Honda has redesigned its most popular SUV, the CR-V, for the 2023 model year. For example, the car manufacturer has reduced the number of versions to four and increased the interior space through larger proportions. With Android Auto becoming more and more popular, customers will be pleased to know that the latest Honda CR-V offers this feature on all models. However, not all models support wireless connectivity. Find out which 2023 Honda CR-V models have wireless Android Auto.
Overview Honda CR-V 2023
The 2023 Honda CR-V offers four trims: the EX, EX-L, Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid. The EX starts at $31,110 and has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and while front-wheel drive is standard, you get the option of all-wheel drive.
According to Honda, the EX-L, Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid trims start at $33,760, $32,450 and $38,600. The EX-L shares the same powertrain as the EX, but offers minor upgrades such as leather-trimmed seats, a power liftgate and a 4-way power passenger seat.
The Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid feature a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and a high-torque traction motor. Together, this system produces 204 horsepower. While AWD is optional on the Sport Hybrid, it is standard on the top-of-the-line Sport Touring Hybrid.
Which 2023 Honda CR-V versions have wireless Android Auto?
Android Auto is available with all 2023 Honda CR-V trims, including the base model EX. However, only the two most expensive options – the EX-L and Sport Touring Hybrid – have wireless Android Auto.
The software brings Android smartphone apps to the CR-V’s infotainment screen, e.g. messages, maps, dialer, etc. With that, you don’t have to fiddle with your phone when making a call or using navigation functions.
To use wired Android Auto, you need to connect your phone to the car via a USB cable. Also, only phones with Android 8.0 or higher are compatible. For Android Auto to work wirelessly, you need a phone with 5 GHz Wi-Fi support, Android 11.0 or later, and an active data plan.
According to Android Central, a new Android Auto update is available on the Google Play Store. Allows you to add app shortcuts to your car screen. Google also announced that it would redesign Android Auto’s user interface to add additional functionality and make it easier to navigate between apps. However, the UI changes are yet to roll out.
Other audio and connectivity features in the CR-V 2023
The 2023 Honda CR-V is also compatible with Apple CarPlay. As with Android Auto, you need a wired connection to the two lower trims, while the EX-L and Sport Touring Hybrid support a wireless connection.
Bluetooth is standard on all models with hands-free use and audio streaming capabilities. In addition to USB outlets, there are also 12-volt outlets on the front console and in the luggage compartment for other devices.
EX and Sport Hybrid buyers get a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while those choosing the top two finishes get an upgraded 9.0-inch screen.
The sound system also depends on the upholstery. The two lower models have a six-speaker 240-watt audio system. The EX-L comes with a 320-watt audio system with eight speakers. Top trim buyers get a Sport Touring Hybrid-exclusive Bose Premium sound system with a subwoofer in a 12-speaker setup.
In addition, they get a satellite-linked navigation system with extras such as speech recognition and updates of traffic incidents.