2023 Honda CR-V

image of a red 2023 honda cr-v from the side

Overview

The CR-V has so many fans that it’s always big news when Honda redesigns it. Since this crossover debuted in 1997, it steadily built a following with drivers who were attracted to its blend of practicality, comfort, and affordability. It will soon kick off its sixth generation with more space and power, as well as updates to its connectivity and safety technology. One benefit of the all-new CR-V’s increased width is enhanced ride stability, with a retuned suspension and improved continuously variable transmission also adding smoothness. Let’s run through the exciting changes that the 2023 CR-V will bring.

A Change in Appearance

The 2023 Honda CR-V will appear beefier because it is: it’s longer and wider, with more interior space. But its outward design combines confidence with simplification in its lines: this ’23 version is the best-looking CR-V yet. Just like the other recently redesigned Honda models, it catches attention with a black honeycomb grille and modern slim-line LED headlights. The Sport Touring trim level has the added look and function of front air vents.

Conventional and Hybrid Power

Rather than offering a separate CR-V Hybrid model, Honda has streamlined the trims into a lineup of four, two with a conventional gas-only powertrain and the other two with a hybrid system. The EX and EX-L will get the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the aforementioned revised CVT, and the higher-priced Sport and Sport Touring trims will have the team of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which combine to make 204 hp and 257 lb.-ft. of torque. The first three trims will be front-wheel drive by default, but all-wheel drive will be available; the Sport Touring will get standard AWD.

An Upgraded Interior

Interior improvements are always part of a good redesign, and that has happened with the ’23 CRV. It’s elegant and uncomplicated inside, with the expected modern screens (with either a 7-inch or 9-inch infotainment screen) and other technology. The stylish honeycomb pattern of the front grille carries over on the inside, where it appears as a dash insert that camouflages the HVAC vents. The additional size means more space for occupants, of course, with more room to stretch out and enjoy the ride – especially now that the second-row seats recline. Honda has even raised the CR-V’s roof to create more headroom. Carrying stuff will be easier than ever in the 36-cubic-foot cargo area, which has been made better in the EX and EX-L because the cargo floor can be lowered to create more space.

Active Driving Aids

Honda Sensing will be included on all 2023 CR-Vs to optimize safety on the road. Buyers can expect automatic high beams, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and low-speed braking control, along with standard blind-spot monitoring and hill descent control. Plus, a winter drive mode will make its debut, which should delight New Englanders.