2016 Honda CR-Z Gets a Facelift, Probably Still Won’t Sell


Honda has given its low-volume CR-Z “sport hybrid” hatchback a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year in the Japanese market. 

The upgrades are mostly cosmetic, with the front-wheel-drive hatchback getting a more sculpted front and back-end. The front grille loses its smiley-face look and goes for a more angular octagonal shape and the fog lights have also been made bigger. The wheel arches at all four corners have also been pushed out, giving the CR-Z a more aggressive stance. New wheels, bigger brakes, a few suspension tweaks, and a a few new colours are also on offer.

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Unfortunately, the powertrain doesn’t get any of the upgrades that CR-Z fans have been asking for. It will continue to be powered by the same 1.5L gas engine and an electric motor to give a combined 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque with the six-speed manual transmission and 127 lb-ft with the CVT.

The 2016 CR-Z coming to America will likely get most of the same cosmetic tweaks as the JDM model, with the exception of the new LED headlights, which will be cut to help keep costs low.

The 2016 Honda CR-Z will go on sale in Japan on October 19 and be available in the U.S. shortly after. Honda sold only 3,562 CR-Z units last year.

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  • Cody Beisel

    You need to add another 30-40hp Honda before anyone will take this thing serious.

  • Billy Cypher

    Yeah, really disappointed that they didn’t offer an engine option/upgrade of some kind.

    If the original CRX had only been offered in the HF trim level, no one would have bought those either.

  • Shiratori1

    Not going to happen until the next one comes out. It supposedly is going to be based on the next Civic as opposed to the Fit.

  • Kinetis

    Can I order uncomfortable back seats as an option?

  • Cody Beisel

    I’m well aware they won’t. The next ones specs have already surfaced it’s getting a 1.5 turbo hybrid capable of 248 hp and 279 fpt. They already have the test mule in Japan and the engine was leaked to a honda insider. There is the hpd kit available for this car to make it 197hp and 184 fpt but at the price of a loaded gti and close to a base sti I wouldn’t recommend it.. I did get to drive one with the kit installed at our local honda before I bought my si the little car is a total riot to drive and the next one might be in my driveway if the specs leaked are real

  • Cody Beisel

    I should also note the test mule was a 2+2. So who knows if it will even get the same nameplate of crz and be released a different model, maybe it won’t be named a honda on our shores but an acura, a successor to the rsx and integra perhaps. The kind of money one would have to invest to have a turbo hybrid might scare away honda loyalists and be better off sold as a posh coupe to bring some magic back to the acura line up

  • Cody Beisel

    They have the hpd kit but at the price their asking your better off running to mini and buying a jcw if you want a fast powerful little car

  • smartacus

    or just get a Fiesta or Focus with the 1.0 Ecoboost

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Fiesta ST!

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Add a small turbo or stronger electric motors, make it at least RWD or AWD since it has the electric motors anyways, keep the price reasonable, and throw in a couple of rear hidden suicide doors … Does this thing have rear seats …?

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Or alternatively, scrap it altogether and import the S660.

  • smartacus

    and they sell a MONOTUNE kit that pushes the ST up to 215HP