A compact SUV can make the perfect vehicle for someone who wants a car with athletic handling and a high stance but one that still has a tight turning radius and conservative fuel economy. The 2023 Honda CR-V offers all of that and more. This affordable compact SUV is the ideal combination of fun and practical. Its turbocharged engine will give you the responsive acceleration you expect from a smaller vehicle, while its spacious cargo and advanced safety features show its SUV DNA.
The 2023 Honda CR-V is a decent option for small families and young professionals alike. It is up for the challenge of carpool life or weekend camping or shopping excursions. Honda has loaded the vehicle up with features that make your ride safer, easier, and more convenient at every turn. From advanced driver assist features to easy-to-use infotainment to surprising touches throughout the cabin, there’s a lot to explore in the 2023 Honda CR-V.
Everyone from the driver to the backseat passengers should feel comfortable in the 2023 Honda CR-V. It’s rich with features to keep everyone content, starting with the ten-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support. This will help drivers easily adjust the height and angle of their seat for ultimate comfort and visibility and to prevent problematic lower back pain. These features come standard on all trims of the 2023 CR-V.
The EX-L and Sport Touring Hybrid get the addition of two-position memory for the driver, meaning your driver’s seat can remember the preferred settings for up to two drivers. This saves you from having to readjust every time you get behind the wheel. Those upper trims also get power-adjustable seating for the front seat passenger, so even they can achieve that ideal angle and height.
Heated front seats come standard on every trim to keep the driver and passenger toasty on cold days. The Sport Touring Hybrid gets the addition of a heated steering wheel to quickly warm up your hands on frigid days. You also get dual-zone auto climate control, allowing the driver and front-seat passenger to select their preferred temperature.
As for the rear seats, these are highly configurable. They can recline for comfort, as well as fold down entirely or split when you need extra cargo space. That makes it easy to create room for extra-long items on one side while leaving a rear seat up on the other. Or, when you’re heavier on cargo than passengers, put those rear seats down completely to have up to 76.5 cu.ft. of cargo space at your disposal.
If you look straight ahead while in the driver’s seat, you’ll notice a beautifully displayed information interface. Here you can see critical information like RPMs, fuel levels, and battery charge on the hybrid. It’s all digital, so those figures will always appear crisp and clear, even in low-light settings.
Between the driver and front seat passenger, you’ll find a center console. It’s massive enough for all of those little essentials you need to keep nearby, like snacks, sunglasses, and gloves. It also has trays to keep items organized.
Look up, and you’ll find the one-touch power moonroof, offering a stunning view of your surroundings when you want it. This comes standard on all trims of the 2023 CR-V. It’s also worth noting that the trunk boasts a low and wide opening for easy loading.
Enjoy the confidence you need to explore the road ahead with the thoughtful and advanced driver assist features. First off, you’ll get the Intelligent Control System. It senses when rear wheels are losing traction and sends the perfect amount of power back there to help you regain control. This makes the 2023 CR-V ready to tackle a variety of terrain. The snow mode helps with that, too, which makes the appropriate adjustments to various systems when it senses slippery, icy roads beneath your tires.
While the CR-V is spacious, that doesn’t mean its dimensions lead to a fuel efficiency drop. On the contrary, the 2023 CR-V has a conservative fuel economy. Its gas engine models get an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway with front-wheel drive.[b] Jump to the hybrid, and those numbers increase to an EPA-estimated 43 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway, with 204 horsepower that will deliver thrilling acceleration.[b]
The 2023 CR-V is also rich with driver-assist features that will help you stay informed about impending hazards and changing road conditions. One of these is the available blind spot information system, which is ready to let you know if someone is creeping up in your blind spot. It also has a multi-angle rearview camera, giving you an even more comprehensive look at what’s happening around your vehicle while you’re backing up.
If you want a little extra help parking, you’ll love the parking sensors that will notify you when you’re getting too close to other cars or objects during tricky parking jobs. It’s even got a cross traffic monitor, which will alert you of oncoming traffic when you’re backing out of driveways. Backing up is one of the trickiest maneuvers in a vehicle, and the CR-V is loaded with features that make this action easier and safer. You’ll also get standard features like the road departure mitigation system, which alerts you when you’re veering off the road, and a collision mitigation braking system to alert you of an impending crash and activate the brakes if you fail to react in time.
You’ll never feel bored or out of touch in the 2023 CR-V, thanks to the CR-V's infotainment features. First off, it’s got Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, empowering you to use the smartphone features you love right on your touch screen. These are even wireless on the upper trims. That screen, by the way, is a crisp and clear seven or nine-inch one with incredible graphics and an intuitive layout. It even allows you to create smart shortcuts to get to the features you love most faster.
Next, you get a wireless charger on the upper trims, so you can power up your smartphone without using messy, tangled cords. If you do want to plug in, you get a USB-C port in the front seat on all trims. Move up to the Sport Touring Hybrid, and you get a USB-C port in the front and back so rear seat passengers can have their own way to plug in.
Drivers who opt for the Remote Package get even more command, including when they’re away from their vehicle. Paired with the HondaLink app, this package lets you do things like remotely lock and unlock your vehicle, remotely locate your SUV, and even remotely turn on the ignition and adjust the temperature. So you don’t need to worry about things like losing track of your vehicle in a huge parking structure or getting into a freezing cold car again. This feature is also a lifesaver if you find yourself far from your parked car, unsure if you remembered to lock it. Just check the app, and if you need to lock it, you can do so from wherever you are.
Finally, there is the option to get a premium Bose sound system with twelve speakers and a subwoofer. You’ll enjoy the Bose sound system when you want to bump those tunes or enjoy a podcast on your road trip. When it comes to high-quality audio, audiophiles will want to opt for this system.