The Honda CR-V Mops The Floor With Competition

A new Honda CR-V made its debut for the 2023 model year, and was the 6th best-selling vehicle in America last year. Highly rated by a number of automotive publications as a crossover that is actually enjoyable to drive, the CR-V has blazed a new trail from its dowdy predecessors and second-rate competition. If you want a midsize SUV that won’t squeal out of control on a 270 degree onramp, you might want to check out the latest Honda CR-V.

The CR-V comes as a turbo or a hybrid. The turbo model has 190 horsepower, while the hybrid has a combined 204 horsepower, and is the exclusive powertrain of the “Sport” models. CR-V comes in LX, EX, Sport Hybrid, EX-L, Sport-L Hybrid, and Sport Touring Hybrid. Prices range from $29,500 msrp for the LX to $40,200 for the Sport Touring Hybrid.

The entry-level LX model comes with 17 inch wheels, full LED headlights, auto climate control, Apple Carplay/Android AUTO compatibility, Bluetooth, USB port, 7 inch color touch screen, push button start, braking safety system, a multi angle rear-view camera, adaptive cruise, and road departure warnings. Stepping things up to EX adds heated front seats, one touch power moonroof, dual zone auto climate control, and smart entry with walk way auto lock.

All CR-V’s can be ordered with Honda’s real time all wheel drive. They are also all offered in eight colors: urban grey pearl, canyon river blue metallic, crystal black pearl, lunar silver metallic, meteoric grey metallic, platinum white pearl, radiant red metallic, and still night pearl (blue). Car and Driver nominated the CR-V as one of its “Ten Best” vehicles.

Sport models come with gloss black 18 inch alloy wheels, sport styling package, roof rails, orange stitched seats, 6 speaker audio system, and leather wrapped steering wheel. If you want leather seats, you will have to buck up for the Sport-L Hybrid or EX-L, the former being the sportier upscale verison, and the latter being more luxurious. The top of the line Sport Touring Hybrid comes with a Bose premium sound system and a hands free access power liftgate, as well as a heated steering wheel and power/memory front seats.

Right now Honda is offering 2.9% APR for 24 to 36 months on the CR-V, or 4.9% APR for 37 to 60 months. Honda is also offering $500 off to military members as well as recent graduates, and a $750 Honda Loyalty appreciation offer. There are also handsome lease deals to be had, including $279/mo for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing on CR-V AWD LX; 2WD is available at the same lease payment but with $3,399 down.

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