The new generation of Honda’s bestseller is on the way and the latest reports suggest it will arrive in 2022, as the 2023 Honda CR-V. Considering that the current generation is still one of the best models in the class, we may presume that Honda engineers won’t experiment too much and that most of the changes will be evolutionary. This refers to all aspects of the vehicle, including the powertrain, which should remain largely the same.
The test mule has already been spotted and even though it still wears complete camouflage. However, we can clearly see that the new model is about to feature a little bit larger body, with a more aggressive stance. Of course, the all-new styling will come as well, just like the new interior design. As we already mentioned, bigger changes under the hood probably won’t happen and the new 2023 Honda CR-V should come both with gasoline and hybrid powertrain on the offer.
2023 Honda CR-V Redesign
The current generation of Honda’s compact crossover has set some pretty high standards, so it’s no wonder that the expectations from the new model are very high. From what we know so far, the new 2023 Honda CR-V will ride on the same platform as the new 11th-generation Civic, as was expected. We count on a longer wheelbase, which will also allow the company to put three rows of seats on the inside.
Furthermore, the new platform will bring other improvements as well, such as a lower center of gravity. Combined with the new suspension setup, this will definitely have a great impact on handling and overall ride quality. Still, we are pretty sure that the new model will also put focus on comfort, which has always been one of CR-V’s characteristics.
As we’ve just mentioned, the test mule has been spotted on the road. It still wears camouflage, so we can’t talk about more specific details regarding styling. Still, we presume that the new model will bring a little bit sleeker design approach and a more mature look.
From what we can see on the test mule, it looks like the new generation will be bigger. It will feature bigger dimensions and another thing we can also see is a longer hood, which should make this crossover look sportier than before. The wheelbase should gain a few inches, while the rear overhang also seems pretty respectable. All this indicates that we may expect more space on the inside, but we will get on that in a minute.
The first thing we should talk about is the 2023 Honda CR-V interior space. Considering that the wheelbase will be longer, we presume there will be more passenger space, even though the current model is already pretty impressive in this aspect. The biggest benefit of this size increase will be the addition of the optional third row. In that way, the CR-V will get an extra point in the super-tough competition and become one of the few models in the class that can accommodate seven passengers. At this point, there are just two compact crossovers with three rows of seats – VW Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander. Of course, we have no doubt that the new generation will also offer one of the biggest cargo areas in the class, as that has always been one of CR-V’s strongest points.
Of course, we count on the new dashboard design as well. If you look at the current model, it features a pretty impressive interior quality. However, younger rivals simply look fancier, so we may presume that the new 2023 Honda CR-V will come with a more stylish dashboard design, with more attractive shapes, nicer materials and more tech features.
2023 Honda CR-V Engines
As we already mentioned, we don’t believe that the next-generation 2023 Honda CR-V could bring bigger changes under the hood. Therefore, base models should continue with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which currently puts out 190 horsepower and which could come slightly upgraded for this occasion. This engine comes coupled with a CVT gearbox and features pretty impressive fuel economy, which currently goes around 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Of course, there is also a hybrid version, which uses the same setup as the Honda Accord hybrid, which combines a 2.0-lite inline-four with a couple of electric motors. The combined output goes around 212 horsepower, while the average fuel economy goes around 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
2023 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
We expect that the next-generation 2023 Honda CR-V will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester etc.