What Do We Know About the Honda CR-V Plug-In Hybrid So Far?

With the release of Honday’s much-anticipated CR-V just around the corner, here’s everything we know about the possible PHEV option.
Written by Sarah Gray
Edited by Amy Bobinger
There’s speculation that the 2023
Honda CR-V
may come with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option. Unfortunately, it looks like the PHEV will only be available on the European market—at least to start.
  • If produced, the 2023 Honda CR-V Plug-In Hybrid may only be available on the European market.
  • MSRP estimates range from $27,000 to $38,000.
  • Performance, styling, and comfort specs remain unknown.

2023 Honda CR-V Plug-In Hybrid

The details of the 2023 Honda CR-V are hazy, but there are rumors of a plug-in hybrid option. If true, the sixth-generation CR-V will be Honda’s first PHEV in Europe. 

Pricing

Car and Driver predicts the 2023 Honda CR-V will cost between $27,000 and $38,000. The plug-in option will probably fall somewhere on the higher end of the price scale.

Performance and fuel economy

Details about the CR-V PHEV’s powertrain and fuel economy are still mostly conjectures.
  • Platform: The 2023 CR-V will likely use the same platform as the
    Honda Civic Hybrid
    , with compact electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. A CVT gearbox is expected, with available two- or four-wheel drive.
  • Powertrain: There are fewer certainties where the CR-V PHEV’s powertrain is concerned. The
    Honda Clarity
    is the only existing Honda PHEV, which has a 181-horsepower electric motor, a 17.0 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • Mileage: To compete with other PHEVs on the market, the Honda CR-V will need to produce an electric-only range of about 35 miles and fuel economy of about 200 mpg.

Exterior styling

Honda has been keeping the exterior of the 2023 CR-V under literal wraps. These are the only changes we’re sure of:
  • The body will be longer.
  • The grille design will be sleeker.
  • The headlights will be slimmer and more modern.

Interior and comfort

We know a little more about the interior of the 2023 Honda CR-V than the exterior.
  • The dashboard air vent is spruced up with a honeycombed grille.
  • The dash will feature physical climate control buttons and knobs.
  • A center console will feature a wireless charging pad and a traditional automatic shift lever.
  • Higher trims seem to include black leather upholstery and orange stitching.

Technology

No news yet on the safety features and tech components that will be included in the 2023 CR-V PHEV. Standard driver assists and technology features from past CR-V years are expected to continue here, including:
  • Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

Warranty coverage

Honda will likely provide the same warranty coverage for the 2023 CR-V PHEV as for previous models:
  • Limited warranty: Three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: Five years or 60,000 miles
If the 2023 CR-V does feature a PHEV option, there may be added warranty coverage on the battery and other electronic components as well.

Trim levels and options

It’s likely the Honda CR-V PHEV will be its own trim level. For the rest of the 2023 CR-V trims, Car and Driver predicts they will be similar to previous CR-V trim offerings:

The bottom line

With so much mystery around the Honda CR-V Plug-In Hybrid, it’s easy to get excited, but it’s unlikely the PHEV will be available in America—at least for the first model year. European drivers will get the first taste of the CR-V PHEV—if there is a plug-in option at all.
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