2023 Honda CR-V Preview

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

Overview

The Honda CR-V is one of the most prolific vehicles on the road today. This much-loved compact crossover, which was introduced to U.S drivers in 1997, quickly became a sensation among drivers because of its practicality, drive quality, and fair pricing. Five generations of the CR-V have graced the auto industry, and for the upcoming 2023 model year, it enters its sixth generation with a considerable redesign. There’s quite a bit to unpack here, so if you’re curious to see what the all-new CR-V is about, then keep reading.

Sharp New Design

The Honda CR-V is looking better than ever for 2023 with a simplified design that prioritizes clean lines, modern angles, and an overall more handsome aesthetic. It’s longer and wider than the outgoing model, too, which results in a leaner and more assertive appearance. These size increases don’t merely add up to aesthetics, though, as they also allow for more interior space. Some of the ’23 CR-V’s fresh exterior highlights are its black honeycomb grille flanked by thin LED headlights and striking dual front-end air vents on the high-end Sport Touring trim level.

A Classy Interior Makeover

The ’23 CR-V will arrive flaunting a clean, elegant, and thoroughly modern interior design. It uses the same honeycomb dash insert as two other recently redesigned Honda’s, the 2022 Civic and 2023 HR-V. This design works to conceal the air vents and gives the interior a simpler and more purposeful look. As we mentioned in the section above, the ’23 CR-V’s larger proportions increase its interior space. Rear-seat legroom has expanded by about a half an inch, and since the second-row seats now recline, the occupants can sit back and relax more effectively. Not only that, but the ’23 CR-V’s scalloped roof extends second-row headroom so that taller passengers feel less cramped.

The CR-V has always been well-known for its excellent cargo space, and the 2023 model expands that. Behind the second-row seat, the 2023 CR-V will provide approximately 36 cubic feet of storage space. In the EX and EX-L, you’ll be able to lower the cargo floor and increase cargo space even more. As for connectivity technology, the base CR-V will have a 7-inch touchscreen that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In the pricier trims, a 9-inch display with wireless smartphone connection will be the rule, along with a wireless phone charger and a series of USB-A and USB-C ports.

Powertrains

Under the hood of the all-new CR-V will be one of two powertrains: a standard internal combustion and a hybrid. The gas-only model will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the outgoing 2022 CR-V; however, it features a revised continuously variable transmission (CVT) that simulates traditional gear shifts for a more engaging experience. Meanwhile, the Sport and Sport Touring trims will get a gas-electric hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and twin electric motors. They combine to produce 204 hp and 257 lb.-ft. of torque and are now rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds. The standard drivetrain in the redesigned CR-V will be front-wheel, but all-wheel drive – which is standard in the top-spec Sport Touring – will be offered.

Active Driving Aids

Honda is packing this CR-V with an assembly of advanced driving aids. The familiar systems will still be included (like forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and low-speed braking control), but so will standard blind-spot monitoring and hill descent control, as well as a new drive mode for helping drivers navigate snowy conditions.