Introducing the All-New 2023 Honda CR-V
Our team is excited to share the details of the All-New CR-V, a sporty, rugged crossover SUV, modernized with an updated and sophisticated design.
This new sixth generation CR-V is even more refined and builds on Honda’s new design direction.
With the introduction of this new vehicle, we are pleased to take you through some of the CR-V’s updated design, suite of available technology, performance capabilities, as well as the multiple safety features of this remarkable new vehicle.
The 2023 CR-V models are offered in a total of four available trim levels: LX, Sport, EX-L, and the first ever Touring Hybrid
The LX, Sport and EX-L models are powered by an updated 1.5-litre turbo engine with additional refinement, improved emissions, performance and 190 horsepower (SAE net at 6,000 rpm).
Enhancements include a new high-efficiency, high-response turbocharger and 4-2 exhaust port cylinder head that helps the 4-cylinder engine maintain peak power over a broader range of rpms. The Engine noise has also been reduced significantly for a much calmer, quieter cabin.
Available for the first time in Canada, the CR-V Hybrid Touring features an all-new two-motor hybrid-electric system with a newly refined 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine, mated to a pair of electric motors that are now mounted side-by-side. The all-new CR-V Touring debuts with a new, more advanced 4th-generation hybrid-electric system for a fuel-efficient, sporty and more capable driving experience.
Proudly, the sixth-generation CR-V will continue to be built in Canada, at Honda of Canada Mfg., which has been designated as the lead manufacturing plant for the CR-V in North America.
All-New Design for 2023
Beginning with the exterior, the 2023 design is best described as rugged and sophisticated. The Sport and Touring models offer a bolder look. This look is derived by further advancing Honda's rugged exterior design direction for its light trucks, taking inspiration from the recently redesigned Honda Ridgeline and Honda Passport TrailSport models.
A strong horizontal beltline highlights the increase in overall length (+68.6 mm longer), while a 40.6 mm longer wheelbase and 10.1 mm of additional width give it a stronger, more aggressive stance and presence.
The sportier proportions begin with the repositioning of the windshield’s pillars which greatly improves visibility. New door-mounted side mirrors aide in greater outward visibility.
Emphasizing the strong new styling is a large, upright grille, a long hood and standard LED headlights. LX and EX-L feature a piano black grille mesh with chrome trim and body-colour side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A sleek roof spoiler in matching body-colour and new, all-LED signature vertical taillights make this sixth generation CR-V instantly recognizable from the rear.
The Sport model and Touring Hybrid model feature even bolder styling. Aggressive front and rear facias and grille mesh are highlighted with a gloss black accent, and Sport and Touring models have trims with unique rectangular exhaust finishers. The unique lower bumper design is piano black on Sport and platinum on Touring models.
The CR-V Sport rides on Berlina Black 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, while the Touring model features 19-inch split 5-spoke machine-finish alloys.
Moving to the interior, the All-New CR-V sports a clean, high-quality feel of materials along with upscale touches. This modern interior is predicated on the new Honda design direction. This new generation CR-V is both more comfortable and spacious than any past generation. Notably, a larger front-to-rear-seat distance and more rear seat legroom, by 15.2 mm. The rear seats now feature eight angles of recline, for increased comfort.
Presenting in front of the driver, the instrument panel, which has been designed with minimal cutlines to reduce windshield reflections and other visual distractions. The striking metal honeycomb mesh that spans the dash serves as both form and function, concealing the air vents that would otherwise mar an uncluttered and harmonious design.
The new front seats offer body stabilizing attributes that also help reduce fatigue over long drives. The steering wheel angle is more sedan-like, for a more comfortable and sportier driving position.
When it comes to cargo, the new CR-V has you covered! The 2023 CR-V has the most cargo room in the model's history with a whopping 1028 L available behind the rear seats (+34 L).
With the LX, EX-L and Sport trims, the rear load floor can be lowered, expanding the cargo space to 1112.8 L. The 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold flat, which expands the cargo space even more.
There are various design, upholstery and dash trims available, from the Sport trim with black cloth upholstery and black dash trim. The Touring comes with available black leather seating surfaces and piano-black dash trim. Touring models come standard with a black headliner and orange contrast stitching on the seats (black leather), console, steering wheel and shifter for a modern and sophisticated look.
Technology has been smartly integrated into the CR-V's new cabin with a focus on the driver. Smart technology now includes a digital instrument display and a larger standard touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.
First up, all 2023 CR-V grades are equipped with a 7-inch colour LCD instrument display. An all-digital speedometer and tachometer are on the left side of the instrument panel, while a physical speedometer dial occupies the right side. The 7-inch multi-information colour display also features user-selectable functions such as Honda Sensing® settings, vehicle information and much more.
The LX and Sport trim-levels have a new 7-inch touchscreen audio system, standard on LX and Sport with physical knobs for volume and tuning, and a simplified menu structure.
The storage area in front of the shifter is wide enough to accommodate two smartphones side-by side, accompanied by two illuminated USB ports, a 2.5A USB-A and the latest 3.0A USB-C that are also standard. For passengers in the rear, two illuminated 3.0A USB-C charging ports are standard on the Touring trim-level.
