2023 Honda CR-V: Everything you need to know about the RAV4 rival

2021 was the year of the all-new Honda HR-V compact SUV, and next year, the next generation 2023 Honda CR-V will break cover giving Honda customers in the United States brand new models in the compact and mid-size SUV segments. Here’s what we know on the future iteration of America’s favorite crossover-SUV.

Exterior

The shape and styling of the next-gen Honda CR-V were revealed in spy photos shot in March 2021. The snaps reveal quite a lot about the redesign. The familiar crossover shape will repeat, but it will be tougher and more assertive. The nose will likely be more upright, giving it a more aggressive presence.

Adding to the aggression will be slimmer headlamps that squint at the outer ends. A chrome strip should connect the upper edge of the lights. The radiator grille is likely to be boxier with straighter borders. On the sides, the CR-V’s spy shots show a new trapezoidal quarter glass. The 2023 CR-V’s design could be like no CR-V before it: horizontal combination lamps instead of vertical or L-shaped lamps at the rear. And the license plate? It would be on the upper portion of the tailgate.

2023 Honda CR-V rendering
A speculative rendering from TopElectricSUV previews the 2023 Honda CR-V in a more mature and practical design.

Above is a speculative rendering of the 2023 Honda CR-V by TopElectricSUV, reflecting these qualities. The front of the new CR-V is bolder and more powerful, as evident by a larger hood, a larger grille, and a more athletic bumper. A lowered roofline and a longer greenhouse should improve space and more natural light inside the cabin, respectively. Unlike the old model, the D-pillars don’t slant forward as much. With a more confident stance and an expanded interior, this new CR-V will change customer’s perspective about the crossover’s design and practicality.

Interior

2022 Honda Civic interior
The 2023 Honda CR-V may borrow some interior bits from the 2022 Civic (pictured). Image Source: Honda

The 2023 Honda CR-V will have a simpler interior that aligns with the brand’s new philosophy – “Simplicity and something.” Honda may use a slimmer dashboard and clean up the CR-V’s center console by relocating the infotainment system screen and reducing the number of physical controls there. The company will likely mount the touchscreen panel atop the dashboard, making it more easily accessible to the driver and keeping the console clean. Another significant change should be the adoption of a 10.2-inch fully digital instrument cluster. It is safe to assume that wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto will be available.

Specification

On the powertrain front, Honda will likely upgrade the third-gen two-motor hybrid system for improved fuel economy and performance. In the 2021 CR-V Hybrid, the powertrain clubs a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine with two motors with flat wire technology for a total power of 212 hp. One is a 181 hp generator/starter motor, and the other a propulsion motor. The vehicle operates the majority of the time as a series hybrid. The propulsion motor drives the wheels while the engine generates electricity for the traction battery and/or the propulsion motor. The system can switch to parallel hybrid operation when it sees the need for more power.

Honda CR-V 7-seat third-row seats
Honda may build the 2023 CR-V in a seven-seat version as well in the United States. The company doesn’t offer the seven-seat version in this market. Image Source: Honda

Like the current version, the sixth-gen CR-V may have a plug-in hybrid variant in the lineup globally. However, with its all-electric SUV, Honda Prologue, due in 2024, Honda may not release two models in the same segment with a plug.

Price & Release Date

The 2023 Honda CR-V will probably arrive in American Honda showrooms in the final months of 2022. It should be available as a hybrid EV right from launch. Expect prices to start at around USD 27,000 for the gasoline variant and around USD 32,000 for the hybrid variant.

2023 Honda CR-V FAQs

What is the 2023 Honda CR-V release date?

The 2023 Honda CR-V will likely go on sale in H2 2022 in the United States.

What will be the 2023 Honda CR-V price?

The next-gen CR-V may start at around USD 27,000 for the gasoline variant and around USD 32,000 for the hybrid.

Which SUVs will be the 2023 Honda CR-V alternative?

Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson & Kia Sportage will be some of the many 2023 Honda CR-V alternatives.