What is the 2023 Honda CR-V?
One of the most popular vehicles in America, the 2023 Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV. This year, the sixth-generation 2023 CR-V gets a complete redesign that includes fresh styling, a revised trim level lineup, a new hybrid powertrain, and next-generation infotainment and safety technologies. As was true before, the new Honda CR-V remains one of the roomiest compact SUVs you can buy. In addition, it offers up to 39.3 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the back seat and a maximum of 76.5 cu. ft. when equipped with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
What's New for the 2023 Honda CR-V?
Honda stretches the 2023 CR-V's body 2.7 inches in length and 0.4 inches in width, and plops it onto a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase and 0.4-inch wider front and rear track. Add a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure boasting a 15% increase in torsional rigidity, and Honda expects the new CR-V to add newfound levels of passenger room, cargo space, ride comfort, handling capability, and crash-energy management.
Specific improvements include redesigned seats that Honda claims will reduce fatigue and improve your posture, additional rear-seat legroom, a larger center console storage bin, and enough cargo space to rival midsize SUVs. Digital instrumentation is standard, along with new infotainment systems with 7-inch or 9-inch touchscreen displays identical to those in the latest Honda Civic.
The CR-V's Honda Sensing safety features benefit from a new wide-angle camera and upgraded millimeter-wave radar, improving the technology's performance for a smoother, more refined feel from behind the wheel. Blind spot monitoring is now standard on the CR-V for the first time, and new features include a driver monitoring system, a rear seatbelt reminder, a rear-seat reminder, a traffic sign recognition system, low-speed automatic braking when parking, and Traffic Jam Assist.
Honda says the new CR-V should better channel crash energy away from the passenger compartment while improving side-impact protection in a collision, thanks to the ACE body structure. The automaker targets top crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda has also improved the front airbag designs to reduce occupant head injuries, and every CR-V now comes with standard knee and rear side-impact airbags, bringing the total to 10.
Honda has updated the previous-generation CR-V's turbocharged 1.5Lr four-cylinder engine to deliver peak torque sooner and reduce engine noise. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) features Step-Shift programming to simulate gear changes during acceleration. In addition, the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system performs better in snow and mud, according to Honda, and can now send up to half of the turbo engine's power to the rear wheels. A Snow driving mode and Hill Descent Control are also new to the CR-V.
The 2023 Honda CR-V hybrid models get new Sport and Sport Touring trim designations. They feature a next-generation version of the automaker's two-motor hybrid drivetrain. It makes 204 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, offers more towing capability than before, includes a Sport driving mode, and can achieve a top speed of 115 mph, according to Honda. The company also claims the electric motor variable transmission better mimics speed-related engine revs to improve how the powertrain sounds to the driver.
How Much is a Honda CR-V?
New 2023 Honda CR-V prices will be available closer to the SUV's release date. In the summer of 2022, the first versions to arrive in showrooms will be the CR-V EX and CR-V EX-L. Later in the year, the hybrid-powered CR-V Sport and CR-V Sport Touring will go on sale. Based on the prices for the outgoing CR-V, you can expect 2023 Honda CR-V prices to range between the low $30,000s and the low $40,000s, including the destination charge. The new Honda CR-V is made in Canada, Indiana, and Ohio.
2023 Honda CR-V Trim Levels and Configurations
Honda offers the 2023 CR-V as a two-row, five-passenger, compact SUV. Four trim levels are available, equipped with the following feature highlights:
Honda CR-V EX — The base CR-V EX is anything but basic, equipped with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, cloth seats, and an eight-way power driver's seat. A 7-inch digital instrumentation panel is standard, plus a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two front USB ports.
Honda also equips the CR-V with ten airbags and a Honda Sensing collection of driver-assist and collision-avoidance systems, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and a traffic sign recognition system. Additionally, the new CR-V includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver monitoring system, and a rear-seat reminder system.
Honda CR-V EX-L — Upgrade to the CR-V EX-L, and the SUV includes leather seats, piano black interior trim, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat. This model also has an upgraded 9-inch infotainment touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a navigation system, and wireless charging.
Honda CR-V Sport — The CR-V Sport builds on EX trim with a hybrid powertrain, a Sport driving mode, exclusive 18-inch black alloy wheels, and sport-design styling with revised bumpers, a different grille, rectangular exhaust outlets, and gloss black exterior trim. Inside, the Sport trim adds a black headliner, orange contrast stitching, and two rear USB ports.
Honda CR-V Sport Touring — Sport Touring trim includes all of the features of the CR-V EX-L plus a hybrid powertrain, standard AWD, a Sport driving mode, and 19-inch black alloy wheels. In addition, a black headliner and orange contrast stitching are standard, along with two rear USB ports and a 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint premium audio system.
2023 Honda CR-V Review and Test Drive
Capital One plans to evaluate and review this vehicle during the current model year. Therefore, we will update this page with driving impressions later.
Honda CR-V Competitors for 2023
Due to its generous interior size, the redesigned Honda CR-V competes with the larger members of the compact crossover SUV segment. Primary rivals include the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Honda CR-V Features
With the all-new 2023 CR-V, Honda gives no ground in the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Bigger than before, equipped with more rugged styling, featuring next-generation infotainment and safety technologies, available with an upgraded hybrid powertrain, and promising a more engaging driving experience, the new version of this SUV will likely prove as popular as ever.
2023 Honda CR-V Safety Features
- Honda Sensing — Standard collection of driver-assist and collision avoidance safety features related to collision warning, automatic braking, and lane keeping assist
- Lane Keeping Assist — Standard lane-centering assist system
- Blind Spot Information — Standard blind spot monitoring system
- Adaptive Cruise Control — Standard feature automatically maintains a safe distance behind traffic ahead
- Traffic Jam Assist — Available feature* pairing adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist for use in low-speed, heavy traffic situations
2023 Honda CR-V Technology Features
- Digital instrumentation — Standard feature
- Infotainment system — Standard 7-inch and available 9-inch touchscreen display
- Smartphone connectivity — Standard Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Traffic sign recognition system — Standard feature
- Wireless smartphone charger — Available feature*
2023 Honda CR-V Interior Features
- Power driver's seat — Standard feature
- Cloth seats — Standard feature
- Leather seats — Available feature*
- Heated front seats and steering wheel — Available features*
- Premium sound system — Available 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system*
2023 Honda CR-V Specs
1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (EX, EX-L)
- 190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque
- Front-wheel drive (FWD), AWD
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy ratings are not yet available
- The maximum towing capacity is not yet available
2.0L four-cylinder engine and two-motor hybrid system (Sport, Sport Touring)
- 204 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque
- Electric motor serving as an electronic variable transmission
- FWD, AWD
- EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available
- 1,000-lb. maximum towing capacity
*Availability is subject to specific trim level selections