The sixth-generation CR-V compact crossover is here, and with it comes the latest Hybrid model, which Honda expects will make up about 50 percent of all CR-V sales.

We think 100 percent of customers will be pleased with their new CR-V, but for the half picking up Hybrids, you’ll be especially thrilled with the updated powertrain on top of the other gen-six overhauls– all of which we experienced firsthand in Santa Barbara, California.

The powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, paired with a two-motor hybrid system. Together they make 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque; increases of three ponies and 15 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The Sport Hybrid is front-wheel drive by default, with all-wheel available. The Sport Touring is AWD only. Regenerative brakes and one-pedal driving help efficiency, now up to 43 miles-per-gallon city, 36 highway and 40 combined.

STEVEN TRUANT: “When it comes to hybrids, you really do get the best of both worlds: more horsepower and better fuel efficiency, and the 2023 CR-V hybrid is a great example of doing just that. We were cruising through some Santa Barbara backroads earlier and the extra 15 lb-ft of torque really helps in propelling out of the corners.”

Inside, the front seats have been revised for posture and stability. Rear passengers gain over half-an-inch more legroom, and cargo space grows to 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats; up to 76.5 when folded. The Sport comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen, while the Sport Touring boasts a 9-incher; although both trims include digital gauge clusters for easy readouts.

With a starting price ranging from the mid-to-high thirty-thousands, we can see why at least half of 2023 Honda CR-V sales will be for one of these hybrids.