Usually, people don’t think of “Honda” and “Ferrari” as being in the same class of automobiles. Certainly, Honda isn’t in the business of building super expensive exotics; although Honda’s phenomenal Indy Car and Formula race cars consistently take home the checkered flag. But take one look at the phenomenal 2016 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers and you might just change your mind.
The fact is, Honda’s been in the racing game for quite some time. Honda Performance Development (HPD), the automaker’s North American motorsports and racing division have a long history of success on the track. These engineering innovations find their way to track-bred Hondas you can buy and drive today.
Impressive Performance & Fuel Economy
Case in point is the 2016 CR-Z. Looking all the part of a high-end sports car, the CR-Z Sport Hybrid already has some impressive “off-the-shelf” credentials. Right out of the box, the stunningly sleek CR-Z comes equipped with an advanced 1.5-liter, 16-valve i-VTEC® 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 15-kw, 20-horsepower “Integrated Motor Assist” (IMA) electric motor. This hybrid/electric powerplant delivers 130 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque combined.
Thanks to the CR-Z’s unique “Plus Sport System,” you can take advantage of the IMA’s additional electric torque at launch by hitting the “S+” button on the steering wheel. It gives you an extra jolt of acceleration when you need it. Additionally, the CR-Z has three distinct driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Eco. These three modes allow you to personalize your CR-Z’s driving experience to suit your particular needs of the moment.
As the only hybrid currently on the market with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, the 2016 Honda CR-Z begs to be taken out for a long drive up to the mountains or a jaunt to the seashore. The CR-Z’s smooth-shifting and fuel-efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with race-inspired paddle shifters also amp up the fun without a clutch to worry about.
Speaking of clutches, you’ll notice the large racing-style aluminum pedals that tantalizingly hint at the fun in store when you mash the gas pedal. And large 11.1-inch brake discs ensure sure-footed stops. The CR-Z’s race-tuned suspension offers nimble handling with an electric power steering setup giving you control of every bend in the road.
As you would expect, because the CR-Z is a hybrid, it gets fantastic gas mileage. How about an EPA-estimated 39 mpg highway/36 mpg city* when equipped with the CVT? Pretty impressive numbers if you ask us.
But, hold on. We’re just getting to the good part.
Back in 2014, HPD got ahold of the CR-Z and transformed it from a delightful, sexy and fun-to-drive two-seater hatchback into supercharged, lightning-fast rocket with a unique aftermarket, dealer-installed supercharger kit.
Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, stated that “The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn’t have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun. With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts.”
The supercharger kit boosts the total powertrain output to a whopping 197 horsepower using an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, and a unique HPD-sourced sports exhaust to get the job done. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, reduced ride height coil springs, 300 mm disc brakes, and bespoke 18-inch sport alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
So your buddies will understand that this “ain’t your usual CR-Z,” the package also includes a special graphics, front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser, and HPD badge.
The Soul Of A Sports Car
Channeling the soul of a high-end sports car and Honda’s trend-setting CRX hatchback of yore, the 2016 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid really looks the part. The CR-Z’s low-slung, wedge-shaped silhouette carves through the air and looks fantastic doing it. Brilliant available HID headlights illuminate the night, and stylish LED brake lights grab the spotlight at every stoplight.
Striking Sports Interior
Equally striking is the CR-Z’s uniquely styled sports interior. Honda’s industry leading quality is evident throughout the CR-Z’s ergonomically designed cabin. From the futuristic instrumentation to the placement of switchgear, Honda got the details right. With all of the focus on the CR-Z’s performance, you may have forgotten that this is a hatchback. So there’s plenty of room for your gear with up to 25.1 cubic feet of storage space.
Standard features include steering wheel-mounted controls, keyless ignition with push-button start/stop, automatic climate control, larger center console, rear backup camera, 160-watt audio system, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a USB audio interface, and an electronic parking brake. Also standard is Honda’s 7-inch display audio touchscreen that puts control of a variety of infotainment functions at your fingertips.
You can enhance your CR-Z’s ride with available heated and firmly bolstered leather seats. You can also upgrade your technology experience with available HD Radio®, navigation, a premium 360-watt audio system, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, voice recognition, and more. HondaLink Next Generation® combines smartphone-like functionality by letting you sync your compatible smartphone, letting you tap into numerous apps and features.
The New Standard Of Safety
The CR-Z’s list of features is truly impressive. But what’s also impressive is Honda’s unwavering commitment to safety. That’s why the CR-Z is equipped with some of Honda’s most advanced safety technology, including Honda LaneWatch™, which displays a field of view 4 times the size of a regular right-hand passenger side mirror on the display screen when you activate your right turn signal. Hill Start Assist gives you time to put your CR-Z in gear without it rolling downhill. A tire pressure monitoring system keeps your tires at approved inflation levels. Vehicle Stability Assist™ helps to combat oversteer or understeer. And Daytime Running Lights make sure other drivers see you more clearly.
But that’s not all. Honda’s exclusive ACE™ body structure absorbs the energy of a front impact, while multiple dual-stage airbags surround you in safety. Other advanced active safety features that come with Honda’s exclusive, available Honda Sensing™ safety suite include lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking. A multi-angle review camera gives you a total perspective of your vehicle when backing up.
Well, there you have it. The new 2016 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid from your Valley Honda Dealers may not be an expensive exotic supercar. But it still offers a thrilling, seat-of-your-pants driving experience that will put miles of smiles on your face…without having to mortgage the house.
Get Supercharged Savings At Your Valley Honda Dealers
We invite you to stop by any of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix and take the stunning, sensational, and supercharged new 2016 CR-Z Sport Hybrid for an exhilarating test drive. We’re confident that you’ll be wanting to experience the thrill of driving the CR-Z again and again.
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*Used for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.