Sharing a platform with the current Honda Civic, this new redesigned CR-V is 2.7 inches longer than the outgoing model, with a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase and 0.4 inches of additional width. The base of the A-pillars have also moved 4.7 inches rearward, 2.8 inches outward and 1.4 inches lower, improving outward visibility and changing the crossover’s feel from the driver’s seat.
Power in the 2023 Honda CR-V comes from an updated version of Honda’s familiar 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, which is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission. For a sportier driving feel, CR-V Sport and Sport Touring come standard with a hybrid-electric powertrain consisting of a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and twin electric motors, which delivers a combined output of 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.
Inside, the compact crossover features similar styling to the latest Civic, along with a standard seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The well-equipped EX-L and Sport Touring trim levels, meanwhile, come standard with a larger 9-inch display. A seven-inch digital instrument cluster is also standard.
Completing the package is the Honda Sensing suite of active safety tech, which is standard across all trims and includes traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, low speed braking control, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with low speed follow and a driver attention monitor, among more.
Mike Kistemaker, assistant vice president of Honda sales at American Honda, pointed out that the CR-V is one of the best-selling crossover/SUV nameplates in America, making this model a tough rival for offerings like the Equinox and Terrain.
“As America’s outright best-selling SUV of the past 25 years the Honda CR-V has played a critical role in our past, but what’s significant about the all-new CR-V is the important role it will play in our future – with the CR-V hybrid to represent about 50 percent of sales,” he said.
Production of the 2023 Honda CR-V will take place at the Japanese automaker’s plants in Ohio and Indiana, as well as its Canadian plant in southern Ontario. Pricing has not yet been announced.