Honda has quietly announced the discontinuation of the CR-Z hybrid sports coupe.
The car will be discontinued by the end of 2016, though Honda says that it is filling in the gap left behind with new electrified models including the 2017 Accord Hybrid and the new Clarity.
The small coupe never quite lived up to performance expectations and sales suffered because of it. In May of 2011, the year the car launched, Honda moved 1,557 CR-Zs, while May of 2016 saw just 234 CR-Zs sold.
Our own review said the car was not “not hot enough and not eco-enough,” calling it out for not delivering in either area, though we lauded the CR-Z for being the only hybrid available with a manual transmission.
With just 130 hp and 140 lb-ft, the CR-Z couldn’t compete with rivals like the Hyundai Veloster Turbo in the power department, and Honda’s modern naturally aspirated engines make the fuel economy benefit of the CR-Z hybrid negligible.