It looks like 2023 is the year of the SUV at Honda. The redesigned CR-V is better-looking inside and out and boasts a larger footprint along with plenty of new features. The HR-V is also new and now shares its platform with the Civic, meaning it’s significantly larger than the old Fit-based model. It switches to a 158-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, again with a CVT automatic. The three-row Pilot is next to go under the knife, but Honda has only teased the new model so far. The two-row Passport is unchanged for this year, but we expect a new version to follow the Pilot next year.
Despite the focus on its popular sport-utes, Honda hasn’t neglected the fun stuff. The Civic Type R hot hatch is new for 2023 and adopts the latest Civic’s look, though a huge, ostentatious wing is still part of the deal. The Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual stick around, but the engine now makes 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
A new Accord is coming early in 2023. Spy photos indicate it will adopt an evolutionary look with slimmer headlights and taillights. The turbocharged 1.5-liter base engine will likely carry over, and we’re hoping that the turbo 2.0-liter does, too. Honda has said the hybrid will become the top powertrain option, as it’s aiming for half of Accord sales to be the gas-electric version.
In other hybrid news, the Insight is dead, but a Civic hybrid is slated to replace it. Honda’s most mainstream EV offering to date is coming as well, but won’t arrive until 2024. It’s called the Prologue and will be a mid-size SUV co-developed with GM.
The Ridgeline pickup is unchanged, and the Odyssey minivan gets a new Sport trim level with black wheels.
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