After being teased with the exterior and the interior some time ago, Honda has finally taken the lid off its all-new 6th generation CR-V crossover SUV and it looks amazing in its true form.
Let’s start with the exterior, Honda took inspiration from the Ridgeline and Passport TrailSport models, designing a more pronounced horizontal beltline and increasing the width by 0.4 inches. In addition, the 2023 CR-V is 2.7-inches longer and its wheelbase has grown by 1.6-inches but the most intriguing change is the repositioning of the A-pillars, so they now sit 4.7-inches further back, 2.8-inches more outward, and 1.4-inches lower. Honda has also shifted the wing mirrors to the doors. The upright grille expands on the hexagonal shape seen previously. Likewise, the accent strip that runs across the front is straighter and finished in chrome or black. A subtle kink accents the slim LED headlights.
On the interior, well it’s nothing new as its inspiration is from the latest Civic with a metallic mesh trim piece running across much of the dash below a standard 7.0-inch or available 9.0-inch infotainment screen. The larger screen adds wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the smaller screen still requires the use of a cord. A 7.0-inch screen features as standard in the instrument cluster. An available 12-speaker Bose setup is the first branded audio system Honda has offered in a CR-V. The centre console isn’t quite as copy-and-pasted as the dashboard. It encloses the gear selector within a binnacle that contains toggles like the drive mode selector and parking brake.
Under the hood, the base powertrain in the EX and EX-L is the same 1.5-litre turbo-4 that makes 190-hp in last year’s model and is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Sport and Sport Touring both use a hybrid powertrain, which features a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. The system produces a total output of 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 3 hp and 15 lb-ft over last year’s Hybrid model. For the first time, hybrid models will also be able to tow up to 1,000 lb, and Honda says the system will now do a better job of mimicking the stepped acceleration feel of a gas drivetrain. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims except for the Sport Touring, with all-wheel drive optional. Standard hill descent control and a new snow mode have been added for 2023 as well.