Even if you only drive most of the time around the streets of Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro, it’s impossible to ignore the increasing cost of gas. More and more drivers are therefore looking to hybrids as a more fuel-efficient option. However, the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V is far more than just an economical version of the new CR-V. The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid is now the highest-specification, most potent, and probably most desirable CR-V ever.
Honda has never been afraid to push boundaries with the exterior styling of the CR-V over the years, and the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid looks like the culmination of years of styling evolution. The new exterior has the rugged face and classic silhouette that any vehicle needs to be taken seriously in this highly competitive compact crossover segment. But it’s also extremely sporty, contemporary, and even a little sleek, with plenty of the best styling cues borrowed from other recent additions to the Honda family.
This all-new sixth generation of the massive-selling CR-V is 2.7 inches longer and 0.4 inches wider than the previous generation. And with a 1.6-inch increase in its wheelbase, the 2023 CR-V Hybrid now has a more assertive and aggressive presence on the outside and extra cargo and passenger volume on the inside.
As well as being the most fuel-efficient version of the all-new CR-V, the 2023 CR-V Hybrid is also the most powerful version of the new model with the best performance. There are four models in the 2023 lineup, and the top two, the Sport and Sport Touring trims, both get the new fourth-generation, two-motor hybrid powertrain as part of their standard specification. The new system is a refined, direct-injected 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine mated to a pair of side-by-side-mounted electric motors.
The system’s combined output is 204 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque, which is three horsepower and 15 lb.-ft. more than the previous generation. In terms of performance, the top speed rises from the previous 86 mph to 115 mph, but at the same time, the engine noise has actually reduced. The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid also adds a Sport driving mode to the ECON, Normal, and Snow modes the non-hybrid models get.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard, so there’s no need to raid the options list for the best safety features. Blind-spot monitors, Traffic Jam Assist, Low-Speed Braking Control and Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assist are all included. But they really are just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s even an enhanced wide-angle camera and radar system that helps prevent collisions by recognizing vehicles, pedestrians, white lines, curbs, cyclists, motorcycles, and even road signs. Even the humble front airbags are improved to minimize the potential for severe trauma by adopting an innovative donut-shaped structure to cradle and hold the head to reduce rotation.
The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid is far more than a new CR-V with better fuel economy. The CR-V Hybrid is now the pinnacle of the CR-V lineup, especially in the opulent Sport Touring trim. Experience the new CR-V Hybrid for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 632-9741 to schedule a test drive for a time that’s suitable for you.