The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring has undergone several upgrades that enhance its appeal to buyers seeking a Honda crossover SUV. These include improvements in its interior, standard features, torque, fuel efficiency, and design. The vehicle is now the top choice for those looking for a Honda crossover SUV.
In Canyon River Blue, the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring’s latest edition is now available and has a larger size compared to its predecessor. The vehicle’s length and wheelbase have increased by 2.7 inches and 1.5 inches, respectively, offering more space for passengers and cargo. Moreover, it is now wider and taller. Honda has been increasing the sizes of their vehicles, with the new HR-V becoming similar in size to the old CR-V, and the new CR-V comparable to the Passport.
With a stepped grille that is wider and bolder, the new CR-V’s razor-thin running lights are placed under a hood cut by twin flanks, similar to the Passport. Bold black exterior trim pieces, 18-inch wheels, and rectangular exhaust finishers are some of the features present in the Hybrid Sport Touring model. Despite these changes, the new CR-V still maintains its typical CR-V look.
The CR-V Hybrid has a spacious interior that can comfortably accommodate five passengers. The back seats have ample headroom and legroom, measuring 41.0 inches. The rear seats can also be reclined for greater flexibility, and the hybrid technology does not compromise much of the interior space.
Additionally, the rear doors open almost 90 degrees, and the low cargo floor makes loading and unloading easy. The 2023 CR-V Hybrid has an elegant interior that is similar to the Civic. It features a blend of darkened metallic mesh trim, rubberized plastic, and climate control dials, providing a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere that complements the ample storage areas throughout the vehicle.
Standard features in the CR-V Hybrid include an 8-way power driver seat with heating, a 9.0-inch touchscreen (Sport Touring) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sport Touring variant, which we tested, also includes wireless phone charging and connectivity. The 2023 CR-V comes equipped with updated adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, traffic sign recognition, and a driver attention monitor, as well as a strong safety record.
Equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring edition delivers a combined output of 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, representing a 3 hp and 15 lb-ft torque increase from the previous CR-V Hybrid model.
With a battery pack that allows it to run on electric power at low speeds and with a light accelerator pedal, the hybrid vehicle is equipped with four driving modes that offer an efficient balance. The power transfer between the engine and motor is almost indiscernible in Eco and Normal modes, and the simulated gear changes imitate those of a conventional automatic transmission.
Behaving like a typical compact crossover, the CR-V Hybrid is well-suited to the road, working in harmony with it instead of working against it. In addition, it is more fuel-efficient, smoother, quieter, more responsive, and quicker off the starting line. The front-wheel-drive CR-V Hybrid has received a fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
However, in tests, it fell slightly short of the highway estimates. The regenerative braking system has four levels that can be controlled via paddle shifters or the “B” gear setting in the shifter. Although it lacks one-pedal driving, the CR-V Hybrid is capable of towing up to 1,000 pounds, which is a first for this model.
We test drove the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring for a week, which featured a Canyon River Blue exterior and a black interior. The SUV has an MSRP of $38,600, and there are no additional options available to increase the price, resulting in a total price of $39,845.
Among other compact crossovers in the highly competitive market, the Honda CR-V stands out as a top contender, alongside the Toyota RAV-4 and Hyundai Tucson.
Although the Volkswagen Tiguan is slightly longer, it’s not a practical choice due to the limited functionality of the third row. In comparison, the CR-V, RAV4, and Tucson offer gas and hybrid models, with plug-in hybrid options that boast an impressive electric range of up to 42 miles.
While the Rogue offers excellent value with its well-equipped design, it falls short due to the lack of a hybrid option, unlike the CR-V, RAV4, and Tucson.