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Redesigned With You in Mind: The 2023 Honda CR-V

So what’s going on with the 2023 Honda CR-V? Let’s start with what we already know about the CR-V. The compact crossover SUV is one of the Japanese automaker’s most popular SUVs on the market. Its size and durability make it suitable for a variety of tasks and lifestyles. Whether you have a family or like to go it alone, the CR-V offers flexibility when it comes to seating and cargo space, plus a top-notch fuel performance and a rugged nature that is ready whenever the next adventure calls. We love that this SUV is perfect for getting around or going out of town, making it the ideal vehicle for people on the go.

Now that we got the introduction out of the way, what’s going on with the CR-V in 2023? Well, we’re happy to say it’s exciting news! The Honda CR-V boasts a refreshing redesign. That means that not only will the new CR-V be packed with more performance and safety features, but drivers will appreciate a slightly larger cabin and updated infotainment system.

The 2023 Honda CR-V EX starts out at $31,610, but drivers looking for more have the option of leveling up to one of the other three trim choices that range from the Sport Hybrid, EX-L, to the high-end Sport Touring Hybrid. The Sport Touring Hybrid is the CR-V’s top trim choice and will set you back $39,100. At that price, drivers can expect to unlock the trim’s 204 horsepower two-motor hybrid powertrain system, which means more driving, more power, and more savings at the pumps.

Whether you decide to go for the base trim or the high-end option, the CR-V won’t disappoint. We’ve taken a look at all the CR-V has to offer drivers in 2023, and we have to admit, it’s an impressive machine. If you’re looking for a compact crossover that packs a major punch, the CR-V won’t let you down. Check out below to find out all about the latest CR-V has to offer drivers for 2023.

The CR-V Had a Big Change for 2023

The 2023 CR-V is better in every way, from its great engine choices to its growing frame. That’s right! The CR-V has grown a few inches for 2023. Now boasting a wider stance and longer wheelbase, that overall increases the vehicle size by up to make it over two inches longer and over an inch wider than before. This means a slight increase when it comes to cabin room. Drivers will enjoy making use of every inch of the CR-V’s 76.5 cu.ft. of cargo space, which means more than enough room for luggage, camping gear, or everyday essentials like groceries or school materials.

The seating offers drivers loads of options when it comes to making use of the interior space. The second-row seats can recline, fold, or split to offer you the flexibility to relax or flatten the seats completely, depending on your needs. To make it easy to organize your space, the 2023 CR-V comes with a large center console that is large enough to fit your everyday items like phones, gloves, tablets, charging cables, and anything else the day might call for. Inner and outer trays help keep your items in place and within easy reaching distance, so you’re not fumbling around searching and can instead keep your full attention on the road ahead. To make the space feel even airer, the standard One-Touch Power Moonroof lets in the sun and fresh air, creating a great space and alternative view for passengers in the front or second row.

The black interior of a 2023 Honda CR-V is shown from the driver's seat.

Two Great Engine Choices and Performance Features

The CR-V offers drivers two great engine options depending on the trim level they decide to go with. The 1.5L turbocharged I-4 engine kicks out 190 hp with 179 lb-ft of torque for the ultimate driving experience that includes smooth and responsive handling. Having excellent fuel efficiency is something the CR-V prides itself on, so you get ratings of 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. This is great news if you often have to tackle daily commutes or enjoy jumping behind the wheel for an impromptu road trip.

If you’re looking to save yourself even more money at the pumps, then the CR-V is ready to help you do it with its two-motor hybrid powertrain that delivers peppy power with 204 hp and an attention-grabbing fuel economy of 43 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The hybrid trim doesn’t just boast first-class fuel economy and saving but lets you up the ante with Sport Mode. This mode offers rapid acceleration and throttle response for an exhilarating drive every time you get behind the wheel.

If winter driving stresses you out, opt to get your new CR-V’s equipped with Real Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control System for extra traction and control when you need it the most. And to help out, drivers can take advantage of the SUV’s Snow Mode, which gives them the confidence and control they want when roads get slick.

Confidence and Technology at Every Turn

The 2023 CR-V is designed with drivers and their families in mind. The Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control allows you and your front passenger to stay comfortable at a temperature that works for each of you. While the CR-V’s available heated steering wheel font seats help take the edge off chilly, damp days.

The wide, low rear cargo hold opening makes it easier than ever to load, unload, and rearrange your cargo without struggling or straining. Got your hands full? No worries! The Hands-Free Acces Power Tailgate means all you have to do is tap your foot under the bumper to open the rear hatch for easy loading.

Whether or not you’re a technology person, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the CR-V’s updated infotainment system that is user-friendly and conveniently located within fingertips length of the driver seat. For even easier viewing, level up to the available nine-inch touchscreen that lets you go wireless and seamlessly sync your smartphone with Apple Carplay or Android Auto for a fully customized driving experience. Bring along your favorite playlists and audiobooks while getting real-time navigation to help you find your way.

A grey 2023 Honda CR-V is shown from the rear at an angle.

If you’re really looking forward to ditching that tangle of chargers and wires, say hello to wireless charging. Jump in, set your compatible smartphone on the wireless charging pad, and you’re ready to go. But in case you’ve got extra tablets or a device that still needs charging, the CR-V offers front and rear USB ports for easy connectivity.

Honda’s first-class technology extends to its standard Honda Sensing Suite, a package of premium safety and driver assist features designed to keep you and those you share the road with safe. The suite includes Honda’s famous Collision Mitigation Braking System that not only alerts but offers driver’s assistance in case of a possible collision. Honda’s Sensing Suite gives drivers the confidence and an extra set of eyes to make daily driving easier and stress-free.

The CR-V Is at the Top of Our List

We thought the CR-V was great before but now it’s definitely at the top of our wish list. The Compact crossover SUV from Honda is bigger and better in more ways than one. We love that it now offers more cabin space that can be used to increase passengers’ comfort on long road trips or make more room for all of our camping gear.

The choice of two powertrain systems, along with up to four trim options, gives us more than enough flexibility to choose the level of power and performance our day calls for. Frankly, what isn’t there to love about the CR-V? If the price is right (and it is), we say go for it! Get behind the wheel of the 2023 Honda CR-V and check out all the features the crossover has to offer. Simple, basic, but never boring, the CR-V is ready to make your year a little easier.