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We’re here to confirm that the Honda CR-V Hybrid holds tons of potential as an excellent daily driver. It has plenty of advantages to consider over the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, and Nissan Rogue. But the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid could also be improved. 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Pros and Cons 

A side view of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid’s pros and cons are important to consider because while this SUV saves fuel in style, it doesn’t always live up to its fuel estimates. It’s rated to receive an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and up to 36 mpg on the highway. 

But, the keyword there is estimated, and the figures are for models without AWD. Adding AWD makes the vehicle heavier, and as a result, we hovered around 32.3 mpg for our entire week with this refined beast. The EPA estimate for the AWD CR-V Hybrid is 40 city/34 mpg hwy, with a combined estimate of 37 mpg. While 32.3 mpg is a solid number for a hybrid SUV, it’s not living up to the EPA estimate.

Also, while the Honda CR-V has an improved ride quality and more sound insulation, the hybrid powertrain still manages to disrupt the cabin. Check out more of the most important aspects to consider. 

1. PRO: The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid is spacious 

The side view of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid interior
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid interior | Honda

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid welcomes people of all shapes and sizes in the first and second rows. The front seats are massive and well-padded for hours of comfort. There are tons of adjustment controls for finding the ideal driving/riding position. 

You don’t feel cramped because there is plenty of head and leg room. Plus, the second row is also comfortable and massive. At 5’1″, I felt like I had enough room to camp out back there. Taller kids and adults won’t have to sacrifice any space. Plus, the rear seats recline. 

You can access up to 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear and up to 76.5 cubes overall. The seats fold flat to create a level cargo floor, but the liftover height is a bit high. 

2. PRO: The CR-V Hybrid is sporty 

Just because something is a hybrid doesn’t mean it’s dull. The older days of things like the Toyota Prius and other electric vehicles racing snails are gone. 

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid packs an engaging punch by pairing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to generate 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. 

That keeps it competitive among others in its class and a whole second faster than the outgoing CR-V model. The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid sprints to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The transmission shifts are smooth, the steering is direct, and the brakes are confident. Placing the CR-V Hybrid in Sport mode increases response times and stiffens the brakes to noticeably spice things up. 

3. PRO: The 2023 CR-V Hybrid is effortless 

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid driving on a dirt road
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Honda

You can relax and take your mind off of things in the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid. You don’t have to hyper-fixate on driving as the smooth ride and quiet interior melt your stress away. 

The large windshield and rear window prevent blind spots, and safety features such as blind spot warning and lane keeping assist are effective without extremely loud and surprising alerts. 

Even though the CR-V Hybrid is larger than the previous generation, it only has an 18.65-foot turning radius. It’s easy to quickly park and maneuver through tight areas without worrying about hitting surrounding obstacles. 

Also, the tech is intuitive and fast. You can find the settings you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. There’s no tech-related confusion involved for a stress-free experience

1. CON: The Honda CR-V Hybrid could be a little more modern

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid interior and dash
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid interior | Honda

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid just launched a new generation for this iconic SUV, but some of the tech and design elements don’t feel modern. For example, while the 7.0-inch touchscreen is easy to use, it’s a bit small. The 9.0-inch unit is reserved for higher trims. 

The graphics look great, and the system is fast, but the camera resolution could be improved. At times, the backup camera looks grainy, and our Sport model didn’t have camera views for parking. 

While wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is available, it’s limited to higher trims instead of being standard across the entire lineup. Also, the digital guage cluster is a bit basic, despite showing crucial driver information. 

The sunroof is a little small, while rivals have moved on to large panoramic options. But the interior does have more upscale materials with a modern layout. 

2. CON: Where is the CR-V Trailsport? 

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid off-roading in mud
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

There is a 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport and a Passport TrailSport, so what’s taking so long with the 2023 Honda CR-V TrailSport? During our off-roading testing, the 8.1-inch ground clearance was a nice start, but we would like some extra lift. 

We would have enjoyed the extra grip with all-terrain tires as well. The CR-V does have an AWD system with downhill descent control and a snow mode, but an off-road mode would be a nice addition. 

Also, the TrailSport models have a 360-degree camera that we missed out on the trail. It makes navigating around obstacles and turning around in the woods much easier. But this con is only valid for those seeking a more active lifestyle. 

Overall, the new CR-V Hybrid is athletic, comfortable, and convenient. The tech works well, even if it could be a little more advanced. Stay tuned, because the CR-V Trailsport might arrive soon.