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2023 Review: Honda CR-V Hybrid

Based on the all-new sixth-generation of Honda’s compact crossover, this gasoline–electric hybrid combines all the practical goodness of the gas-powered model with a newly updated power train that is as fuel-efficient as your average small sedan.

With 204 horsepower (hp) on tap, the smooth hybrid system also delivers perkier performance than the previous generation while still achieving impressive EPA fuel economy ratings for the all-wheel-drive Sport Touring version I drove.

Acceleration is noticeably better than the non-hybrid version, making it more satisfying to drive. Revised suspension tuning combines the agreeable ride comfort of the outgoing model with sharper handling that gives this new model a more responsive feel. 

Other upgrades include a growth spurt of 2.7 inches overall. The cabin retains its roomy feel, with comfortable seating for four adults. The longer wheelbase also allows for abundant legroom and rear  seatbacks that recline.

The cargo hold grows by a small amount, too, with an above-average 76.5 cubic feet of stowage. If that’s not enough, the CR-V Hybrid’s towing capacity has been upped to 1,000 pounds—only slightly less than the gasoline-only version.

My test vehicle sported the larger of the two available center touchscreens, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cell phone integration. A wireless cell phone charging pad was another welcome touch.

Add a full range of standard advanced safety features—including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist—and you have a crossover that will smooth the transition to all-battery power.

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EPA Fuel Economy MPG

  • 40 City/34 Highway (AWD)



  • Base Price: $33,350
  • As Tested: $39,500


Bottom Line:

  • By now, hybrid crossovers are nothing new, but the CR-V Hybrid remains one of the best. 


*Before taxes, fees and destination charges