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Yes, it has always been CR-V Good winter vehicle. However, other automakers, Subaru in particular, have made their crossovers more of a winter-focused vehicle. They simply had more capacity – until now.
For 2023, Honda is taking the already capable CR-V to the highest level for those battling with harsh winter weather. Three distinct changes will make the CR-V even easier to use when snow builds up and snow begins to harden on our driving surfaces.
2023 Honda CR-V Snow Mode
All modern crossovers now come with driver-selectable modes that help them perform at their best in certain situations. For 2023, Honda is adding Snow Mode to its list of features. While putting snow may seem unnecessary with an all-wheel drive system, it isn’t. Snow Modes change the transmission and throttle settings and the AWD setting for skidding before the vehicle is moved. Our 15th year Toyota Highlander Long Term Snow Mode makes a big difference in snow conditions. Honda made a wise choice to add Snow Mode to the 2023 CR-V line.
2023 Honda CR-V AWD Changes
Honda’s CR-V has always used front-wheel drive biasing. It’s a front wheel drive platform, after all. However, in 2023, all-wheel drive (AWD) will be able to send more thrust to the rear wheels. Up to 50% in certain cases. Honda has updated its real-time all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Control to improve traction management in slippery conditions, such as snow and mud. This system will be available in all trims and standard on Sport Touring,
2023 Honda CR-V Hill Descent Control
Hill Descent Control (HDC) is one of those features you seem like you’ll never need. While this is true if you only drive on pavement in warm conditions, HDC can make a big difference if you try to go down a steep hill in slippery conditions. We have used HDC on many vehicles in the real world. Your author has a remote cabin on an unpaved seasonal road. In the winter, a section of steep slopes can prevent travel – unless one has the proper equipment. HDC allows the vehicle to disembark in greater safety and control. It’s definitely a feature that you should try to believe. For shoppers like me, Honda’s addition of HDC to the CR-V means I can now consider this model for my needs.
We all know that a set of winter tires is the most important feature anyone can have in the winter. However, once you have the winter tires, all of these new CR-V features will allow you to have an even higher level of safe (and exciting) winter driving. If you were a Honda fan who searched for Subaru winter cars in the past, you now have a serious alternative to consider.
John Gorham He is a longtime member of the New England Motor Press and a recovering engineer. John’s interest in electric vehicles dates back to 1990 when he designed an EV battery thermal control system as part of an academic team. After earning his degree in mechanical engineering, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with manufacturers of automotive components, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotechnology. In addition to Torque News, John’s work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets, and he provides reviews for many auto shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTokToknCars, at Twitterand check out his credentials on Linkedin
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Winter Hill image by John Gorham. Photo of the CR-V Hybrid courtesy of Honda.