2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)Enlarge Photo
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.
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.