The 2023 Honda CR-V Is the Ideal SUV

November 11th, 2022 by

A grey 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid is shown driving through a city.

From the moment that Honda began selling vehicles on the North American continent, it’s proven itself to be a brand that offers an alternative for the average consumer. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, they provided fuel-efficient vehicles that could go further on fewer fill-ups. That tradition has certainly carried over into the modern age, with the Accord, Civic, and, most notably, the CR-V providing options that are beyond basic expectations.

The CR-V is what we’re focussing on today. Redesigned for the upcoming model year, the 2023 Honda CR-V is here to once again go against the grain and serve as the ideal vehicle for the average consumer. With an upgraded style and improved features, you aren’t going to want to miss checking out the 2023 Honda CR-V for sale. Here are just some of the things we like about the 2023 Honda CR-V.

Bold New Look, Same Great Vehicle

As you’ll see, there are a lot of significant changes that coincide with the 2023 model year. The redesigned CR-V might still be on the small side of the spectrum, but its tall, arching body has been replaced with a new design that certainly helps set it apart from past incarnations. The new body of the CR-V bears a closer resemblance to the standard designs that are lower to the ground. And while one might suggest that this is adapting to the popular style, the CR-V’s new jet black honeycomb grill adds some much-needed distinction to elevate the redesign to new heights.

Ideal Performance for the Real World

One of the trademarks that have been long synonymous with Honda has been their scaled-down, smaller engines that focus more on conservative fuel consumption and not copious amounts of horsepower. To this end, the CR-V carries on this tradition with exceptional results. The standard offering is a turbocharged 1.5L turbo four-cylinder paired with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission.) The CVT has been very effective in recent years at limiting fuel usage when traveling in the stop-and-go traffic prevalent in city driving.

The EPA, which recently did testing on the gasoline-powered CR-V, had some exciting results to report. The front-wheel drive version of the CR-V boasts an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined. The all-wheel drive version of the same engine gets an EPA-estimated 27 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.[a] All these years later, Honda is still providing economical fuel solutions.

A grey 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring is shown driving with bikes on the roof.

Interior Motives

Sitting behind the wheel of the redesigned CR-V, by all accounts, is a treat for the senses, both in terms of comfort as well as style and aesthetics. One of the first things that are noticeable is the positioning of the seven-inch infotainment screen. Placed above the dash at eye level, similar to what Tesla has been doing in recent years, it allows easy accessibility to the various apps and features while not taking your eyes off the road. Sitting in comfortable seats not only produces an exhilarating feeling but has also been proven to reduce driving fatigue––a plus for anyone planning on taking a lengthy family road trip.

Perhaps what makes the interior design so striking is the fact that Honda has chosen to model it after the widely-popular Civic. The Civic is popular for its sporty feel that’s merged with the concept of practicality. This school of thought is present throughout the CR-V’s striking redesign, and longtime Honda fans will certainly take notice that this is an SUV that appeals to the senses.

While the CR-V has been known for its smaller-than-average size, which lends itself to the vehicle’s easy handling and maneuverability, there are still the typical attributes that come with the vehicle. Its roomy interior also provides ample storage for those who need it. With an available 76.5 cubic feet of room for cargo, you’ll have enough space on any trip you decide to undertake.

Tech-Savvy and Accessible

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce the fact that today’s vehicles are more complex than they’ve ever been. While the tech features bestowed upon the CR-V for the upcoming model year are intricate, they’re incredibly user-friendly. You’ll have minimal difficulty navigating the controls and finding everything you’re looking for. The infotainment center is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, and navigation is available for those who enjoy going on adventures. The upper-tier trims come with a high-quality 12-speaker Bose stereo system, which will certainly provide plenty of enjoyment.

One of the unique tech features that is available for the 2023 Honda CR-V is HondaLink. By integrating with your smartphone via an app, you’ll be able to perform a variety of tasks with the simple click of a button. Not only will you have the ability to locate your vehicle, unlock it, and even start it from a distance, but you’ll also have the ability to check the mileage, fuel, and even the oil level.

Safety and Driver Assistance

Honda, like many other brands out there, is concerned with making sure its vehicles are as safe as possible. There can be a lot of uncertainty when traveling on the road, but the modern features put into vehicles being produced now help to mitigate some of the risks. The standard set of driver assist features is known as Honda Sensing, and it comes standard on the 2023 Honda CR-V. While the features offered by the many manufacturers in the industry tend to be similar to one another, their accessibility varies greatly. While some are content with adding a heavier price tag for peace of mind, Honda believes in accessibility.

The features that Honda has made standard are nothing short of abundant and remarkable. The normal features that many would expect to be standard are certainly present, such as the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist System. However, Honda also includes some you will only find in higher trims from other brands, such as the Traffic Sign Recognition System, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, and Traffic Jam Assist. With so many standard offerings, Honda has raised the stakes among its competitors.

A popular Honda CR-V for sale, a blue 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid, is shown parked in the desert.

Where to Find a 2023 Honda CR-V

The mark of a good manufacturer is one who’s willing to defy expectations for the benefit of their customers. As we’ve shown here, the 2023 Honda CR-V is that concept fully realized. With incredible performance, a keen eye for safety and technology, and a bold redesign that serves as a feast for the senses, there’s something here that anyone can enjoy. The competition in the SUV market is fierce and volatile, but Honda just proved that it’s ahead in the game.

If you are ready to test drive this Honda model for yourself, you can do so at Gwinnett Place Honda. Gwinnett Place Honda not only carries the CR-V and the other current offerings from the Honda fleet but a wide variety of used vehicles as well. You’ll find a knowledgeable and friendly sales team who will help you through every step of the buying process, and when you leave our lot, our commitment to you continues in the form of routine service from our parts center. If you want to see the 2023 CR-V for yourself, we invite you to come check it out at our dealership.

[a]28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX & EX-L trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX & EX-L trims. 43 city/36 highway/40 combined mpg rating for the 2WD Sport trim. 40 city/34 highway/37 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport & Sport Touring trims. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.