Honda Discontinues the Sporty CR-Z Hybrid
Boulder and Denver drivers should take advantage of the 2016 Honda CR-Z while it’s still around: Honda has announced plans to discontinue the model altogether. The CR-Z really did change everything by delivering hybrid power within a sporty vehicle that feels thoroughly enjoyable to drive, but Honda has reminded us that all good things must come to an end.
The CR-Z Story
The CR-Z will go down as the first hybrid that really managed to engage drivers. It was the successor to the first-generation Insight hybrid, but offered sharper styling and sportier driving dynamics. After debuting in 2010, it revolutionized the hybrid market and never really had a competitor worthy of the name.
Over time, the ability of compacts like the Honda Fit to deliver a comparable blend of power and efficiency made it less relevant, but drivers still yearn for its bold, sporty appearance. We’ll be sad to see it go.
The 2016 CR-Z
The 2016 Honda CR-Z offers Boulder and Denver drivers a winning selection of standard and available technologies, including a Honda satellite-linked navigation system with Honda HD Digital Traffic, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a premium 360-watt 7-speaker sound system. There’s also a generous 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
Of course, the central draw has always been the combination of sporty drive and hybrid efficiency. A 1.5L i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine is paired with an advanced lithium-ion battery to provide up to 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque — more than enough to make the lightweight CR-Z handle beautifully. If you need an extra burst of speed to overtake a slower vehicle, or simply for a little fun, just hit the Sport+ button.
That power is refined by either a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission — the only one available with a hybrid — or a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). You can expect up to 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway* with the 6-speed manual or an even more impressive 36 mpg city and 39 mpg highway* with a CVT. You can even cycle between Normal, Sport, and ECON drive modes according to your current ride requirements.
Pick Up Your 2016 CR-Z Before They’re All Gone
There’s only a limited amount of time before the chance to own a brand-new CR-Z is gone forever, so come to Fisher Honda in Boulder, CO soon to avoid missing out.
* 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 36 city/39 highway/37 combined mpg rating for CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.