The CR-Z Will be Discontinued for the 2017 Model Year
The 2016 Honda CR-Z will be the last Honda CR-Z produced. This sporty compact hybrid never found traction with American buyers, so Honda has decided to stop producing it, in order to focus on other efficient vehicle technologies starting next year. If you want to get behind the wheel of this stylish hatchback before it’s gone, you had better get to Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake here in the Chicago and Elgin, IL area.
Honda Retires the CR-Z
The current 2016 Honda CR-Z uses a hybrid powertrain that combines the forces of a 1.5L four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and battery pack for up to an EPA estimated 39 mpg highway* and 130 hp. While it was a compelling package of style, efficiency, and performance, the CR-Z didn’t rack up big sales numbers. The CR-Z was meant, in some ways, to be a throwback to the cult classic CR-X from the 80s and 90s. It did have the same distinctive hatchback body style and relatively good weight to power ratio.
The Honda CR-Z has even been available with a Honda Performance Development Supercharger Kit, which bumped power output up to 197 hp. That package is available through authorized Honda dealers, like Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake.
While the supercharger kit is certainly appealing to performance enthusiasts, it wouldn’t help fuel economy and emissions. Those are the things that Honda will focus on now, with the production capabilities used before for the Honda CR-Z going to produce the new Honda Accord Hybrid and the new Honda Clarity line of electric, plug-in electric hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles.
It makes sense that Honda decided to discontinue the CR-Z to focus on these other models. In fact, the Honda Accord Hybrid has been so popular in recent years, that drivers were sometimes waiting longer than six months from the order date to receive their new vehicle.
Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today
Visit us here at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL to find out more about the current CR-Z or to learn about the all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid or the forthcoming Honda Clarity lineup. We’re excited to help you find your next efficient Honda vehicle!