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2016 Honda CR-Z Review

The 2016 Honda CR-Z sits toward the bottom of the subcompact car class because its interior feels cramped and its powertrain lacks horsepower.

Pros & Cons

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

New for 2016

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

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Honda CR-Z's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda CR-Z has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.9
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2016 Honda CR-Z Overview

Is the 2016 Honda CR-Z a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Honda CR-Z is a two-seater that aspires to be a sporty hybrid. Aside from its nimble handling, however, this subcompact car is not particularly athletic. It also isn’t especially fuel-efficient.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 51 Honda CR-Z reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 CR-Z. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.  

How Much Is the 2016 Honda CR-Z?

Based on the 20-plus listings on our site for the 2016 Honda CR-Z, you can expect to pay between $13,200 and $19,900. The average list price is $16,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda CR-Z Cost to Own?

There’s more to owning a car than its list price. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Honda CR-Z are $21,334, which is less than the subcompact sedan segment’s average of $21,960. The 2016 Honda Fit will cost you an estimated $19,568 over five years, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark will cost $19,068, and the 2016 Kia Rio will cost $20,834.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CR-Z?

You can’t buy a new Honda CR-Z. It was discontinued after the 2016 model year.

If you’d like to buy a new car for the price of a used CR-Z, there are several options. The 2018 Honda Fit (MSRP: $16,190) won our 2018 Best Subcompact for the Money award. It has an upscale, spacious interior and a versatile, roomy cargo area. Its estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is close to the two-seat CR-Z’s EPA rating of 31/37 mpg city/highway. Also, the Fit’s total cargo capacity is twice as large as the CR-Z’s. There is no practical reason to purchase a used CR-Z when you can buy a new Fit.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda CR-Z?

The 2016 CR-Z has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry but slightly lower than the reliability rating of other top-ranked subcompact cars, including the Kia Rio, Toyota Prius c, and Fiat 500.

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2016 Honda CR-Z Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls on the 2016 CR-Z.

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Which Model Year of the Honda CR-Z Is Best?

The 2016 Honda CR-Z marks the final year of the hybrid coupe’s only generation, which began with the 2011 model. You can save considerable money by purchasing an older model. CR-Zs from 2013 to 2015 score decently (8 to 8.1) and have standard features like Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Still, the 2016 model adds a number of nice standard features, like a 7-inch touch screen that controls the audio system, display settings, and Pandora. If you’re a fan of technology, stick with the 2016. Otherwise, save a couple thousand dollars and get the 2014 or 2015 model.

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Which Used Honda CR-Z Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Honda CR-Z comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi. The LX has automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a 7-inch touch screen. The EX includes features like a seven-speaker audio system, automatic high-intensity discharge headlights, and Honda LaneWatch, which shows what’s in the right lane when you turn on the right turn signal. The EX-L Navi trim adds leather, heated seats, navigation with voice recognition, and HD Radio, among other features. With its upgraded technology, the EX trim is the best value.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the CR-Z?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2016 Honda CR-Z as Good, its top score, in four crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the hybrid four out of five stars in the frontal crash test, three stars in the side crash test, and five stars in the rollover crash test.

The CR-Z comes standard with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring (Honda LaneWatch) is available.

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2016 Honda CR-Z Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda CR-Z or 2016 Toyota Prius c?

The 2016 Toyota Prius c has fuel economy numbers that the CR-Z can’t come close to matching. The Prius c also provides good maneuverability in tight spaces. Its front seats are comfortable, and the rear seat offers enough head- and legroom for adults. The Prius c’s better fuel economy and inclusion of a rear seat make it the more logical choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda CR-Z or 2016 Ford Fiesta?

The 2016 Ford Fiesta delivers a smooth ride and gets good power from its available turbocharged engine. That engine also delivers excellent highway fuel economy that bests the CR-Z's, even though the Fiesta is not a hybrid. The Fiesta’s agile handling makes it fun to drive. However, it has the lowest possible reliability rating of two out of five. That awful score makes it hard to recommend the Fiesta over the CR-Z.

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2016 CR-Z Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda CR-Z Drive?

The 2016 Honda CR-Z features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 130 horsepower. The Honda CR-Z's engine delivers lively acceleration from a dead stop. Above 20 mph, acceleration is adequate but not particularly sporty.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. The CR-Z is one of the only hybrids on the market available with a manual transmission. The manual shifts precisely and is fun to use, but the optional CVT increases fuel efficiency.

Does the 2016 Honda CR-Z Get Good Gas Mileage?

The CR-Z gets an EPA-estimated 31/37 mpg city/highway with the standard manual transmission and 35/38 mpg with the available CVT. The CR-Z's fuel economy is slightly above average for a subcompact car, but it is worse than the fuel economy of many other small hybrids.

2016 Honda CR-Z Towing Capacity

The CR-Z is not designed to tow a trailer, according to Honda.

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2016 CR-Z Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 CR-Z Seat?

The 2016 CR-Z seats two and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated seats are available. The seats offer adequate room for most adults, though some taller riders may find legroom lacking. The CR-Z is the only hatchback without rear seats in its class, which makes it less practical than rivals.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda CR-Z?

The CR-Z does not have a back seat, and child seats should not be placed in front seats.

2016 Honda CR-Z Features

Standard features in the 2016 Honda CR-Z include automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, smartphone app integration, and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include HD Radio, a seven-speaker audio system, and navigation with voice recognition.

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2016 Honda CR-Z Dimensions

Honda CR-Z Cargo Space

The 2016 CR-Z has 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than adequate for some sporting gear or luggage for a weekend trip. There are covered storage bins behind the seats for added convenience.

2016 CR-Z Length and Weight

The CR-Z has a gross vehicle weight rating of 3,164 pounds and a curb weight of 2,648 pounds. It is 13.4 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Honda CR-Z Built?

The 2016 Honda CR-Z was built in Japan.


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