For 2023 and beyond the term “Adventure Chic” comes into play for anyone looking for a bit more out of life. Completely redesigned for 2023 and keeping with that “Adventure Chic” theme, the Honda CR-V aims to shake up that compact SUV market thanks to its bold styling, fab space, comfort, and yes, performance.
It was back in 1995 that Honda first debuted the CR-V, but the brand didn’t get into the U.S. until the 1997 model year and quickly became the must-have. In its 6th-generation, the new CR-V is now being built in three plants in North America, including the East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio, the Indiana Auto Plant, and Honda of Canada Mfg., continuing the 40-year legacy of Honda’s commitment to building products close to the customer. Since 2006, Honda has produced more than 5 million CR-Vs in North America, with roughly half of those built in the U.S.
To best show off “Adventure Chic,” we spent time with the Sport Touring model that sits atop the CR-V lineup. Coming standard with the new hybrid system featuring a more refined 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine our CR-V is a looker thanks to bold styling, that includes gloss black exterior accents, rectangular exhaust finishers, and Berlina Black 18-inch wheels.
Once inside you get the feeling of being in a cabin of something that cost thousands more thanks to the sport-specific seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped shift knob and a steering wheel that are all standard. You can also customize your driving experience thanks to three selectable drive modes, Normal, Econ, and a new Snow mode that maximizes available traction and performance in slick snowy conditions. Our Sport Touring model had a new Sport mode, that gave us that engaging driving experience.
From an updated version of Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Control System™ that came standard on our Sport Touring to a new Hill Descent Control system that enhances our off-road capability as well as an expanded Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive technologies, this new CR-V will not only be a delight to previous Honda owners but also catching the eye folks that are now adding 2023 as their first Honda.
Mamadou Diallo, vice president of auto sales at American Honda said it best. “The all-new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every conceivable way – design, performance, safety, and technology and the most fun-to-drive CR-V we’ve ever made.”
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