New HR-V Pilot, CR-V and SUV

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It looks like 2023 is the year of the SUV at Honda. The redesigned CR-V looks better inside and out and offers a bigger footprint along with lots of new features. The HR-V is also new and now shares the platform with the Civic, which means it’s significantly larger than the older Fit-based models. It switches to a 158-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, again with an automatic CVT. The three-row pilot goes under the knife, but Honda has only teased the new model so far. The two-line passport hasn’t changed for this year, but we expect a new version to follow next year’s Pilot.

Despite its focus on popular sport-utes, Honda didn’t neglect the fun. The Civic Type R hot hatch is new for 2023 and adopts the look of the latest Civic, although the big, luxurious wing is still part of the deal. The 2.0-liter turbocharged Type R engine and six-speed manual remain, but they now make 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The new Accord will arrive in early 2023. Spy photos show that the Accord will adopt an evolutionary look with slimmer headlights and taillights. The base 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is likely to carry over, and we expect the 2.0-liter turbo to be as well. Honda says hybrids will be the top powertrain choice, as it targets half of the Accord’s sales to be gas-electric versions.

In other hybrid news, the Insight is dead, but the Civic hybrid is slated to replace it. Honda’s flagship EV offering to date is also coming, but won’t arrive until 2024. It’s called the Prolog and will be a midsize SUV co-developed with GM.

The Ridgeline pickup remains unchanged, and the Odyssey minivan gets a new Sport trim level with black wheels.

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