Behind the Wheel

2023 Honda CR-V — The Legacy Lives On

2023 Honda CR-VModel tested: Honda CR-V Hybrid AWD TRG

Engine: 2-liter, direct-injection 4-cylinder

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Horsepower: 145

Torque: 138 lb.-ft.

EPA ratings: 40/city, 34/highway, 37/combined

Base price: $38,600

As tested: $39,845

Overview: The 2023 Honda CR-V, Honda’s popular compact SUV, is an impressive vehicle that maintains the model’s longstanding reputation for reliability and practicality. With its modern design, enhanced features and commendable performance, the CR-V continues to be a popular choice in the highly competitive compact SUV segment — and with good reason.

Walkaround: The 2023 CR-V features a smooth, contemporary design that has evolved over time and strikes the right balance between a refined demeanor and a sporty appearance. The restyled front grille offers a more assertive face, while aerodynamic body lines contribute to improved fuel efficiency and a smoother ride. LED headlights and taillights finish off the design with a style that provides enhanced visibility and an added touch of sophistication to the overall exterior look.

2023 Honda CR-VInterior: Inside the cabin, you’ll find a spacious, well-designed environment that emphasizes comfort and practicality, utilizing high-quality materials and showcasing ergonomically arranged controls. The leather-trimmed power seats in our test-driver were both comfortable and supportive, with the rear seats offering generous legroom and headroom. The CR-V also boasts impressive cargo space behind the rear seats. The CR-V is packed with technology and infotainment features. The 9-inch, color infotainment touchscreen features Honda’s intuitive interface, providing easy access to all controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and an available wireless charging pad and multiple USB ports cater to tech-friendly passengers. Our test-driver also featured the Bose 12-speaker audio system and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls for many functions. A comprehensive suite of driver-assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking, enhance the safety of the CR-V.

Behind the wheel: Under the hood, the 2023 CR-V offers a choice of two powertrains. The base model comes with a reliable 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. However, our test-driver featured the optional 2-liter, hybrid powertrain that combines gasoline and electric motors to maximize fuel economy and reduce emissions. Boasting extraordinary fuel economy, the hybrid is an impressive option for environmentally conscious drivers. The CR-V’s smooth and responsive handling and braking delivers a pleasant driving experience in both city and highway traffic conditions.

Bottom line: The CR-V continues Honda’s well-established legacy as a reliable, comfortable and technologically advanced compact SUV. With its stylish design, spacious interior, advanced safety features and commendable fuel efficiency, the CR-V is a top contender in the competitive compact SUV market — and a worthy choice for those seeking versatile and dependable transportation.