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The 2023 Honda CR-V is the latest small SUV from Japanese automaker Honda. The CR-V has been completely redesigned for the 2023 model year. It’s more expensive than ever before. Only one Honda CR-V model comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Only this Honda CR-V comes standard with all-wheel drive

A white 2023 Honda CR-V small SUV is driving in the snow.
The 2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

The 2023 Honda CR-V comes in two different trims: the EX and EX-L. Honda also offers two hybrid versions of the small SUV: the Sport Hybrid and Sport Hybrid Touring. Of all available Honda CR-V options, only one comes standard with all-wheel drive. AWD is extremely useful for hilly areas, regions with seasonal snowfall, and harsh driving conditions.

The Honda CR-V Sport Hybrid Touring is the only new CR-V trim that comes standard with all-wheel drive. It starts at $39,100. The CR-V Sport Hybrid Touring comes standard with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats with orange stitching, and a one-touch power moonroof.

It also includes a blind-spot information system with a cross-traffic monitor, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and parking sensors. The small hybrid SUV features a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a wireless phone charger, and a four-mode drive system with Snow, Sport, and ECON modes.

Is the 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid worth the money?

The Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid may seem expensive to some consumers, but it provides incredible value for the money. The small hybrid SUV uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor system to make 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. It achieves 43 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway (39 mpg combined).

The 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid is both powerful and efficient. It’s loaded with plenty of creature comforts and advanced tech to improve the overall ownership experience. If you’re aiming for long-term ownership, the CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid provides adequate value over time.

What is the best 2023 Honda CR-V trim for the money?

A gray 2023 Honda CR-V small SUV is driving on the road in the rain.
The 2023 Honda CR-V | Honda

There are a total of four 2023 Honda CR-V options if you include hybrid options as well. Car and Driver recommends both hybrid versions of the CR-V over the internal combustion engine versions.

Let’s break down the differences between the two hybrid trim levels to determine which provides the most value. The 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Hybrid starts at $32,950. It comes with heated front seats, roof rails, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with orange stitching. So, you still get the snazzy steering wheel, but it comes with cloth seats instead of leather seats. The Sport Hybrid is standard front-wheel drive. It has a smaller infotainment system screen as well (7.0 inches).

The total price difference is $6,150 between the two trim levels. So, the Sport Hybrid is the better buy for folks that don’t need all-wheel drive and the added niceties. If you’re a driver that values all-wheel drive, consider the Sport Touring Hybrid’s luxurious interior as icing on the cake.

Let us know what you think about the new 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid in the comment section below.


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