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Honda CR-V Hybrid Review: A Perfect Sporty & Efficient Car

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# Honda CR-V Hybrid Review: A Perfect Sporty & Efficient Car


Honda has revamped its best-selling model, the CR-V, for the 2023 model year, marking the sixth generation of the small SUV. The focus has now shifted towards the hybrid version as Honda prepares to transition its lineup to fully electric vehicles.


The 2023 CR-V offers two powertrain options. The LX, EX, and EX-L models are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In comparison, the hybrid version features an updated two-motor system with a more potent electric motor generating 181 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system, combined with a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, produces 204 hp and 247 lb-ft, delivering power to either the front or all wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

**Efficiency and Performance**

The CR-V Hybrid boasts impressive fuel efficiency ratings of 43 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and slightly lower figures with all-wheel drive. Additionally, improvements in towing capability and off-road performance have been made, along with driving modes that enhance the overall driving experience.

**Driving Experience**

The CR-V Hybrid provides a spirited driving experience, particularly in Sport mode, balancing power and efficiency effectively. It offers a smooth ride, responsive steering, and a well-balanced suspension. The cabin is spacious, with increased legroom and cargo space, making it comfortable for long journeys.

**Interior and Technology**

The cabin of the CR-V Hybrid reflects a modern design with upgraded technology and materials. Standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and an improved infotainment system. Safety features are comprehensive, with Honda Sensing driver aids included as standard across all trims.


The starting price for the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid is $34,245 for the Sport version, with an additional cost for all-wheel drive. The range-topping Sport Touring model, which includes all-wheel drive, is priced at $40,395.


The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid offers a compelling package with increased power, fuel efficiency, and a stylish design compared to the gas-powered models. With its improved performance and enhanced features, the CR-V Hybrid stands out as a top choice in its segment.

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