After weeks of teasing the next-generation crossover, Honda has lastly lifted the covers off the all-new 2023 CR-V. Arriving late this fall, the automaker’s best-seller will get a brand new look, upgraded expertise and a sportier two-motor hybrid possibility.
The sixth-generation crossover “has performed a crucial function in our previous, however what’s vital concerning the all-new CR-V is the essential function it should play in our future—with the CR-V hybrid to signify about 50 p.c of gross sales,” stated Mike Kistemaker, assistant vice chairman of Honda model gross sales at American Honda.
The hybrid is anticipated to play a key function, the automaker added, in its electrification technique. Certainly, there’ve been rumors suggesting an all-electric model of the Honda CR-V could also be within the works, although the Japanese automaker isn’t speaking about that—no less than not but.
The 2023 mannequin is an all however full makeover, with a sportier stance and a extra angular design that picks up on the cues we’ve seen with different new Honda fashions this yr, together with the 2023 HR-V and Passport TrailSport SUV. That begins with a extra upright grille, an extended hood, a typical roof spoiler and a robust, horizontal beltline.
All variations of the brand new CR-V now get commonplace LED headlights, although there are a variety of particulars that differentiate the 2023 crossover’s varied trim packages. The distinctive decrease bumper design is gloss black on the CR-V Sport, for instance, however platinum on the Sport Touring. The Sport will get 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, with the Sport Touring shod with black 19-inch break up 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Greater Inside and Out
As urged by the current development of the HR-V, the brand new CR-V is greater than the outgoing crossover in virtually all instructions, gaining 2.7 inches in total size and 0.4 inches in width. The 2023 mannequin’s wheelbase has been stretched 1.6 inches. The windshield pillars have additionally been repositioned to not solely give the brand new CR-V a sportier look however to enhance visibility within the course of.
The added size and width repay for passengers, the rear seats gaining greater than a half-inch of legroom—and eight angles of recline. There’s extra cargo house behind the rear seats, as much as 39.3 cubic-feet within the EX and EX-L, greater than any earlier CR-V. Fold-down the again row and that almost doubles to 76.5 cubic-feet, one other report complete.
Inside finishes have been upgraded, with particulars just like the metallic honeycomb mesh that spans the instrument panel, much like the sort seen within the new HR-V and 2022 Civic. The bottom EX package deal options fabric upholstery and the EX-L is upgraded to leather-based, with piano black sprint trim. The Sport and Sport Touring add a typical black headliner with orange distinction stitching on the seats.
Hybrid and Transmission Upgrades
The bottom engine package deal is an up to date 1.5-liter turbo-four that makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a repeatedly variable transmission which, Honda claims, makes much less vibration and noise than earlier than. It’s additionally designed to raised simulate gear adjustments whereas minimizing the “motorboat” feeling that usually attracts complaints about CVTs, and if the up to date CVTs within the HR-V and Civic are prologue, this one needs to be fairly refined.
However Honda is satisfied that the upgraded gas-hybrid possibility would be the actual success story. The gasoline aspect of the package deal makes use of a “newly refined” 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine now paired with two side-by-side electrical motors. The mixed package deal now makes 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque—up 3 hp and 15 lb-ft respectively. The package deal now can deal with as much as a 1,000-pound trailer for the primary time, whereas the 2023 Honda CR-V’s prime pace climbs from 86 to 115 mph.
Honda claims its elective, Actual-Time AWD with Clever Management System is now more proficient at dealing with moist and slippery situations. It’s able to sending as much as 50% of torque to the again wheels. Honda additionally provides Hill Descent Management to the CR-V line for the primary time. Basically a slow-speed, downhill cruise management, a driver can shortly choose speeds between 2 and 12 mph.
Base EX and Sport fashions function a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upper trim EX-L and Sport Touring fashions get an upgraded 9-inch high-resolution touchscreen, in addition to commonplace wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Honda Sensing system provides quite a lot of superior driver help techniques, comparable to ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise management and, newly commonplace, blind spot data. New options embrace Visitors Jam Help, Visitors Signal Recognition and Low-Pace Braking Management.
All variations of the 2023 Honda CR-V, however for the Hybrid, will attain showrooms this summer time. That gas-electric mannequin, stated Honda, can be accessible “later this yr.”
The most important problem is prone to be discovering one. Because of the ongoing scarcity of semiconductor chips, Honda sellers barely have a 10-day provide of autos, together with the CR-V, in contrast with a pre-pandemic norm nearer to 60 days. These shortages aren’t anticipated to be resolved for a yr or extra, in response to business analysts like Financial institution of America’s John Murphy.
Honda hasn’t launched pricing but, however the outgoing CR-V begins at $26,800.