As part of the redesign, Honda has dropped the LX, and the EX is now the base trim, followed by the EX-L. Two new trims – the Sport and Sport Touring – will round out the selection with later release, but they’ll constitute the CR-V Hybrid. We’ll focus on the gasoline-only EX and EX-L on this page and cover the gas-electric trims on their own page.
The 2023 CR-V EX and EX-L get an updated turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 190 horsepower. It teams up with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive comes by default, but Real Time all-wheel drive is offered as an option. Honda now equips the CR-V with hill descent control for more sure footing on challenging surfaces. The EPA has estimated that both trims get 28 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway, which changes to 27 city/32 highway with AWD.
Model year 2023’s streamlined trim roster means that more standard features are included on the new “base” EX. It has LED headlights and taillights, a power moonroof, dual-zone auto climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button ignition, fabric upholstery, heated front seats (the driver’s is power-adjustable), rear privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated power exterior mirrors with built-in turn-signal indicators, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and a 7-inch driver information display.
The EX-L is upgraded with leather for the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob. It also gets a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a driver’s position memory system, piano-black interior trim, a power tailgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Both CR-V trims are set up with Honda Sensing, the automaker’s package of state-of-the-art driver-assist technologies. It bundles adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, and lane-keeping assist. Honda has made some improvements within the redesign, including updates to the cameras and radar system, blind-spot monitoring, traffic jam assist, low-speed braking control, and traffic sign recognition. Both the EX and EX-L also include a driver attention monitor, rear seatbelt reminder, and rear seat reminder.
Everyone can stay entertained and in touch with the world via the all-new CR-V’s infotainment system. The EX has a 7-inch touchscreen, while the EX-L gets a 9-incher. In response to customer feedback, Honda has installed separate knobs for the sound system. Both trims receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which will connect wirelessly in the EX-L), Bluetooth, a text messaging assistant, and HondaLink remote services.
The EX-L’s upgrades consist of navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, a simplified on-screen menu structure, additional speakers, and a wireless device charger. There are two USB ports for the front row, the but EX-L also gets a pair for the second row; both trims get a 12V accessory outlet.
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