Fully-Specced 2023 Honda CR-V Has An Eye-Watering Price Tag

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We don't expect anyone to equip the Japanese crossover like this, though.

Pickup trucks aside, can you guess what the best-selling vehicle in America was last year? With 407,739 units sold, it was the Toyota RAV4. An unsurprising result when you consider the value for money, reliability, safety, and extensive lineup to suit most people's pockets. But trailing just behind was the Honda CR-V, with 361,271 examples sold.

Competent as it was, the outgoing Honda felt outdated compared to its Japanese rival. To stand a chance at claiming the sales crown, Honda unveiled an all-new model this year. American Honda has officially launched the latest variant's configurator, giving us a better look at what's on offer.

With the costlier Hybrid trims only coming later this year, we have just two choices for the time being; EX ($31,110) and EX-L ($33,760). At CarBuzz, we always aim to build the priciest variant to see what the maximum is you'll spend, so we'll be going with the EX-L trim. As a reminder, this model is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter with 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque.

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Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT, but for an additional $1,500, buyers can specify all-wheel drive. In terms of design, Honda offers the new CR-V in as many as eight colors. Only four shades are no-cost options; the rather ravishing Canyon River Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Meteorite Grey Metallic.

Four additional colors - Platinum White Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, Still Night Pearl, and Urban Grey Pearl - are available for an extra $395. We've opted for Still Night, as the vivid blue shade works well with the CR-V's angular design. Depending on your specified exterior finish, there are up to two interior color schemes.

Our specified color only permits a black cabin finish, but Honda offers a gray combination for certain exterior colors. This may sound limiting but Honda does, at least, provide the EX-L trim with standard leather upholstery. There are also piano black inlays and power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger.

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Interestingly, the EX-L is available with a trio of wheel designs. The standard 18-inch wheels are attractive enough, but those seeking a sportier look will be drawn to the sportier styles. For $1,800, you could either specify black-painted five-twin-spoke wheels or HPD wheels finished in bronze.

We've gone for the black-painted wheels, as they complement the paintwork nicely. A total of five packages are available, three of which are so-called protection packages. Ranging from $323 - $460, these packages provide accessories such as chrome wheel nuts, splash guards, and cargo trays.

The HPD ($1,745) and Utility Packages ($1,780) are far more interesting. The former lends the CR-V some sporting flair thanks to fender flares, a tailgate spoiler, and front bumper trim. We could do without the tacky HPD decals, though. The latter is more practical and includes usable items like a trailer hitch, roof rails, and running boards. Only the All-Season Protection Package II ($393) is available in conjunction with these packages.

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Liberal ticking on the options list pushes the price of the CR-V to $41,493, but there are still more accessories to choose from. A variety of adventure-minded accessories are available. There are too many to list, but items include a tent ($408), a snowboard attachment ($262), and a bicycle frame mount ($211). Also on offer are various protective visors for the doors, hood, and sunroof.

This applies to the interior as well, where the only options worth talking about are the heated steering wheel ($460), auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink ($245), and illuminated door sill trim ($325). Elsewhere, buyers can also specify USB charging ports for rear passengers at $155.

Spare no expense, and it's possible to spec a CR-V EX-L to just over $46,000. To put that into perspective, a base BMW X3 has a starting price of $45,400. Of course, no one will ever specify all the accessories, and most CR-V owners will exercise restraint when purchasing their Japanese SUV. Expect the forthcoming Hybrid models will be even pricier.

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