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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small suv

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sport Touring

Vehicle Type: Small suv Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 7

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $38,600
Price as Tested: $39,845

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14
EPA City mpg40
EPA Highway mpg34
EPA Combined mpg37

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The compact CR-V crossover SUV was introduced in 1997. Honda's best-selling vehicle in the U.S., it consistently places in the top 10 vehicles sold. The Hybrid, introduced in 2020, could be considered icing on the cake. The sixth-generation, new-for-2023 CR-V delivers excellent value. It's just the right size for many motorists, and it provides a comfortable ride, with a solid-feeling suspension. Its spacious cabin offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo, lots of storage cubbies, incline-adjustable rear seats, and good visibility all around. Additionally, all CR-Vs come with a solid lineup of ADAS features, including traffic-jam assist. Want more? The CR-V's exterior styling is improved over previous generations, and, in the all-wheel-drive version, its smooth drivetrain delivers both adequate power and an EPA—estimated 37 mpg in combined city/highway driving (higher for the front-wheel-drive version). And all for an MSRP that starts around $33,000. But the CR-V doesn’t get off scot-free—although complaints are relatively minor. The infotainment system and rearview camera's image quality, perennial CR-V weak points, need updating and improving. The quality of the interior's fit and finish is good, but the styling remains on the bland side. And the hybrid powertrain can be a bit noisy under load

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Pros and Cons


  • Good value—useful size, good mpg, good purchase price
  • Comfortable ride
  • Smooth drivetrain, sufficient power
  • Improved styling


  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Poor rearview camera image quality
  • Somewhat noisy powertrain under load

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3926.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 184.8 / 73.5 / 66.5
Wheelbase (in): 106.3
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
Front and rear tire size: 235/55 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): 1,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 i-VTEC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 145 @ 6,100
Electric motor horsepower: 181
Combined system horsepower: 204

Test Data

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Handling: 6.49
Quality and Drivability: 7.67

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