The Honda CR-Z is now dead

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2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)

2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)

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Honda may not be giving the CR-Z a dignified "Final Edition" send-off in the U.S. like it did in Japan, after all; Car and Driver reported the car is officially dead.

The automaker ended production of the hybrid hatchback sports car and it went quietly into the night, according to the magazine.

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To be fair, few people will miss it. Despite a refresh last year, fewer than 1,000 CR-Zs were sold in the U.S. up until the beginning of June.

Why wasn't the CR-Z successful? In short, because it wasn't a CR-X.

The CR-Z was a slow hybrid hatchback that didn't have the performance to match its sporty look. The 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and electric motor combo were good for 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Amazingly, the CR-Z was available with a 6-speed manual transmission for those that like to #GiveAShift. Though, in our testing, the manual was less than satisfying.

We're bidding the CR-Z farewell today, because we aren't sure anyone else will.

 
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