Did the affordable hybrid get better to drive?
Before the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1, there was the Honda CR-Z. The sporty hybrid was the only vehicle on the market that provided enthusiasts with an enjoyable ride and the ability to help the environment at the same time. Now, the facelifted CR-Z has just made its debut in Japan. The affordable, sporty hybrid gets a refreshed front fascia with a wing-line lip, a redesigned rear fascia and a more dynamic stance thanks to the rear wheels being pushed out. It may not be a supercar, but the hybrid definitely looks better.
The JDM-spec CR-Z features new LED headlights, but CR-Zs in the US won't be offered with those headlights to keep costs down. Changes to the hybrid haven't been confined to the outside. The hybrid also gets an electric parking brake, a touch-panel audio screen, along with a new sound system with an engine amplifier that produces fake engine noise. Unfortunately, Honda decided not to touch the CR-Z's anemic engine, so the 1.5-liter engine and electric motor still produce a lethargic 130 hp. The 2016 Honda CR-Z is expected to go on sale in the US shortly after its Japanese date in October.
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