By on June 15, 2016

2016 Honda CR-Z

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, 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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17 Comments on “The Honda CR-Z Is Officially Dead In Canada...”

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    And nothing of value was lost.

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    You can be Canadian and pay more and have less choice.

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    All this talk of the CRZ going away and its Japanese final edition is more attention than the model has had since everyone last pointed out its shortcomings, right after it was released.

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    I can’t believe they still haven’t put a conventional ICE drivetrain in it yet, get rid of the cost of batteries and associated electronics, add the larger civic engine and you have a car that can sell 5000 a month with nary a problem.

    Edit: maybe 2500 a month I forget how this thing looks, only so many of the fast and furry crowd left that hasn’t grown up.

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    I guess I had better experience one of these personally before they do away with them completely.

    If not, I’ll just have to take Ruttledge Wood’s word about how great it is (err-was).

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    How will we know the difference? Wait a minute, I did see one, once a while back.

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    SCE to AUX

    There’s a lot of talk around here about a car that is the #242 nameplate in the US, and #256 in Canada.

    I’ll tell you why…

    It has an unfortunately proximate name to a car people truly loved – the CRX of the 1980s, which looked great and sold 230k examples in 4 model years. Therefore, the CR-Z ends up being scrutinized more than it would be otherwise.

    By analogy, consider the exploits of anyone from Massachusetts with the surname “Kennedy”, and you’ll understand my point.

    Without the “CR-Z” name, this car would be just another dud passing by quietly. The Toyota Venza didn’t get near as much press during its demise.

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    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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    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.

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