2023 Honda CR-V First Look Review: The Best-Seller Gets Better

2023 Honda CR-V First Look Review: The Best-Seller Gets Better



Honda is melding the regular and hybrid lineups into the core CR-V brand with this new generation crossover. The engine in the base Honda CR-V is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Civic Si, tuned in the EX and EX-L to develop 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The latter arrives 300-rpm earlier than before and has a wider spread from 1,700-5,000 rpm. This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission and matched to front-wheel drive.Stepping up to the Sport and Sport Touring increases the engine displacement to 2.0 liters but removes the turbo. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder is an Atkinson cycle motor paired with a new two-motor side-by-side hybrid system. Combined, the system generates 204 hp according to the ISO net measurement – an increase of 3 hp over the old hybrid CR-V – and 247 lb-ft.Front-wheel drive remains, except for the Sport Touring, which is exclusively all-wheel drive, an option on lesser trims. AWD also adds hill descent control for the first time, in addition to Normal, Econ, and Snow driving modes. Sport and Sport Touring models have a Sport mode, too.There’s no word on 0-60 mph times or the top speed, but the increased hybrid assistance has boosted towing capacity to 1,000 lbs – the first time the CR-V Hybrid has been rated to tow.