We’re at a reasonably experimental time in the case of automobile design, significantly with interiors. All types of shows and buttons and preparations are being tried, all in an effort to face out. And whereas it is nice from a method standpoint, generally we’re left wanting for one thing easier, one thing that simply works. And that is what you get within the 2023 Honda CR-V. However do not take that for it having a boring inside. It is nonetheless good-looking, it simply occurs to be extremely purposeful, simple, and of a top quality.
Open the door to the CR-V Sport Touring (solely accessible as a hybrid), and also you’re offered with a dashboard that does not look a lot completely different than that within the Honda Civic, which is an efficient factor. It is a low, lean sprint with a full-width display screen hiding the vents and holding the aesthetic uncluttered. Not solely does this sprint design assist the inside really feel open, it genuinely sits low sufficient that it helps give a superb view out the windshield.
Using piano black plastic is refreshingly restrained, merely positioned across the air vent display screen so as to add a special texture, and there are glints of chrome that pop on the management knobs with out feeling flashy or gaudy. The remainder of the sprint is generally soft-touch plastic, which feels respectable, however does really feel a bit of bit behind another rivals which can be providing good upholstered panels resembling Mazda and Mitsubishi.
The straightforward, approachable vibe continues with the controls. Whereas not probably the most elegant, the touchscreen infotainment system is perched atop the sprint and near the driving force. That makes it straightforward to look over and browse it, and its closeness makes it straightforward to achieve. The Sport Touring picks up the bigger 9-inch show, which makes the already-large, color-coded icon buttons even simpler to discern. And whereas it does lose the tuning knob, the amount one stays together with House, Again and skip observe/station buttons on the left aspect. For those who’re solely going to have a number of bodily buttons, these are nice ones to have, particularly the House button for stepping into between the automobile’s native system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Toyota’s new system lacks one and it is a fixed supply of frustration.
Sitting under the middle air vents are the devoted, bodily local weather controls for which we’re massively grateful. They usually additionally go a protracted solution to elevating the texture of the cabin. The crispness of the knurling and the shine of the chrome would look simply nearly as good in an Audi or BMW. They really feel simply nearly as good, clicking over with precision and a fragile, nearly metallic sound. Honda might not have gussied up each a part of the cabin, nevertheless it undoubtedly put cash the place you will most ceaselessly discover.
And actually, you will get all of this in any CR-V, not simply the Sport Touring. The one actual sprint distinction throughout the road is an absence of a pair buttons for options, the display screen measurement and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter (accessible on Sport Hybrid and up).
The instrument cluster is a cut up between an analog speedometer dial and a small coloration information display screen that may show a tachometer, gasoline economic system, energy distribution and different driving data. It is nothing particular, nevertheless it’s clear and simple to learn.
Transferring onto the seating, and the CR-V continues to impress. The Sport/hybrid trims, together with Sport Touring, all get nifty orange distinction stitching with the Sport Touring that includes leather-based upholstery. They’re fairly comfy with agency, however not intrusive bolsters and loads of padding. A barely deeper seat base could be good for these with lengthy thighs, nevertheless it’s nonetheless comfy sufficient. There’s loads of adjustment between the ability seat (on all however the base CR-V) and the steering wheel to discover a comfy place for searching by the CR-V’s beneficiant glass space. Precise house for legs, head and hips are all wonderful, too, for folks massive, tall, skinny or quick.
The rear seats are simply nearly as good. They’re actually a bit extra flat and agency than the entrance seats, as so many rear seats are, however the leg room is unimaginable, sufficient to rival massive luxurious sedans. Headroom is, actually, no slouch both. The adjustable recline provides to the consolation.
Cargo house however is nice, nevertheless it’s not class-leading. It is the identical whatever the powertrain, which is handy, however at 36.3 cubic ft, it isn’t as spacious as Kia Sportage or Toyota RAV4. The hybrids additionally lack a spare tire, which these rivals have. You’ll be able to take a deeper dive into the cargo space with our Honda CR-V baggage take a look at.
The CR-V might not have an inside that stuns in photos or shocks associates with techno gimmicks. However it’ll wow you frequently, impressing you with high quality, consolation and comfort that you’re going to by no means get uninterested in.