TORRANCE, California — The Honda CR-Z hybrid will be discontinued this year, American Honda Motor Co. confirmed on Friday.
"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 the CR-Z this year," Honda said in a statement. "Honda plans to significantly expand its sales of electrified vehicles with the addition of new volume models."
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan is on sale now at Honda dealerships, along with the 2016 CR-Z. The CR-Z with a six-speed manual transmission is priced at $21,130, including an $835 destination charge.
Also in the pipeline are the all-new 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which goes on sale later this year, followed by the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.
For 2016, the Honda CR-Z gets an updated look front and rear, and more standard features and options, including a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment display and a blind-spot warning system.
Hybrid vehicles have taken a backseat to trucks and SUVs in terms of sales this year, largely due to cheap gas prices.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.25 versus $2.76 a year ago.
Only 27.5 percent of all hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins in 2016 have been applied to the purchase of another hybrid or EV, according to a new analysis from Edmunds.com.
The CR-Z isn't the only hybrid to disappear from showrooms.
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid was dropped from VW's 2017 lineup earlier this year.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers who have the Honda CR-Z on their lists should get to their local dealer as soon as possible, as it comes to the end of the road.