2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Review, Pricing, and Specs (2024)

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  • Highs Smooth hybrid powertrain, impressive fuel efficiency, spacious and pleasant cabin.
  • Lows Hybrid not available on cheaper trims, disappointing real-world highway fuel economy, slightly less cargo space than nonhybrid.
  • Verdict The CR-V Hybrid is a standout compact SUV thanks to its superior combination of efficiency, spaciousness, and overall refinement.
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Overview

The Honda CR-V has long been a highly practical and sensible choice among today’s compact, two-row SUVs, and the hybrid version of the new sixth-generation, 10Best-winning model only increases its appeal. With its impressive fuel economy and smooth power delivery, the gas-electric setup that comes standard in the CR-V’s two top trim levels is a worthy upgrade over the nonhybrid models’ base turbocharged engine. The Hybrid's combination of a gasoline four-cylinder engine and electric motors provides 204 horsepower and offers quicker acceleration than the nonhybrid—and it’s quieter, too. No matter whether you choose the standard front-wheel-drive setup or the optional all-wheel-drive configuration, the CR-V Hybrid is our favorite version of our favorite small crossover. The downside is that you have to pay extra for all this goodness, as Honda doesn’t offer the less expensive trim levels with the hybrid powertrain.

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What's New for 2023?

All versions of the CR-V are new for 2023, and the redesigned model boasts new styling inside and out along with many welcome new features. Honda also reconfigured the lineup to tie the hybrid powertrain to certain trim levels: the Sport and Sport Touring trims come only as hybrids, while the LX, EX, and EX-L come only as nonhybrids.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at $33,750 and goes up to $40,450 depending on the trim and options.

    The fully loaded Sport Touring model’s long list of equipment is enticing, but its significantly higher price is tough to justify. We recommend the front-wheel-drive Sport, which is a good value and is rated at an impressive 40 mpg combined by the EPA. All-wheel drive is a $1500 option on the Sport and comes standard on the Sport Touring but be advised that it drops the EPA combined fuel economy rating to 37 mpg.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The CR-V’s hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors, produces 204 horsepower—which is more than the nonhybrid model’s 190 hp. The combination is smooth, quiet, and satisfying, if not particularly quick. At our test track, the Sport Touring Hybrid hit 60 mph in a respectable 7.9 seconds. While the Sport Hybrid can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, the latter is standard on the Sport Touring Hybrid. While it lacks the handling thrills we love in the Mazda CX-50 and the Volkswagen Tiguan, the new CR-V provides a smooth ride and enough moxie to avoid being boring to drive.

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      Towing and Payload Capacity

      The CR-V Hybrid is rated to tow 1000 pounds when equipped with optional towing accessories, which is 500 pounds less than the nonhybrid is rated to tow.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The most fuel-efficient CR-V is the front-wheel-drive Sport Hybrid, which achieves 43 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. On our real-world 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, the all-wheel-drive Sport Touring Hybrid—rated for 40 mpg city and 34 mpg highway—achieved a significantly lower result, registering 31 mpg for our standard 200-mile test run. For more information about the CR-V Hybrid's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Spacious, logically laid out, and comfortable, the CR-V Hybrid’s interior is a pleasant place to spend time. Whether you’re in the driver’s seat or the rear seat, there’s plenty of space to stretch out. Honda incorporates nice materials, especially in the leather-equipped Sport Touring, and the honeycomb-texture trim over the air vents adds visual interest to the dashboard. We also like how the controls are laid out logically, from the touchscreen audio and infotainment adjustments to the trio of climate-control knobs lower on the center stack. There’s also a digital display screen in the gauge cluster that can be configured to show different bits of information. The cargo area is spacious, holding 11 carryon suitcases with the second-row seats in place, and those rear seats fold down easily to expand that space to hold up to 29 suitcases.

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        Infotainment and Connectivity

        The Sport Hybrid has a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Sport Touring upgrades to a significantly larger 9.0-inch screen that can mirror your smartphone wirelessly. The Sport Touring also has a built-in navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a wireless phone charging pad.

          Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

          Every CR-V Hybrid comes with lots of driver-assistance features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Sport Touring comes standard with even more features, including blind-spot monitoring. For more information about the CR-V Hybrid’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

          • Standard lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning
          • Standard automated emergency braking
          • Standard adaptive cruise control

          Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

          There's nothing particularly special about the CR-V's limited and powertrain warranties. Both include coverage periods comparable with most competitors. On the other hand, Honda will start offering complimentary scheduled maintenance on 2023 models, which includes the new CR-V.

          • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
          • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
          • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for two years or 24,000 miles

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          Specifications

          Specifications

          2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring
          Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

          PRICE
          Base/As Tested: $39,845/$39,845
          Options: none

          POWERTRAIN
          DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 145 hp, 138 lb-ft + AC motor, 181 hp, 247 lb-ft (combined output: 204 hp, 247 lb-ft; 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack)
          Transmission: direct-drive

          CHASSIS
          Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
          Brakes, F/R: 12.3-in vented disc/12.2-in disc
          Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
          235/55R-19 101H M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 106.3 in
          Length: 184.8 in
          Width: 73.5 in
          Height: 66.5 in
          Passenger Volume: 104 ft3
          Cargo Volume: 36 ft3
          Curb Weight: 3914 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 7.9 sec
          1/4-Mile: 16.3 sec @ 85 mph
          100 mph: 24.7 sec
          Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.
          Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.0 sec
          Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
          Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec
          Top Speed (gov): 111 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 30 mpg
          75-mph Highway Driving: 31 mpg
          75-mph Highway Range: 430 mi

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/City/Highway: 37/40/34 mpg

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