This week we give our first impressions of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid. While we find that most vehicles improve with the addition of a hybrid powertrain, we discuss whether this addition is a benefit or detriment to the venerable CR-V. And we explore whether it will meet Honda’s goal of half of all CR-Vs sold being hybrids. We also debate whether changes in the 2023 model will continue to please loyal CR-V fans of this fourth-best-selling vehicle in the U.S. (based on 2022 sales numbers). Finally we weigh in on how the refreshing simplicity of the cabin compares in a world of vehicles with complicated controls and new technology.
Audience question: What are the options for vehicles that combine driving engagement and safety with the daily functionality of a growing family?