Why the Honda CR-Z Won’t Be Returning in 2017

Honda CR-Z Santa AnaIf you love the Honda CR-Z, you may be in for some disappointing news. This sporty hybrid model that seats two will not be returning for the 2017 model year. Although drivers across the country, particularly in California, love hybrids, the CR-Z doesn’t seem to be as popular as the other Honda hybrids.

Honda CR-Z Declining Sales

According to Honda, sales of the CR-Z declined by 6.7 percent based on figures from the first half of this year. This is actually a growing trend, as overall hybrid sales across automakers are down around 20 percent this year. However, that isn’t necessarily the cause of the CR-Z’s lowered sales. The overall decline in hybrid popularity is likely due to people choosing larger cars and gas prices going down.

Fun to Drive, but Not Enough

Most people who get behind the wheel of the Honda CR-Z will describe it as fun to drive, especially if you put the stick model into Sport mode. The CR-Z gave off a sporty vibe and had a great heritage that just isn’t matched by its 130-horsepower powertrain. The fuel economy also doesn’t reach what some people expect for hybrids, with up to 36 city/39 highway/37 combined mpg*. That being said, it is still much more efficient than other sporty vehicles.

Future Plans

Since the CR-Z will be leaving the lineup for the new model year, Honda has room to introduce new hybrid models. The current plan is to create hybrid versions of popular models. For 2017, for example, there is a new Honda Accord Hybrid hitting the lineup.

Those who want to drive a Honda CR-Z can still find some new and plenty of used models at Freeway Honda. Visit our dealership to drive this sporty hybrid or check out the other Honda hybrid models that can take you around Santa Ana, California.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.