2016 Honda CR-Z Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Honda CR-Z was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2016 Honda CR-Z impresses critics with its modern styling, though they note that material quality is just average. The seats offer decent comfort and room for most adults, though rearward visibility is somewhat limited, and taller people may be short on legroom. The audio and climate controls are user-friendly.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin design almost looks as if it's pulled from a spaceship, with an ultramodern instrument panel highlighted by a prominent digital speedometer encircled by an analog tachometer." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Where all hybrid cars have additional gauges and playful readouts to make them appear more futuristic, the 2015 Honda CR-Z hybrid's cockpit looks like something from a pseudo-sci-fi film." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The interior is an interesting blend of shapes and textures. The overall ambiance is sporty and modern, with the chrome-finish door handles lending a bit of class." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2016 CR-Z seats two and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated seats are available.

The front seats offer adequate room for most adults, though some taller riders may find legroom lacking. The roofline and split back window impair rear visibility. The CR-Z is the only hatchback without rear seats in its class, which makes it less practical than rivals.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear visibility is considerably impaired from the bipartite rear window and sloping roofline. …" -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Most adults will have sufficient headroom and legroom. Be careful when raising the seat bottoms, as your head can brush the headliner in fairly short order." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior 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, 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.

The striking dash design is anchored by the large speedometer and tachometer. Background lights help indicate driving efficiency, and a multifunction display in the gauges provides other useful data. The audio and climate controls are easy to use.

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  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "… in typical Honda style all of the CR-Z's controls are logically placed and easy to operate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "We like CR-Z's '3D' gauges, as well as the green-blue-red fuel-economy reminder 'halo' around the speedometer. The climate controls are convenient and simple." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


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

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "… there's at least plenty of space for stowing cargo - 25.1 cubes to be exact, which isn't much less than some compact crossover models." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The front-drive CR-Z is a 2-door hatchback with room for just two people but with a pretty big cargo hold." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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