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2016 Honda CR-Z Refreshed, Adds Heated Leather Seats

Sporty hybrid continues for another model year.

Following an update in Japan, Honda's slow-selling CR-Z hybrid hatchback receives a handful of changes in the U.S. market. With updated styling and a new EX-L with Navigation trim level, the changes keep the 2016 Honda CR-Z fresh even as it continues to be one of Honda's slowest-selling vehicles.

Changes to the 2016 Honda CR-Z, as on the Japanese version, begin with a reshaped nose feature a new grille, a new front diffuser, and new side skirts, while the car's interior scores new brushed-metallic trim pieces for the door handles, dashboard, and center console. The restyled center console now has a larger storage compartment, thanks to a switch to an electric parking brake that frees up space. Out back, look for a reshaped bumper and a new roof spoiler.

New standard equipment on all 2016 Honda CR-Z models includes push-button start and Honda's 7-inch DisplayAudio touchscreen infotainment system. The EX and higher trim levels add Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, while the new EX-L with Navigation trim packs heated leather seats and navigation. It replaces last year's EX with Navigation trim.

There are no changes to the hybrid powertrain underhood. A 1.5-liter gasoline engine and 15-kW electric motor work together to produce 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The system returns 31/38 mpg (city/highway) with the six-speed manual transmission and 36/39 mpg with the continuously variable transmission.

Pricing for the 2016 Honda CR-Z rises slightly in response to these revisions. The base model now starts at $21,130 (with destination) with manual transmission, or $21,780 with a CVT, increases of $165. The CR-Z EX is $22,975 with a manual and $23,625, and the CR-Z EX-L tops out at $25,275 or $25,925, depending on transmission.