40-mpg crossover priced to make hybrid mainstream

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Honda has confirmed a 40-mpg mixed ranking for the redesigned 2023 CR-V Hybrid, and its priced the complete CR-V lineup, which now consists of CR-V Hybrid Sport and Hybrid Sport Touring variations that primarily place the hybrid because the sportier selection within the lineup. 

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport begins at $33,695 in front-wheel-drive kind, together with the $1,245 vacation spot cost, or $35,195 in its all-wheel-drive model. The highest-of-the-lineup Hybrid Sport Touring consists of all-wheel drive and prices $39,845. 

The highest 40-mpg ranking is 2 mpg higher than final 12 months’s CR-V Hybrid, nevertheless it’s as a result of Honda has launched front-wheel-drive variations of the Hybrid which might be higher on gasoline. The CR-V Hybrid achieves EPA rankings of 43 mpg metropolis, 36 freeway, and 40 mixed in front-wheel-drive kind. 

Final 12 months’s all-wheel-drive CR-V Hybrid returned 38 mpg mixed, versus 37 mpg mixed in all-wheel-drive kind for the 2023 model. However the redesigned CR-V lineup is larger and presumably a bit heavier than the outgoing 2022 model. 

2023 Honda CR-V

Honda first launched a CR-V Hybrid within the U.S. for 2020. With the introduction of a fourth-generation model of Honda’s two-mode hybrid system, the CR-V Hybrid ought to present a considerably sportier drive; it now makes 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, versus 212 hp and 232 lb-ft within the outgoing model. Honda says that the brand new model contains a extra refined 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4, so count on it to be smoother and quieter. In our testing of its predecessor, the CR-V Hybrid drove extra like an EV at low speeds than rival fashions. 

The competitors on this nook of the market is robust. Toyota does supply extra modestly outfitted variations of its RAV4 Hybrid. Probably the most reasonably priced 2023 RAV4 Hybrid LE prices $30,910. And the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Blue begins at $31,045. However the CR-V Hybrid EX is positioned beneath equally outfitted variations of the $32,380 RAV Hybrid XLE and $33,645 Tucson SEL Comfort. 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring

The bottom worth of the 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid EX was $33,035, so for customers who don’t thoughts giving up the concept of all-wheel drive it’s solely a slight worth hike. The Hybrid Sport will get gloss-black exterior accents, Berlina Black 18-inch wheels, and rectangular exhaust finishers. It now consists of adaptive cruise management, energetic lane management, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, wi-fi system charging, heated entrance seats, heated mirrors, and a sunroof. 

The highest Sport Touring provides 12-speaker Bose audio, a navigation system, and a wi-fi hotspot, plus 19-inch wheels and tires. 

The CR-V is Honda’s top-selling U.S. model, and Honda expects CR-V Hybrid gross sales to account for about 50% of the annual CR-V whole. Whether or not or not it charms patrons largely relies on whether or not the hybrid delivers on the mid-market candy spot customers have seen within the CR-V for many years. 

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