In 2023, Honda will release a refreshed version of its CR-V compact SUV to help them compete in the fiercely contested compact SUV market. The new CR-V promises to bring even more of its signature utility thanks to its larger size and increased passenger space.
The interior is both stylish and technologically advanced, with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist are just a few of the many driver aids that come standard on every CR-V. The base engine is a turbo-four producing 190 horsepower; upgrading to a hybrid system producing an additional 204 horsepower is available. All-wheel drive and front-wheel drive are both options. It will be necessary to put Honda’s claim that the 2023 CR-V provides a more exciting and refined driving experience to the test by getting behind the wheel.
What Is Coming In 2023?
The sixth generation of Honda’s compact SUV, the CR-V, will begin with the 2023 model year. It’s more spacious inside, has a more elegant layout, and is outfitted with better amenities, not to mention that it looks and feels brand new on the outside. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel-drive system have been upgraded from the previous generation, and Honda claims that the base turbo-four engine is now faster and more efficient. Improved handling and a more comfortable ride are claimed for the new CR-V thanks to its revised suspension, reinforced frame, and increased track width.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder produces 190 horsepower and is standard in the CR-V, which is distinguished by its upright grille. It can be mated to either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a CVT. This configuration is standard on the EX and EX-L. Only the hybrid drivetrain, consisting of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors producing a total of 204 horsepower, is available for the Sport and Sport Touring trims. While both front- and all-wheel drive are available on the Sport, the latter is standard on the Sport Touring. Hill-descent control is included on all CR-Vs and helps to reduce the vehicle’s speed when descending steep or treacherous hills at low speeds. The majority of the lineup rides on standard-issue 18-inch wheels, while the Sport gets special gloss-black rollers. Sport Touring models come standard with black 19-inch wheels designed specifically for this trim. For the first time, the hybrid models can pull a thousand pounds.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The air vents of the Honda CR-V are concealed under a honeycomb-textured inlay that spans the entirety of the dashboard, contributing to the vehicle’s attractive interior design. The driver has access to an analog speedometer and a 7.0-inch display that can be navigated digitally. Both are housed within the steering wheel’s circular border. Honda claims that the front seats in the new CR-V are ergonomically built to reduce driver fatigue on lengthy trips. There is plenty of storage space in the center console between the front seats, and the rear seats recline to provide an extra 0.6 inches of legroom compared to the outgoing CR-V. Cargo capacity is 36 cubic feet behind the second row or 39 cubic feet for gas-only models with the load floor lowered to its lowest setting.
Infotainment and Connectivity
On the EX and Sport models, a 7.0-inch touchscreen controls the CR-infotainment V’s system. In addition to supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system also includes traditional volume and tuning knobs. A 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on the EX-L and Sport Touring. The larger display doesn’t have a tuning knob, but it does include a volume knob and built-in navigation, as well as two USB-C connections for passengers in the back and wireless charging for phones. Only buyers of the CR-V Sport Touring trim level will be able to afford the premium 12-speaker Bose sound system.