There are no cheap seats left in the Honda CR-V lineup.
Later this month, the new 2023 Honda CR-V will arrive at dealerships. The first shipment of turbocharged models will show up at dealers on September 22, with hybrid models coming in October. Now, we have pricing for America's best-selling crossover as it enters a new generation.
First things first, there are four trim levels on offer for the 2023 model year, split into two non-hybrid and two hybrid versions. The LX and Special Edition trims of the old crossover are done away with. That means you now start at what was the mid-spec EX with a price starting at $31,110, excluding a $1,245 destination charge. While this makes the base price of the Honda CR-V $4,310 more than the old model, the EX is only $1,700 more than its 2022 namesake.
The EX gets 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, a few digital dash displays, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power sunroof.
Stepping up to the EX-L builds on the base model's features by adding leather seats, a nine-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, eight speakers, and low-speed braking control. For these privileges, you pay $33,760 in front-wheel-drive form.
Both the EX and EX-L are powered by a 1.5 -liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a CVT producing 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with FWD by default, but AWD is available for an extra $1,500 on both trims.
The final two trims, Sport and Sport Touring are solely available in hybrid form. More specifically, it's a 2.0-liter four-pot producing a combined 204 hp and 247 lb-ft. This engine is also significantly more efficient than the 1.5-liter, managing 43/36/40 mpg city/highway/combined for the FWD Sport versus 28/34/30 mpg on the FWD EX. The Sport can be had in both FWD and AWD configurations, starting at $32,450 for the former and $33,950 for the latter.
On top of the aforementioned items, Honda adds new gloss black exterior accents to the Sport, as well as new exhaust tips and Berlina Black 18-inch wheels. Inside, Honda has "Sport-specific" seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob.
The CR-V Range is topped off by the Sport Touring trim, which is available only with AWD. For that, you'll be paying $38,600 before options.
Before your almost-$40K is spent, Honda throws in 19-inch wheels, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
Standard on all models, the Honda Sensing safety suite includes traffic jam assistance, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assistance. Also new for the latest model is rear-seat reminder functionality.
While it may be more expensive, the 2023 CR-V is larger and better equipped than ever before. Combine that with more power and better gas mileage, and it looks like a shoo-in against aging rivals like the segment's best-selling Toyota RAV4.