Report: The 2023 CR-V Is Here To Sell Even More Hondas

report the 2023 cr v is here to sell even more hondas

The 2023 Honda CR-V gets a fresh redesign that brings an equipment shuffle and commitment to hybridization.

The original CR-V was one of the first models in the market to bring SUVs into the mainstream without a body-on-frame chassis. Five generations later, it outsells just about anything else Honda currently builds.

Honda is capitalizing on that success with the launch of the sixth-generation 2023 CR-V. The updated model brings it in line with its platform-mate, the Honda Civic, which also received a redesign recently. Similarities are obvious, as are equipment levels, with one big caveat. More on that in a sec.

Styling

The biggest change concerns the exterior, which does away with a lot of the funky details of the previous generation. Replacing the oddball cues is a design that’s a more streamlined, rugged appearance with a hint of premium, particularly on the rear side of the car. The floating L-shaped tail lights remain, receiving a sharper LED style reminiscent of the Volvo XC60.

Inside, the 2023 CR-V is effectively a mirror image of the Civic that it’s based on. This means the dashboard and features carry over to the bigger sibling. Sadly but unsurprisingly, the manual transmission won’t make a return here.

What the CR-V gains instead is hill descent control as standard, as well as blind-spot monitoring that supports the Honda Sensing system, which itself includes traffic-jam assist, low-speed braking control, and traffic-sign recognition system.

Performance

The 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder returns, making the same 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, with peak torque at lower RPMs than before. Further refinements mean the engine should be smoother. A continously-variable automatic transmission is standard. Sport and Sport Touring variants will be available.

In addition to having a blacked-out visual package, both the Sport and Sport Touring models are hybrids. A 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder is bolted to a two-motor hybrid-electric setup which replaces the CVT. The EPA hasn’t rated the new CR-V yet but anticipate improvements in fuel economy. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

The 2023 CR-V EX and EX-L will be released for sale during the summer months with the hybrid Sport and Sport Touring coming later toward the end of 2022.

[Images: Honda]

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  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.
  • MaintenanceCosts A few bits of context largely missing from this article:(1) For complicated historical reasons, the feds already end up paying much of the cost of buying new transit buses of all types. It is easier legally and politically to put capital funds than operating funds into the federal budget, so the model that has developed in most US agencies is that operational costs are raised from a combination of local taxes and fares while the feds pick up much of the agencies' capital needs. So this is not really new spending but a new direction for spending that's been going on for a long time.(2) Current electric buses are range-challenged. Depending on type of service they can realistically do 100-150 miles on a charge. That's just fine for commuter service where the buses typically do one or two trips in the morning, park through the midday, and do one or two trips in the evening. It doesn't work well for all-day service. Instead of having one bus that can stay out from early in the morning until late at night (with a driver change or two) you need to bring the bus back to the garage once or twice during the day. That means you need quite a few more buses and also increases operating costs. Many agencies are saying for political reasons that they are going to go electric in this replacement cycle but the more realistic outcome is that half the buses can go electric while the other half need one more replacement cycle for battery density to improve. Once the buses can go 300 miles in all weather they will be fine for the vast majority of service.(3) With all that said, the transition to electric will be very good. Moving from straight diesel to hybrid already cut down substantially on emissions, but even reduced diesel emissions cause real public health damage in city settings. Transitioning both these buses and much of the urban truck fleet to electric will have measurable and meaningful impacts on public health.
  • Cprescott I assume that since the buses will be free to these companies that these companies will reduce their bus fare.
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