The 2023 Honda CR-V Is Getting a Hefty Price Increase

The sixth-generation CR-V also won't have the cheapest fifth-generation trim.

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The Honda CR-V is, in the States at least, one of Honda’s cash cows and its best-selling car here for five years running. It seems that, for the new, sixth-generation CR-V that is the 2023 model year, Honda wants a little more cash out of it.

That’s because Honda released pricing for the 2023 CR-V on Tuesday and I regret to inform you that the LX trim, the current CR-V’s cheapest — starting at $26,800 — is no more. Instead the CR-V’s least expensive trim is now the EX, a two-wheel-drive car that starts at $31,110, or $4,310 more, though “only” $1,800 more than what the 2022 CR-V EX starts at. I put only in quotes there because $1,800 is still a pretty hefty price increase for a new model year, even if that new model year represents a new generation car.

Here all the prices via Honda, as well as fuel mileage ratings:

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I will say that Honda should be lauded here for not trying to hide the destination charge, and even doing the math for you, though destination charges as a concept remain one of the biggest bullshit things about the automotive industry.

At any rate, the EX versions of the car have a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 190 horsepower, according to Honda, while the hybrid Sport versions have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a combined output of 204 hp. Honda also says that the 2023 is slightly bigger and longer than the outgoing fifth-generation, and some have even referred to the 2023 CR-V as “better-looking.” Though let’s be honest, the buyers of this car will not be thinking about these things much, instead they’ll be merely trying to replace their current compact crossover.

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The big news for CR-V, instead, won’t be this sixth-generation but whenever Honda bothers to make an all-electric CR-V. Then we’d be talking.