How the new engine line makes the Honda CR-V 2023 more powerful than before

When it comes to reliable transportation, Honda Toyota is among the top contenders in the auto industry. Over the years, Japanese conglomerates have consistently topped the reliability charts and outperformed American brands like Ford and Chevrolet.

Aside from making some of the most popular models, Honda is also the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines. This, combined with years of experience, has led Honda to gain a significant foothold in the global automotive field.

Among Honda’s popular models is the compact CR-V. Launched in 1997, it didn’t take long for the CR-V to become a favorite in American households. With its versatility and robust build, Honda has been able to produce plenty of CR-Vs over the course of several decades. With millions on the road and the number on the rise, it’s easy to deduce how well the CR-V has fared in this hotly contested segment.

For 2023, Honda introduced the newly updated CR-V with plenty of feature upgrades and styling tweaks. Also, engine options have been improved over the outgoing model, as are the all-wheel drive system and CVT transmission.

2023 Honda CR-V gets two inline-fours with four engines

While Honda says the engines have been improved, we haven’t tested them yet. Also, the powertrains shown are basically the same units as the previous model. There’s a 1.5-liter turbo engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the only transmission option available is the CVT. This powertrain is standard on EX and EX-L grades. Switch to the Sport and Sport Turing, and you get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors making 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive can be selected on the Sport model, while the Sport Touring gets all-wheel drive as standard.

We don’t expect the compact crossover to deviate from its well-established reputation as a down-to-earth and somewhat mediocre moving company. While we haven’t yet tested the new SUV, we’re pretty sure Honda has kept the Honda CR-V’s Civic roots largely intact. However, Honda says the new CR-V drives sportier overall thanks to a modified, stronger chassis that features 15 percent increased torsional rigidity and stiffer front and rear subframes. But the question is, are these enough to give the new CR-V a noticeably sporty edge? We’ll have to wait and find out.

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2023 Honda CR-V Comes With Contemporary Interiors

Honda has done its part to keep the new generation of the CR-V refined and sophisticated. Although we wouldn’t call it best in class, there are still plenty of useful features offered in the Honda CR-V 2023. You get a 7-inch color display with a physical speedometer to the right. Honda’s decision to go with a partial digital screen in this day and age is disappointing. However, the saving grace is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can access these smartphone connectivity features on the 9.0 inch HD color touch screen. But the larger screen is only available on the EX-L and Sport Touring models. The entry-level EX and Sport trim are available with a smaller 7.0-inch screen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What you’ll appreciate is the touch of the climate-controlled rotating knobs and Bose’s premium 12-speaker sound delivered on a top-spec Sport Turing.

Honda claims the 2023 CR-V has excellent rear passenger space, which we don’t think is false advertising. There’s plenty of room on offer, and the extra space goes mainly toward the comfort of the rear passenger. This is all good news, given that the CR-V is being marketed as a compact SUV. In practice, the CR-V has a cavernous trunk that provides 36 cubic feet of cargo space on the Hybrid models, while the gas-powered CR-V gets an additional three cubic feet with an adjustable load floor. You’ll also find usable compartments on the door cards and under the center console.

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Are these upgrades enough to make the CR-V 2023 a winner?

CR-V is already a successful nameplate in the United States. With the added feature and design upgrades, its appeal has only risen. Plus, you also get Honda reliability as standard. What reviewers have mentioned is how beautiful the entire car is. The quality of the plastic is great, and things are designed with longevity in mind.

As for pricing, the 2023 Honda CR-V is expected to start at $29,000 for the EX version, while the high-spec Sport Turing is estimated to cost around $39,000. Sure, the new CR-V is more expensive than its predecessor. Times have changed, but you get a lot of equipment for the money. It is a completely new platform, things are more advanced and in line with modern standards. Overall, the 2023 CR-V is a winner.

Sources: Honda

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