The Honda CR-Z Is Officially Dead In Canada

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

2016 will be the final model year for the extraordinarily slow-selling Honda CR-Z in Canada. Honda Canada spokesperson Maki Inoue confirmed that the CR-Z is done, indirectly supplanted in Honda Canada’s lineup by the reborn Honda Accord Hybrid.

“As Honda aligns its product portfolio to best take advantage of growth opportunities in the marketplace, it will add a new Accord Hybrid, and discontinue CR-Z this year,” Inoue told GoodCarBadCar earlier this afternoon.

Of course, we knew the CR-Z was done for. Separate articles on TTAC earlier today made mention of an American Honda spokesperson’s impression that the CR-Z was already dead and the glut of CR-Z inventory of which Honda dealers must now rid themselves.

News that the CR-Z is dead north of the border is thus no surprise, particularly given the car’s disastrous reception in Canada. You thought the two-seat, hybrid hatchback was unpopular in the American market? Oh, Canada: in comparison with their northerly neighbors, Americans were downright enamored with the Honda CR-Z.

Consider this: Americans buy approximately nine times more new vehicles than Canadians, but CR-Z sales in the United States were 25 times stronger than Canadian sales over the vehicle’s lifespan.

It’s not that Canadians won’t buy Hondas. More than 11 percent of the new passenger cars sold in May were Civics. Indeed, the Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car in each of the last 18 years.

But the CR-Z, underpowered and not as efficient as you’d expect a two-seat hybrid to be, did Honda Canada no favors.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Jun 15, 2016

    I got one of these as a loaner. Between the excessive NVH (is this a 1972 Fiat ?) and the constant drone of the CVT fighting the minimal engine, I was only too happy to give this back to the dealer. I was appalled that Honda somehow greenlighted such a bad car. It is rare to actively dislike a newer car..."meh' is as bad as it gets, but no, this was bad....

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    • JimC2 JimC2 on Jun 16, 2016

      @Corey Lewis ((chuckle)) Today must be "Opposite Thursday" on the internet.

  • Dynasty Dynasty on Jun 15, 2016

    So much potential, so little it demonstrated. I really wanted to like this car, but it was just too underwhelming in just about any metric.

  • Eliyahu CVT needed for MPG. Outback is indeed the legacy of, err, the Legacy.
  • Gayneu I can comment on these. My wife always thought the Minis were "cute" so I bought her a used 2005 (non-S, 5 speed) for one of her "special" birthdays. She loved it and I kinda did too. Somehow a hole developed in the transmission case and the fluid drained out, ruining the car (too expensive to fix). A local mechanic bought it for $800.We then bought a used 2015 S (6 speed) which we still have today (80k miles). Her sister just bought a used S as well (also manual). It has been a dependable car but BMW-priced maintenance and premium gas hurts for sure. I think the earlier generation (like in the article) were better looking with cleaner lines. The 2015 S rides too stiff for me (Chicago roads) but is a hoot on smooth ones. It does seem to shift weird - its hard to describe but it shifts differently from every other manual I have driven. No matter how hard I try, so won't let go of her Mini.
  • Crown Seems like they cut some cylinders too.A three cylinder...where are they planning on selling that??
  • Slavuta "There’s also the problem of climate change, and the more intense weather that comes along with it"How could one even write something like this? We don't have more intense weather. We have better weather. When Earth started, it was a fiery ball. We don't know what weather was in 1700. And even if we know some of it in Europe, we don't know what was happening in Africa, South America, Oceania, etc. We have people living in places where they did not live before. We have news that report weather related events minutes later or during. This did not happen before. There is no evidence that we have an increase in intensity. I looked into historical records in the area where I live - there is not much movement at all between 1970 and now. And remember - none of the previous weather predictions have materialized.
  • VoGhost Very soon, every home will have a 240v outlet in the garage, which can function as your electric charger, just like a modern home has 120v electric outlets and light switches inside the house. This is where the market is going. You all would see that if you didn't have those oil soaked blinders on.
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