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Honda CR-V review

2023 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 53.8
” Civic-inspired family SUV is a sound if costly choice “

At a glance

Price new £45,930 - £53,995
Used prices £31,056 - £42,020
Road tax cost £590
Insurance group 34 - 37
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Fuel economy 42.8 mpg
Miles per pound 6.3
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Available fuel types


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Pros & cons

  • Practical, hardwearing interior
  • Smooth hybrid powertrains
  • Excellent efficiency
  • Expensive list price
  • Not especially powerful
  • Monochrome interior

Written by Keith Adams Published: 12 September 2023 Updated: 17 November 2023


The first-generation Honda CR-V launched way back in 1995 as part of the original breed of small, ‘lifestyle’ oriented 4x4s. Now in its sixth generation, it’s evolved into a full-sized family SUV. The previous model was one of the best-selling cars in the world, so this latest car has a lot to live up to.

Honda’s equipped the new CR-V with a pair of hybrid powertrains, and that puts it in contention with some seriously talented rivals. The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid provides strong opposition, though those who prefer a more premium package may check out the Lexus NX instead. The CR-V’s pricing also puts it on par with the BMW X3 plug-in hybrid, which is smaller but has the allure of that premium badge.

Honda’s hoping that its user-friendly approach to interiors, seriously impressive efficiency and a sturdier look will tempt buyers into its new CR-V over these impressive adversaries.

Three trims are currently on offer. They run Elegance, Advance and Advance Tech, with the former two available only as self-charging hybrids and Advance Tech reserved for the plug-in. If you want four-wheel drive, it’s standard on hybrids but not available on the plug-in.

All models come extremely well-equipped with a panoramic glass roof, LED lights, all-round parking sensors, a wireless charger and Honda’s most sophisticated SENSING 360 suite of safety aids.

Advance models add a rear-view camera, automatic main beam headlights, heated seats, a 360-degree camera and power adjustment for the seats, while the range-topping Advance Tech model gains cooled seats, a head-up display and Honda Parking Pilot.

Honda’s making quite a big deal about the CR-V’s towing manners. The plug-in hybrid model can tow 1,500kg, which isn’t the highest towing limit around – but it should prove well-behaved, with a separate, lower ratio designed specifically for towing. Using the factory sat-nav, the CR-V will intelligently figure out where to charge the battery and where to deploy it in conjunction with the engine for inclines or particularly challenging sections.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Honda CR-V and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.