The 2023 Honda CR-V is coming soon. It is gunning for the top spot in the small SUV vehicle segment. The Hyundai Tucson is the current top dog, but it could lose its position to the latest CR-V model.
The 2023 Honda CR-V is a complete redesign
The CR-V has been completely redesigned for the 2023 model year. Its exterior and interior are both updated.
The 2022 Honda CR-V was competitive, but the latest iteration features some much-needed tech improvements, and the new exterior design doesn’t hurt its case for the best small SUV either. The 2023 Honda CR-V features a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The 2022 CR-V comes standard with a 5.0-inch infotainment system.
The latest CR-V also comes standard with plenty of new advanced safety and driver assistance features like Blind-Spot Warning. The small SUV features a rear-seat reminder and a driver monitoring system. The new CR-V is safer and smarter than ever.
Better standard tech could be the edge it needs to give the Hyundai Tucson a real run for its money. Honda is also offering a more powerful hybrid option for the 2023 model year. The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid makes a massive 247 lb-ft of torque thanks to its two electric motors. The Hybrid CR-V will be able to tow more than earlier CR-V models thanks to the power boost from the electric motors.
The new CR-V is still a friendlier face than the Hyundai Tucson for drivers
The new Hyundai Tucson may have propelled to the top of its vehicle segment, but it hasn’t always been as competitive as it is now. The Honda CR-V, on the other hand, has been a standout model in its segment for years. The CR-V has consistently battled with the Toyota RAV4 to be the most popular SUV in America.
The CR-V has been in production since 1995. The Tucson didn’t hit the scene until 2004. The Honda CR-V has a longer production history, and it has been popular for longer than the Tucson. The latest CR-V could stop the Tucson in its tracks and prevent the nameplate from having two exceptionally successful years in a row. Will the Honda CR-V put the Tucson in its place, or is this the beginning of a long popularity streak for Hyundai’s small SUV?
According to Kelley Blue Book, Hyundai sold 84,071 Tucson units as of July 2022. Honda sold 116,602 CR-V units as of July 2022. It turns out that despite the rankings and reviews of many automotive publications, the CR-V is still more popular than the Tucson even before the latest model has arrived.
Is the 2023 Honda CR-V the best CR-V yet?
The 2023 Honda CR-V is a major improvement over the 2022 model year. It’s the best CR-V model yet, thanks to better standard tech, a more powerful hybrid option, and more advanced safety and driver assistance features.
Read more about one of its greatest rivals, the Hyundai Tucson, in the next article below.