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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

Should You Buy a 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

The 2023 and 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid are priced out of competition


  • Pricing for the 2023 CR-V Hybrid Touring started at $48,890 in Canada. The 2024 model introduced an EX-L priced $46,775 while the Touring goes for $49,775

  • The current all-new -for-2023 Honda CR-V is a good looking compact SUV.

  • The Hybrid versions are WAY too expensive!


When it comes to selecting a new family vehicle, the Honda CR-V has long stood, more than 25 years, as a symbol of reliability and comfort in the compact SUV market. With the introduction of the hybrid variant in Canada, the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid aims to blend the traditional strengths of the model with improved efficiency and a lighter environmental footprint. However, as with any vehicle, there are both compelling reasons to buy and reasons to consider other options. The latter should carry more importance in the buying process.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

In short, it’s been a while since I last reviewed a vehicle that so profoundly missed the mark and disappointed me. While the regular CR-V is a decent SUV, the hybrid version fails to justify its existence. It is altogether possible that the unit I drove had issues, fuel consumption and steering bugs, however pricing is not a subjective matter.

 

Here’s the breakdown as to why I think you should or should not buy the CR-V Hybrid:

 


Why You Should Buy a 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
  1. Handsome and Refined Design: The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t stray far from the aesthetic blueprint that has made its predecessors so popular. It sports a handsome and modern look, characterized by a snub, flat front nose that adds a touch of aggressiveness. The design is complemented by a radiant red color option that works well with blacked-out elements, presenting an appealing package for those who value more uniform aesthetics.

  1. Spacious, Well-Put-Together Cabin: Inside, the CR-V Hybrid shines with its spacious and well-crafted cabin. The rear doors open up to 90 degrees, making it incredibly family-friendly and accessible. The massive trunk boasts a generous 1,028 litres of usable volume, and there’s ample room for passengers in both rows, especially in the rear thanks to the flat floors. The vehicle also features a premium feel with good fit and finish, comfortable seats, and user-friendly HVAC controls.

 


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
  1. Far Too Expensive: One of the most significant drawbacks of the CR-V Hybrid is its price. At $48,990 for the 2023 Touring version ($49,775 for the 2024 MY), it’s considerably more expensive than its competitors even with the new base EX-L trim at $46,775, like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (from $35,950) and the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid ($40,599). This high cost is hard to justify even with a few extra accessories, especially when considering the vehicle’s lackluster performance and features relative to its price point.

  1. Disappointing Fuel Economy: Despite being a hybrid, the CR-V fails to deliver on the promise of exceptional fuel efficiency which Honda estimates to be 6.4L/100km in mixed driving. With real-world driving resulting in fuel consumption figures far from the advertised rates at a returned 8.5L/100km, most of it on the highway, it struggles to justify its hybrid badge. This aspect is particularly disappointing for those prioritizing efficiency in their vehicle choice.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
  1. Steering Assist is Inconsistent: The driving experience is marred by an inconsistent steering assist system that can be glitchy and unpredictable. This issue detracts from the driving pleasure and would be a would be a deal-breaker for me. It is possible that this issue is unique to the tested CR-V but even so, this aspect forced me to park the vehicle for two days.

 


After careful consideration, the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid presents a mixed bag. While it boasts good looks and a spacious interior that many have come to expect from the CR-V line, its high price, underwhelming fuel economy, and erratic steering assist system are significant drawbacks.

 

For those in the market for a hybrid SUV, much like it was the case for the Honda Accord Hybrid, shopping for a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a smarter bet; it’s less expensive and more efficient.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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