With the EX-L and Touring models, a 9-inch touchscreen with a physical volume knob, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility are standard. A simplified navigation structure with fewer menus, Qi-compatible 15W wireless smartphone charging is also standard.
CR-V Touring comes with a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, custom-engineered for the new interior. Featuring Bose Centerpoint 2 technology and SurroundStage digital signal processing, this new system places all passengers right in the middle of the music, regardless of their seating position. The result is a clear and spacious listening experience for all occupants.
The standard 7" (and available 9") touchscreen is your portal to the centralized system that controls your settings and tech features in the CR-V. Like the available aforementioned 12-speaker BOSE® system (including subwoofer) and the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™* with bilingual Voice Recognition.
CR-V Performance Features
A sportier and more engaging driving experience was created through a revised chassis that boasts a significantly stronger frame structure. The result is a crossover SUV that’s engineered to perform and designed to match your active lifestyle.
For 2023, the CR-V is not only more powerful, but it’s even more capable as a Hybrid model, which is the standard powerplant on the Touring trim-level.
Available for the first time in Canada, the CR-V Hybrid Touring features an all-new two-motor hybrid-electric system with a newly refined 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine mated to a pair of electric motors that are now mounted side-by-side. This new configuration offers more power and a sportier driving feel with the use of a larger and more powerful propulsion motor with increased torque output.
Combined system output has increased to 204 horsepower, while the traction-motor peak torque rises to 247 lb.-ft. of torque, making the 2023 CR-V Hybrid Touring the most powerful CR-V ever.
Every gas-only powered CR-V trim boasts a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged VTEC® 4-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft of torque. While the continuously variable transmission (CVT) offers a wide ratio range for a more fuel-efficient, natural-feeling drive.
The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for the 1.5-litre turbo has been updated to reduce noise and vibration. Significant drivability and performance improvements include Step-Shift programming, which simulates familiar gear changes when at full throttle.
An updated Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ greatly improves traction management in slippery conditions, like snow and mud. Available on LX, and standard on Sport, EX-L, and Touring, the system can now send up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels.
For the first time, the CR-V features Hill Descent Control. This system is now standard right across the entire CR-V lineup. This system increases off-road capability with more control on steep, slippery declines. Drivers now have the ability to select speeds between 3 and 20 km/h.
Real Time AWD™ With Intelligent Control System™
The new CR-V is surefooted and confident in any condition you can throw at it. The available Real Time AWD™ with Intelligent Control System™ is engineered to give a solid ride by delivering an intuitive response when loss of traction is detected. The system automatically transfers torque to the wheels to help you focus on the road ahead.
The new CR-V features four driving modes: Normal, ECON, Snow and (available) Sport mode.
The Drive-by-Wire Throttle System™ helps enhance smooth and controlled acceleration at any speed.
Safety First! When it comes to safety, Honda leads the way, and the new CR-V is at the head of the pack.
Safety and technology are now more connected than ever before. Safety features now incorporate many technological and performance features to help keep you safe on the road. Working in harmony, Honda’s safety and technology are designed together to help keep you and your passengers safe.
For all current vehicles, Honda’s Safety Features are broken into two sub-categories: Active Safety & Passive Safety.
The following are some key features and options, but are not limited to either category.
1. Active Safety
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
- LED daytime running lights
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) With Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®)
These Active Safety systems help detect possible problems and emergencies when you simply can’t react quickly enough.
2. Passive Safety
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with Traction Control
- Hill Descent Control
- Next-Generation ACE™ Body Structure
- Six Standard Airbags
- Childproof rear door locks
- Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system
- Advanced front airbags
The sixth-generation CR-V is a leader in crossover SUV safety performance, thanks to the standard advanced Honda Active and Passive safety technology.
The All-New CR-V features Honda’s latest version of its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) architecture, specifically designed to meet present and anticipated future collision standards, while minimizing additional weight. Extensive use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum and high-strength steel help in this effort. For the first time, CR-V features standard knee and rear-passenger side impact airbags.
CR-V now features a Driver Attention Monitor, which issues a warning on the dash when it senses the driver is becoming inattentive. Standard Rear Seatbelt Reminder and Rear Seat Reminder are new to CR-V; the latter notifies drivers to check the rear seating area for children, pets or other precious cargo when exiting the vehicle. With CR-V, Honda has you covered!
Honda Sensing® Technologies
A new Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies integrates a new wide-angle camera with millimetre-wave radar. This new camera features a 90-degree field of view, while the radar has a 120-degree field of view. This wide angle improves collision prevention performance through an improved ability to recognize attributes of objects, such as vehicles or pedestrians, as well as white lines, road boundaries (like curbs), other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, and road signs. The wide angle also enables expanded control range for CR-V at intersections.
Blind spot information is now standard. Also new are: Traffic Jam Assist, Low-Speed Braking Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Additionally, there’s more natural responses for existing features, such as: Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, & Lane Keeping Assist.
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