2023 Honda CR-V Starts $4,300 Higher Than Before At $32,355

Honda USA today revealed that the all-new 2023 CR-V will have a considerably higher starting price than the model it replaces.

The base version of the CR-V was the LX trim in 2022, and it started at $28,045 ($26,800 plus $1,245 destination) . Now, though, the trim has been discontinued, and the lineup starts with the EX 2WD model. It rings in at $32,355 (including $1,245 for destination), which is $4,310 more than the outgoing model.

Even if we account for the change in base trims, the new model has been stung by inflation. Last year, the CR-V EX started at $30,555, which is $1,800 less than the 2023 model. With a new seven-inch touchscreen, a refined engine that makes 190 hp (142 kW/193 PS) and other improvements besides, Honda hopes customers will feel where the extra money is going.

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For owners who prefer a more fuel-efficient drive, the hybrid powertrain is offered on the Sport 2WD, the Sport AWD, and the Sport Touring AWD trims. Combined output for the setup is 204 hp (152 kW/207 PS) and, in its most efficient front-wheel-drive orientation, it can go up to 43 miles per gallon in the city. That’s roughly 53 percent more efficient than the two-wheel-drive model powered by the 1.5-liter non-hybrid engine, which gets 28 MPG in the city.

As for equipment, the base model EX comes standard with heated front seats, a partially digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, a power-sliding moonroof, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels. The EX-L, meanwhile, starts at $35,005, and it adds a nine-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 15W wireless phone charger, and an eight-speaker audio system.

The Sport model, the cheapest of the hybrids starting at $33,195, comes with gloss black exterior accents, rectangular exhaust finishers, black 18-inch wheels, and sporty seating surfaces, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.

Its higher-priced alternative, the Sport Touring, gets 19-inch wheels, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. Little wonder, then, that it’s the most expensive version of the crossover, starting at $39,845.

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