2023 Honda CR-V First Glimpse Shows a New but Familiar Look

Photo credit: Honda
Photo credit: Honda
  • Honda has released teaser images showing the 2023 CR-V.

  • It will have new styling and what Honda describes as a "more advanced hybrid system."

  • More information will come this summer, and we expect the new CR-V to go on sale in the U.S. by the fall.

Honda is redesigning many of its SUV models this year, with a new 2023 HR-V on its way and a new Pilot slated to arrive later this year. For now, it's the bestselling CR-V's turn, and Honda has just released the first photos of the 2023 CR-V. These teaser images show the compact SUV's new front- and rear-end styling. Based on previous spy photos, we expect the new CR-V to grow a bit compared with the current model, and its new headlights and taillights, along with a larger grille, should give it more presence on the road.

Photo credit: Honda
Photo credit: Honda

With this new generation, Honda will emphasize the CR-V's hybrid powertrain more than before, as it intends for this model to become half of the sales mix. We expect the new hybrid setup to be a bit more powerful than the current CR-V Hybrid, which makes a combined 212 horsepower. EPA combined fuel economy, which currently sits at 38 mpg, may improve as well; in our long-term test of a 2021 CR-V Hybrid, we averaged 30 mpg overall.


We expect the CR-V's nonhybrid powertrain to be the same turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four that's currently standard, possibly with a bit more grunt than the 2022 CR-V's 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. It will likely continue with a continuously variable automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive.

Honda is also describing the new CR-V as more "rugged" and "adventurous," which suggests that it may gain a TrailSport trim level similar to the larger Passport and Pilot SUVs. In the CR-V's case, this is likely to include mostly appearance tweaks, along with different tires and possibly minor enhancements to the all-wheel-drive system or drive modes. The existing LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels should carry over as well.

Look for more concrete information to come on the CR-V within the next few months, including engine specs, pricing, and feature details.

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