Based on age, and the spy photos we’ve seen, we expect the 2023 Honda CR-V to be a fully redesigned model year. The current-gen CR-V is approaching its sixth model year on sale, which makes it old in the highly competitive class. An all-new model would help the CR-V be competitive in a class that has seen competitors grow in size, performance, and available technology.
The majority of spy photos that we’ve seen of the 2023 CR-V are of SUVs that have been heavily camouflaged, so we haven’t been able to spot a lot of upcoming changes to the SUV. The 2023 CR-V is expected to wear a larger grille and slimmer headlights at the front, with the fascia featuring sharper lines. At the back, the SUV may lose its tall taillights for something more angular and cleaner. Overall, the upcoming CRV looks to be larger than the current model on sale, hinting toward the possibility of a three-row option.
We haven’t seen the interior of the 2023 Honda CR-V yet. We expect the overall design of the upcoming CR-V to mirror the ones found in the Civic and Accord. The dashboard may feature simpler lines, with the shift knob moving further down the center console and the touchscreen moving to sit on top of the dash instead of inside of it. Honda should maintain physical buttons and dials for the HVAC and infotainment systems.
The current CR-V’s largest weakness is its standard infotainment system. Compared to the rest of the class, the five-inch display, lack of smartphone compatibility, and four-speaker audio system show the CR-V’s age. We expect Honda to remedy these issues with a larger touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a better audio system, and more standard USB ports. In keeping with Honda’s sedans, an even larger touchscreen should be optional, as should a digital instrument cluster.
When it comes to performance, we expect the 2023 CR-V to receive some upgrades over the current model that’s on sale. A more powerful version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder should be available, while a hybrid and an all-electric model are expected. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.
The 2023 Honda CR-V should build upon the current model’s list of standard safety features. We believe that Honda Sensing will be standard. Standard equipment on the current CR-V includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and road departure mitigation.