Honda harnesses the CR-V Hybrid 23 for more power and driving pleasure

Honda’s CR-V has been America’s best-selling crossover utility since 1997 and the model’s best-selling general since 2017. Honda dealerships.

So why launch an all-new sixth-generation ʼ23 right now, and may Honda achieve this with out risking such a degree of recognition? Apparently sure, guaranteeing that each change, whether or not main or minor, is a real enchancment that may make a noticeable distinction.

For starters, the brand new CR-V has a brand new, extra rugged look – longer and wider with a wider, extra planted stance. That is supported by a roomier inside with a second row claimed to be greatest in school, a bigger cargo space and, most significantly, a extra superior and highly effective, but extra environment friendly 2-motor hybrid system. Extra to return.

Honda CR-V Sport Touring 23 badge.jpgThis 23 CR-V is offered in 4 trim ranges, the primary two of that are the Sport and Sport Touring Hybrid fashions. Honda says hybrids do not simply provide essentially the most gas environment friendly but in addition the sportiest CR-V driving expertise and are touted as a key step within the model’s electrification technique which ought to signify as much as 50% of annual CR-V gross sales.

Civic and Accord hybrids will observe, and Honda’s first all-electric BEV is promised for 2024.

Inside, the brand new CR-V is quieter and extra comfy with higher visibility and essentially the most cabin and cargo house ever seen in a CR-V. It shares its primary design, high-grade supplies, and premium touches with the ’22 Civic and ’23 HR-V, and its new “Physique Stabilizing” entrance seats are supposed to cut back fatigue (they labored for us) and enhance posture. A digital instrument show, a 7-in. The touchscreen audio system (18 cm) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and USB charging ports for the motive force and entrance passenger are normal. Sport Touring and EX-L fashions provide a 9-in. (23cm) touchscreen with wi-fi telephone integration and charging, and Sport and Sport Touring add two USB charging ports for rear passengers.

Past its up to date Honda Superior Compatibility Engineering (ACE) physique construction, there are normal superior energetic and passive security options that embody expanded and improved performance Honda Sensing security and driver help know-how with new entrance sensor digital camera and radar system. Included are “subsequent technology” entrance airbags and new entrance knee airbags and rear aspect airbags.

Two-engine hybrids

Honda’s two-motor hybrid system first appeared within the 2014 Accord hybrid, and its third technology is offered within the ’22 Accord and CR-V hybrids. This new ’23 CR-V launches a fourth smallest, lightest, strongest and most effective-generation model as normal (and distinctive) powertrain in Sport and Sport Touring fashions. Its 5 essential elements:

Whereas the primary three generations mounted their two motors inline with one another – with the generator motor related on to the motor and the propulsion motor to the drive wheels – this Gen IV system positions them aspect by aspect. This enables using a bigger, extra highly effective (181 hp) propulsion engine able to 14,500 rpm for larger prime velocity and as much as 247 lb-ft. (335 Nm) of torque, 15 lb-ft. (20 Nm) greater than the earlier motor.

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The side-by-side format additionally permits using two separate lock-up clutches and direct-drive gears, one for metropolis and one for freeway speeds, permitting higher optimization of gasoline engine rpms for a improved response and refinement. Low-speed lock-up clutch permits engine drive at metropolis speeds, enhancing effectivity and delivering 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) of towing capability, a primary for a Honda hybrid. The high-speed lockup clutch reduces engine rpm at freeway speeds and contributes to the upper prime velocity.

The IPU and PCU are additionally optimized by way of measurement and effectivity. The IPU homes a 1.06 kWh battery and its management {hardware} in a 24% smaller and 12% lighter bundle, permitting ’23 CR-V Hybrid fashions to supply the identical cargo house as their non-hybrid counterparts. The PCU beneath the hood is thinner than earlier than, which leaves extra room within the engine compartment for higher noise administration.

The system’s up to date 2.0L DOHC Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC 4-cylinder, now with multi-stage direct gas injection, contributes 145 hp and 138 lb-ft. of torque (187 Nm) with considerably decreased emissions: 22% fewer nitrogen oxides and 24% fewer hydrocarbons.

The 2023 CR-V hybrids (accessible with front-wheel drive or Honda’s Actual-Time All-Wheel Drive with Clever Management) ship a complete system output of 204 horsepower and are EPA rated at 5.5/6.5/5.9 L/100 km with front-wheel drive and 5.5/6.9/6.4 L/100 km with all-wheel drive. EPA scores for non-hybrid 23 CR-Vs are 28/34/30 mpg (8.4/6.9/7.8 L/100 km) (FWD) and 27/32/29 mpg (8.7 /7.3/8.1L/100km) (AWD).

Driving impressions

We drove a ’23 Sport Touring AWD CR-V on a combination or two lanes and highways close to Santa Barbara, Calif., and located it lived as much as its claimed enhancements in nearly each approach. Unsurprisingly (given its Civic bones), it is a nimble handler with crisp, responsive steering and highly effective, linear braking when wanted…and we would have liked it greater than as soon as. It rolled easily over bumpy surfaces and was pleasantly quiet even at excessive speeds, and the improved AWD system (which incorporates Hill Descent Management) can cut up torque even 50/50 in comparison with the entrance’s earlier 60/40 rearward. We additionally appreciated its very tight turning radius.

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Our solely dynamic disappointment was that – though billed because the “strongest CR-V but” – it did not really feel as torquey and highly effective as anticipated. However it was considerably extra highly effective than the ’22 CR-V Hybrid that Honda supplied for comparability, and likewise felt faster than the 190-hp turbocharged 1.5L. non-hybrid ’23 CR-V EX-L we tried.

Its new system affords Regular, Econ, Snow and Sport drive modes, so we used Sport to drive arduous on two twisty lanes. With out energetic suspension, this will likely not have an effect on dealing with, however does alter throttle and transmission response (in addition to considerably rising engine noise ranges). The ʼ23 system additionally does a a lot better job than the ʼ22 of protecting up the E-CVT’s annoying tendency to rev the engine at excessive revs even beneath mild acceleration.

We discovered the infotainment interface typically good, though it will be higher with a handful of arduous mode-select buttons and a tune/scroll knob to enhance Honda’s (not too long ago restored) quantity knob. A brand new “B” shifter choice permits 0.09g of regenerative braking on the throttle, and paddle shifters can regulate that quantity up or down. It is not fairly a one-pedal experience, however we used and cherished it on our day journey. Our solely different grievance: with out “Direct Tune” to seize identified radio stations, it’s a must to scroll to search out them.

Backside line: There is not any purpose this new feature-packed CR-V, and particularly its extra enjoyable and environment friendly hybrid fashions, should not do at the very least in addition to the one it replaces.

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