Honda Introduces 2023 CR-V

The all-new 2023 Honda CR-V will begin arriving in Honda dealerships this month, the company announced. The 6th generation of Honda’s best-selling SUV will be available with two turbocharged trim levels, EX and EX-L, and two hybrid-powered trim levels, Sport and Sport Touring.

“The all-new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every conceivable way – design, performance, safety and technology and the most fun-to-drive CR-V we’ve ever made,” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of auto sales at American Honda.

The CR-V lineup starts with the EX trim, which comes with an enhanced 1.5-liter turbo engine with VTEC, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that’s been retuned for improved response, Honda said. The combination offers 190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. (SAE net) of peak torque.

A new 7-inch touchscreen audio system is standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, physical knobs for volume and tuning, and a simplified menu structure. Heated front seats, partial digital instrumentation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a one-touch power sliding moonroof, heated outside mirrors, LED headlights and 18-inch wheels are also standard.

CR-V EX-L also features the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and builds on the EX’s equipment with leather seats and a standard 9-inch touchscreen with a physical volume knob, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a simplified menu structure. Qi-compatible 15W wireless smartphone charging, an upgraded 8-speaker audio system and Low Speed Braking Control are also standard.

Representing a key step in Honda’s electrification strategy, starting with the 2023 model year, about 50% of CR-Vs sold will be powered by Honda’s all-new more powerful 4th-generation two-motor hybrid-electric system featuring a pair of larger electric motors now mounted side-by-side.

The 2023 CR-V Sport will come standard with the new hybrid system featuring a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine. Combined system output climbs to 204 hp, while the traction-motor peak torque rises to 247 lb.-ft. Moreover, the hybrid powertrain brings a major fuel economy benefit compared to the 1.5-liter Turbo powertrain, with an EPA city rating of 43 mpg in the city for Sport versus 28 mpg for EX/EX-L, and a combined rating of 40 mpg for Sport versus 30 mpg for EX/EX-L (all with 2WD).

Sport also features new styling that includes gloss black exterior accents, rectangular exhaust finishers and Berlina Black 18-inch wheels. Inside, Sport-specific seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel are standard.

At $38,6001, the Sport Touring will sit atop the CR-V lineup, also featuring the new, more-powerful 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain, along with standard all-wheel drive and larger 19-inch wheels and tires. Inside, a new 12-speaker Bose premium audio system with Bose Centerpoint technology and SurroundStage delivers an optimal listening experience, while Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and Wi-Fi Hotspot capability are also standard.

An updated version of Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System is available on all grades and standard on Sport Touring. A new Hill Descent Control system enhances CR-V’s off-road capability, Honda said.

Drivers can also customize the driving experience for various conditions with three selectable drive modes, Normal, Econ and a new Snow mode that maximizes available traction and performance in slick snowy conditions. Sport and Sport Touring models also add a new Sport mode.

In addition, all 2023 CR-Vs come standard with an expanded Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistive technologies that includes Traffic Jam Assist and a smoother, more natural feeling to functions, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). A rear seat reminder and rear seatbelt reminder are also new and standard across the lineup.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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