg-maximizing Econ mode yields noticeably slower acceleration. Most drivers will find the Normal mode just about right. Both transmissions work well; the six-speed manual offers easy action and a nice mechanical feel, while the CVT feels moderately sporty by virtue of its steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Interior

Although Honda CR-Zs sold in other countries have a small backseat, the American version has a flip-down rear parcel shelf instead. The idea is to associate the car with the beloved two-seat CRX, but the lack of rear seating limits the CR-Z's practicality. Up front, seat comfort is adequate, but longer-legged drivers may wish for additional seat-track travel.

The CR-Z's rear cargo divider can be lowered easily to create a flat load floor and hide any items in the parcel shelf's bins. A multiposition cargo shade is also part of the deal. Maximum cargo capacity is 25.1 cubic feet, and two golf bags should fit with the divider lowered.

Other than the two-seat layout, the interior's most notable feature is its distinctive dash design, which is built around a large digital speedometer surrounded by an equally prominent analog tachometer. Adding a wow factor are background lights that change color to indicate driving style efficiency. A configurable display allows you to call up other useful information, including instant and average fuel economy readings.

Bear in mind that the 2016 Honda CR-Z is basically a sporty economy car, not a premium coupe, so the interior materials are fairly plain. In addition, rear visibility is problematic through the dual-panel rear glass and the bodywork that surrounds it.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Honda CR-Z.

Average user rating: 4.9 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 87%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Great fun, great value!
CL in Calif,
LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
My wife & I wanted a two-seater with some cargo space that's fun to drive and doesn't cost too much. This Honda CRZ hybrid is exactly what we were looking for. We test drove several roadsters and none came close in terms of purchase price and fuel economy. With its 3 driving modes, we have it all from 36 mpg average (1/3 city & 2/3 hwy) to thrilling performance. In the sport mode, this is a little rocket ship and handles as well as other roadsters we tested. For around $21,000 (new), it's a great value--nice & comfortable interior, attractive gauges and decor, good entertainment system w/ bluetooth, plenty of cargo room, great handling. Road and engine noise are a bit loud, but that's a part of being a roadster. Other cars we own are Ford Explorer, Mercedes R350 & a Prius, so this fits in very nicely with our collection. We would have liked this to be a convertible. But, all things considered, that's a small sacrifice. This rocket ship is just plain fun to drive, without bleeding my pocket book. MPG would be better if we drove more in ECO mode, but that defeats the point of having a roadster! It is now Feb 2017 and after 6 months, I still feel the same way about what my original review in July 2016.
5/5 stars, The only sport hybrid in the world
chris pantaleon,
EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M)
The CRZ is the only hybrid that comes with a manual 6-speed transmission. It has gears!!! Compared to other hybrids that have CVTs that kill hp, torque and driving fun.
5/5 stars, Fun and exciting car
Fred Stoddard,
EX-L w/Navigation 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I’m 76 years old and this is the most fun car I’ve owned in 50 years!! For a small engine it has surprising acceleration, it handles like a sports car and has excellent fuel economy. It’s predecessor was a Honda Element and the fuel efficiency on theCR-Z is 12-15 mpg better in the winter. Can’t wait to see how much better it will get in the summer months. I put snow tires on the front only and get excellent traction, handling and braking on snow covered roads. This car has met all of my expectations.
5/5 stars, Honda CRZ Navi
Warren Bernau,
EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Other than average acceleration, a quality Honda product.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$20,945
MPG & Fuel
36 City / 39 Hwy / 37 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.6 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 1000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 161.5 in. / Height: 54.9 in. / Width: 68.5 in.
Curb Weight: 2700 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 25.1 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall3 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall3 / 5
Driver3 / 5
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat3 / 5
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


FAQ

Is the Honda CR-Z a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 CR-Z both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Honda CR-Z fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CR-Z gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg to 37 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the CR-Z has 25.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda CR-Z. Learn more

Is the Honda CR-Z reliable?

To determine whether the Honda CR-Z is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CR-Z. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CR-Z's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 Honda CR-Z a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 Honda CR-Z is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 CR-Z is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 Honda CR-Z?

The least-expensive 2016 Honda CR-Z is the 2016 Honda CR-Z LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,295.

Other versions include:

  • LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $20,945
  • EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $22,790
  • EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M) which starts at $22,140
  • EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $25,090
  • LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M) which starts at $20,295
  • EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M) which starts at $24,440
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What are the different models of Honda CR-Z?

If you're interested in the Honda CR-Z, the next question is, which CR-Z model is right for you? CR-Z variants include LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M), and EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of CR-Z models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2016 Honda CR-Z

Used 2016 Honda CR-Z Overview

The Used 2016 Honda CR-Z is offered in the following submodels: CR-Z Hatchback. Available styles include LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M), EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M), and EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6M).

What do people think of the 2016 Honda CR-Z?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2016 Honda CR-Z and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2016 CR-Z 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2016 CR-Z.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New Used 2016 Honda CR-Z?

Used 2016 Honda CR-Z LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The Used 2016 Honda CR-Z LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,780. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Honda CR-Z LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $8,127 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,127 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,653.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Honda CR-Z LX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 37.3% below the MSRP.

Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,625. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $9,778 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,778 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $13,847.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 41.4% below the MSRP.

Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,925. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $9,540 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,540 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,385.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Honda CR-Z EX-L 2dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 36.8% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2016 Honda CR-Z?

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