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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  • Chris P Bacon Not sure why a '21 is getting reviewed, because there have been improvements to the 4xe. I've got a '22 4xe Sahara. May 2022 build in High-Velocity yellow with a soft top. As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted to try it, not for the fuel mileage, but for the technology. I don't have a Level 2 charger, it charges fully overnight on the included Level 1. I see an indicated range of 27 miles regularly. Today it indicated 29 when I unplugged. I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles, a full charge costs me about $3 based on my current electricity supplier. I don't experience the rough transitions between electric and gas, so maybe Jeep figured it out? It's stupid fast when using all the power off the line. So much so that it will break the rear wheels loose when you stomp on it. I agree that plugin hybrids are the future. I see no need for a pure electric. This is the way to go.
  • RHD The word B R O N C O written in contrasting paint on the dashboard is quite unnecessary. The passenger certainly knows what kind of vehicle he or she is in. That detail is a big fail. The red and white Bronco looks great, especially with tires that have honest-to-goodness sidewalls on them.
  • Luke42 Aren't those trim levels just different colors of paint?That's what they sound like, at least. 🤷‍♂️
  • Varezhka BEVs are not getting any more affordable because most of the cost is material, unlike mostly steel (cheap) gas powered cars.It’s like asking why gold and platinum aren’t getting any cheaper. And it’s only going to get worse with the sudden global interest in BEVs.
  • ToolGuy I don't have a carb on any of my vehicles.
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