New Pilot, CR-V and HR-V SUVs

It seems that 2023 is the year of the SUV at Honda. The redesigned CR-V looks better inside and out, has a larger footprint and a host 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-litre inline four-cylinder engine, again with a CVT automatic transmission. The three-row Pilot goes under the knife next, 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 outs, Honda hasn’t neglected the fun stuff. New for 2023, the Civic Type R hot hatch takes on the latest Civic look, although a huge, showy wing is still part of the deal. The Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission sticks, but the engine now makes 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

A new Accord will arrive early in 2023. Spy photos show it will have an evolutionary look with slimmer headlights and taillights. The turbocharged 1.5-litre base engine will likely carry over, and we hope the turbo 2.0-litre will, too. Honda has said the hybrid will become the best powertrain option as it aims to have half of Accord’s sales be the gas-electric version.

In other hybrid news, the Insight is dead, but a Civic hybrid is planned to replace it. Honda’s most mainstream EV offering to date is also coming, but won’t arrive until 2024. Called the Prologue, it will be a mid-sized SUV that was 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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