(First Drive) 2023 Honda CRV Touring Hybrid – Finally, It’s Available in Canada!


This week I am super excited as Honda Canada is providing me with this all-new 2023 Honda CRV Touring Hybrid (CRV Hybrid) to test drive for a week. This is one of those back-to-back test drive comparison initiative as I will also be test driving the gas engine version of this all-new 2023 Honda CRV EX-L.

For the very 1st time, Honda Canada is making this CRV Hybrid available in Canada. As some auto enthusiast may know, the U.S. has been getting the hybrid version since 2020, so it’s a little bit before us.

I am guessing Honda Canada wanted to wait for the all-new redesign CRV to launch this year in 2023 and then bringing in the hybrid as an option.

What’s my initial impression of this CRV Hybrid? I luv everything about it. I luv the looks, the exterior is by far the most sport, aggressive and luxurious compared to the other trim level that I have seen so far. And it’s no brainer on this one as Honda Canada is ONLY offering 1 hybrid trim level (Touring) and this is top-of-the-line with tons of goodies on the exterior as well is inside the vehicle.

I also like the way the interior looks, the orange accent stitching on the black seats made it a little bit cooler (quite honestly, I really wish Honda to offer funky interior seats such as racing red or orange or maple brown, but sadly, they don’t).

This CRV Touring Hybrid comes with the Canyon River Blue Metallic body paint, which I really like. It’s very subtle, yet looks elegant and upscale, especially if you view the rear side with the CRV signature taillights.

Moment I put my foot on the gas pedal, this CRV Hybrid flies, it’s quick on the go and I am enjoying the fuel efficiency of this ride so far.

And you know I prefer gas engine vehicles as I just prefer the overall driving experience. But so far, I can’t believe myself saying this, but I am digging this CRV Hybrid. To the point that, I am wondering why it took so damn long for Honda Canada to offer hybrid on the CRV? They should have done this sooner! I guess good things are worth the wait!

Special thanks to @HondaCanada for providing me with this CRV Hybrid + CRV gas engine for a back-to-back comparsion during these 2 weeks!

2023 Honda CRV Touring Hybrid SPECS:
MSRP: $50,971 CDN
4-dr, 5 passenger SUV
2.0-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC 4-cylinder
Gas Horsepower: 145 hp @ 6100 rpm
Electric Horsepower: 181 hp @ 5000-8000 rpm
Combined Total Power: 204 hp
Gas Torque: 138  lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Combined Torque: 247 lb-ft @ 0-2000 rpm
Electric-Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT)
6.0/6.9/6.4 L/100 KM (City/Hwy/Combined) fuel economy* (Real Time AWD™)


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