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The sixth-generation small SUV Honda CR-V is bigger, more feature-rich, and more appealing on the interior and outside. It comes in Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring variations.
The most recent Honda CR-V model is here, and it looks a lot better than the previous one did. The new 2023 CR-V is attractive on the outside, more contemporary inside, but still immediately identifiable as a CR-V. It has a cleaner appearance than the last several versions of this small SUV. A more roomy cabin, additional amenities, and upgrades to the turbo-four and hybrid powertrains are among the less apparent but important exterior modifications.
Size and Engines
To maintain the spacing within Honda’s SUV portfolio, the tiny CR-V had to grow as well because the most recent edition of the subcompact Honda HR-V expanded greatly. The new model’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches larger, its overall length has increased by 2.7 inches, and its width has increased by 0.4 inches. More rear legroom is the consequence, according to Honda, and the hybrid’s luggage space has also increased, matching the non-36 hybrid’s cubic feet of space behind the back seats and 77 cubic feet of space when the back seats are folded. There is a moveable floor in the nonhybrid that can be lowered to increase the volume behind the seats to 39 cubic feet.
Both of the CR-two V’s powertrains, a hybrid system that employs a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, have not seen any significant upgrades from Honda. The non-continuously hybrid’s variable automatic gearbox and the 1.5-liter engine’s torque curve have been modified to decrease noise and vibration; considering the original CR-harsh, V’s coarse engine note, any improvement in this area will be appreciated. The highest system horsepower of the hybrid has decreased from 212 hp to 204 hp, but one of its two electric motors is now torquer than before. Honda still claims that the hybrid can tow up to 1000 pounds, as opposed to the previous model’s lack of a tow rating.
Trim Levels and MPG
To assist Honda achieve its objective of selling more hybrids, the CR-trim V’s levels have been reorganized. Honda wants to sell 50% of CR-Vs with the more effective gas-electric drivetrain. Thus, the new Sport and Sport Touring versions are exclusively available as hybrids, while the EX and EX-L trim levels come with the turbo 1.5-liter. The Sport variants also receive cosmetic updates, such as black wheels, a new grille, and a revised rear fascia.
All but the Sport Touring come with front-wheel drive as standard, and all-wheel drive is an option. The CR-V hybrid’s EPA fuel efficiency ratings may increase with the inclusion of a front-wheel-drive setup, surpassing the 38 mpg combined rating for the previous model, which was AWD-only. The non-hybrid was previously rated at 29 mpg combined with all-wheel drive and 30 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, so we don’t anticipate much of an improvement in its efficiency.
Interior, Price, Features
A honeycomb-patterned insert that spans the dash gives the inside a look similar to that of the new HR-V and Civic. The HVAC system is controlled by three knobs, and we appreciate how uncomplicated the dashboard is. Standard touchscreen sizes for the EX and Sport are 7.0 inches and 9.0 inches, respectively, for the EX-L and Sport Touring. Hill-descent control and blind-spot monitoring are now standard features, and there are now driving modes including Normal and Econ, as well as a Sport mode for Sport and Sport Touring models.
As the launch date of the new CR-V draws near, Honda will announce pricing soon. Since Honda has discontinued the lower LX model, the non-hybrid will debut first and probably have a higher beginning price than before (the old LX started at $28,045 while the EX started at $30,355). The hybrid should fetch a little premium when it eventually makes an appearance.