I was given the opportunity to test-drive the outgoing Honda CR-V Hybrid, a hybrid clothed in a wonderful shade of red, on a brief loop close to the vineyard where my group stopped for lunch, during my drive of the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid. The touchscreen’s modest size and low placement, however, were less than wonderful. The TFT gauge cluster was functional but not particularly attractive. Perhaps the fact that I spent almost the whole day in the brand-new CR-V Hybrid clouded my judgment. After all, it had a 9-inch touchscreen with all the apps you could possibly need on the first screen and fewer menus to get through (a 7-inch screen is standard on the Sport and Sport Touring trims, the 9-inch screen is an available for the latter trim).

The most popular features for the 2023 CR-V and CR-V Hybrid are push buttons and knobs, despite the fact that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (the latter in both wired and wireless formats) are there and correct. Physical switchgear is used to control the HVAC unit and the touchscreen (just remember to push down on the Home and Back buttons on the touchscreen, as they blend in well with the rest of the unit).

Aubernon, Cameron / SlashGear The instrument cluster is also brand-new for 2023. An analog speedometer with warning lights is on one side. A TFT display featuring a digital speedometer, range indication, trip computer, driver attention monitor, etc. is on the opposite side. A gorgeous dash with honeycomb details and toggle switches on the vents to shift the air around frames all of the entertaining technology. A 12-speaker Bose sound system handles the audio.

In addition to upgrades to the collision mitigation, road departure, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping systems, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technology now includes traffic jam help, traffic sign recognition, and low-speed braking control. All of these improvements and enhancements are included on all trims of the 2023 Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid, with the exception of the low-speed brake control and parking sensor systems, which are available from the EX-L and higher.


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