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2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Model year 2023 introduces the new and improved Honda CR-V. This sixth-generation version of the ever-popular compact crossover arrives with a refreshed exterior look that’s more rugged and refined at the same time. One of the most prominent attributes of the redesigned CR-V is the signature honeycomb grille and dashboard treatment (also found in the latest Civic and HR-V). The new CR-V is 2.7 inches longer and a touch wider, too, giving it a bit more rear-seat legroom, or 76.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat down. For the hybrid model specifically (which is what we’re covering on this page), the trims on offer are called Sport and Sport Touring. With their updated two-motor/gasoline engine hybrid powertrain, these are the most powerful versions of the CR-V.

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As far as the technology part of this redesign, the Sport has a new 7-inch touchscreen to handle its infotainment duties. This display grows by two inches in the Sport Touring, and wireless smartphone connectivity is added. The ’23 CR-V Hybrid is also equipped with the updated Honda Sensing suite, which now has a wide-view camera and radar system, as well as standard blind-spot monitoring, hill descent control, traffic jam assist, and low-speed braking control. Honda has also added a drive mode specifically for traveling in snow.

Horsepower

204hp

Hybrid Powertrain

Torque

247 lb-ft

High-Torque Traction Motor

Fuel economy

43/36 MPG

EPA estimate, 2WD Sport

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

Both the Sport and Sport Touring trims of the CR-V Hybrid get Honda’s new two-motor gas-electric system. It consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a pair of side-by-side electric motors that produce a total system output of 204 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. An electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) controls the standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive system. With FWD, the ’23 CR-V Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. With AWD, it returns 40 city/34 highway.

Standard Features

The Sport has an assortment of must-have features and today’s conveniences, including auto-on/off LED headlights, LED taillights, a moonroof, gloss-black roof rails and heated side mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, dual chrome exhaust pipes, and Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, which offers the convenience of proximity entry and doors that lock automatically. There’s also a 7-inch driver information interface, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, center console ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, and a functional 60/40-split rear seatback with a folding center armrest. The Sport Touring adds leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, a tailgate with hands-free access, additional ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a driver’s seat with two-position memory, a front passenger’s seat with power adjustments, and – new for 2023 – wireless phone charging.

Active Safety Technologies

As we mentioned, the latest version of Honda Sensing comes standard on the ’23 CR-V Hybrid. The most exciting update in the suite is the wide-view camera system; Honda has also added blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, hill descent control, traffic jam assist, and low-speed braking control. Holding down the fort from the previous generation are the familiar technologies of automatic high beams, forward collision warning with mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and traffic sign recognition. The Sport Touring is enhanced with front and rear proximity sensors for more confident parking.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Sport’s infotainment system consists of the aforementioned new 7-inch touchscreen plus Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. The Sport Touring’s system jumps to a 9-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, a high-end Bose audio system (12 speakers), navigation. Remote vehicle monitoring through the HondaLink app is accessible with both trims, although the Sport Touring is eligible for more exclusive subscription services. Three USB-C charging ports (one in the front console and two in the second row) and one front-console USB smartphone/audio interface are supplied, along with two 12-volt power outlets (one in the front console and one in the cargo area).