2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #409

2023 Honda Cr-V Hybrid | Talking Cars With Consumer Reports #409 1

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The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid looks to build on the legacy of fuel economy, utility, and value of its predecessors. We bought a CR-V Hybrid Sport AWD for our test program, and we share our first impressions of its redesigned interior, transmission, and fuel efficiency, and how it stacks up against the Toyota RAV4, and the traditional gas-powered version. And what would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty? Our experts share their personal picks for keeping driving exciting while staying family friendly.

00:00 – Introduction
00:17 – Highlights: 2023 Honda CR-V
01:14 – Fuel Economy
02:40 – Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid Comparison
06:04 – Inside the Cabin & Controls
09:50 – Wrap Up: Hybrid or Regular
11:32 – Question: What would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty?
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17 Comments on "2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #409"

  1. It’s a beauty. But colossally overpriced.

    Even the current old RAV4 is better and less money. Major Redesign in 2024/2025. 😊

    • Dave Wilson | April 26, 2023 at 4:19 PM |

      I think a good thing to look at is comparably equipped ones. There’s almost 20 Rav4 trims, Honda has five in total. When you compare similar Rav4 and CRV trims the price delta is usually within a thousand.

    • Bob Sacamano | April 26, 2023 at 6:10 PM |

      Get a better job. All cars have gone up in price.

  2. Kyle should buy civic type r. Lots of hatch space. If I must pick from that list then Corolla gr for resale. Elantra N, GTI, and integra type s are good choices too.

  3. I don’t really get it why those massive long mic holders have to be exposed for everybody to see. It’s just so annoying whenever I watch your videos. If this is my car review, I would treat it as if the manufacturer doesn’t listen to what the consumer wants.

  4. Andre Sweeney | April 26, 2023 at 3:18 PM |

    Hi I truly enjoy your reviews, thank you. I am in the market for a compact SUV, Hybrid would be nice, 2nd family vehicle mostly city driving. Given the fuel savings potentially cancelled by the $4,500 premium what is the break even point? How many years / months / mileage before recouping the extra cost? Thank you.

    • A gas vehicle that averages 25 mpg, driven 10,000 miles, uses 400 gallons/year. At $3.50/gallon that’s a $1,400 annual fuel cost. If the vehicle gets 40 mpg, the fuel cost is $875, a savings of $525. The greenhouse gas emissions from the 25 mpg car (at 20 pounds of emissions/gallon) would be 8,000 pounds per year,. From the 40 mpg car, 5,000 pounds, a savings of 3,000 pounds/year. However, you also should factor in the higher taxes, insurance, and financing of the more expensive hybrid vehicle.

  5. Scott Vickery | April 26, 2023 at 4:01 PM |

    I would bet that at the mid cycle refresh, it’ll be hybrid only…and the step up will be plug in hybrid and/or BEV…

  6. ItsAlive111 | April 26, 2023 at 4:09 PM |

    I wish there was a standard testing for interior noise. After owning a 2009 Honda Accord, I’m looking for a quiet ride and it’s really hard to make sense how loud each car is compared to say how fast or fuel efficient!

  7. Peterandrewj | April 26, 2023 at 5:13 PM |

    I think the price of the CRV hybrid is justified and that it’s better than the RAV4. And I would never choose the 1.5-liter turbo over the hybrid. Regardless, I’m sure Consumer Reports will rate the CRV above the RAV4 and recommend them both.

  8. I test-drove a CR-V hybrid and thought it was quiet. However, I’m currently driving a 2006 Scion Xb, which has been great, but very noisy. Again, coming from my Xb, I liked how intuitive the controls are, especially compared to the needlessly complex controls in the Lexus NX hybrid. Thank you for everything CU does – your reviews are as unbiased as possible, a unique service in these days of paid/bot online reviews.

  9. She talks too much and over the other hosts.

  10. Spencer Stein | April 26, 2023 at 5:21 PM |

    I think Kyle should get any car he wants. They already have the Passport which is great for kids and all the kid stuff. My children are 16 and 18 now, but when they were little, we always had a minivan or SUV for the kids, a sedan for my commute AND a Mazda MX5/Miata. For one child and a stroller, a sedan works fine….not as convenient as a minivan or SUV, but fine. Once the kids were toddlers, I would take them for drives and some weekend errands in the Miata. It was great bonding time. Car seats fit fine in a Miata and the kids loved it.

  11. It doesn’t have a CVT! It’s a direct drive unit. For the price it’s a very solid choice and very safe

  12. Nathan Chambers | April 26, 2023 at 5:52 PM |

    Most people will buy the regular gas CRV. Cars are too expensive for average people.

  13. That dude in the green shirt (Steve Elek) has the same head as Mike Monticello especially in the side view…..Are you sure this isn’t his brother? Is this a insidious case of nepotism?😂

  14. new office setting and colors are great. another great talking cars

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