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2023 Honda CR-V Sport

Starting from CAD $36,374

Honda has nailed the recipe for success when it comes to compact SUVs, and the CR-V stands out as a prime example of their success. In 2023, the CR-V takes the top spot in its segment, earning the #1 title among compact SUVs in our car rankings.

Most of the CR-V’s success lies in delivering what shoppers want, offering both hybrid and gas options, a smooth driving experience, and ample space for passengers and storage.

Performance & Comfort

The CR-V is equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine designed for fuel efficiency. While not exceptionally quick, the engine delivers decent power and performs well. Paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which mimics the feel of a traditional transmission effectively, most drivers wouldn’t notice the difference. Both the transmission and the engine work together nicely to ensure a smooth ride, whether in city traffic or cruising on the highway. The CR-V also provides reliable acceleration, making it responsive when needed, such as during highway merges or overtaking other vehicles.

The CR-V stands out when it comes to comfort, thanks to its well-tuned suspension. It effectively absorbs bumps and road imperfections, making for a ride that is both smooth and comfortable. Even at higher speeds on the highway, the CR-V impressively minimizes road and wind noise, which adds to the overall driving experience.

Interior & Technology

The new CR-V has undergone a significant overhaul inside compared to the older generation, bringing both positive and not-so-great changes. One change is the departure from the older generation’s versatile cabin. Honda opted for a more conventional interior layout this time, and while it lacks some of the flexibility of the previous model, it’s spacious and practical. The infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen complemented by physical buttons and volume knobs, making it user-friendly, and the touchscreen is responsive to touch. The gauge cluster in the CR-V is half digital and half analog, but its visual appeal leaves something to be desired. It’s arguably the only downside inside the cabin, standing out as it looks somewhat out of place.

The climate control comes with its own set of buttons, and all the climate settings can be changed without relying on a touchscreen. The climate control system performs well, doing a good job of keeping the cabin comfortable.

Cargo Space & Storage

The CR-V stands out for its impressive storage capacity, offering 1113L of cargo area with the rear seats up and 2166L with the rear seats down. This places the CR-V among the most spacious options in its segment, catering well to shoppers seeking ample room in a small SUV. The interior design is simple and prioritizes storage space in the cabin. Directly in front of the shifter, there’s a decent-sized slot designed for things like your phone, wallet, and keys.

Fuel Economy

The CR-V is rated at 9.1/7.6/8.4 L/100km (City/Hwy/Combined). In our testing, we averaged 9.0 L/100km which included both city and highway driving. Honda also offers the CR-V with a hybrid powertrain which is rated at 6.0/6.9/6.4 L/100km (City/Hwy/Combined). These hybrid ratings significantly outperform the standard engine and make sense if you drive a lot.

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