Honda Says 2023 Honda CR-V Interior Design Is Not Civic

Interior of the 2023 Honda CR-V

Interior of the 2023 Honda CR-V
Image: Honda

Honda is finally readying an all-new 2023 CR-V. It’s such a distinct vehicle and it’s retained its unique design cues that make it a CR-V from generation to generation, to the point that we don’t have really no need to guess what it will look like. Nonetheless, Honda has been teasing us with CR-V images for the past few weeks, with recently released images of the front fascia and interior. It was when I saw the interior that I noticed something: it’s a brand new vehicle, but we’ve seen this interior before.

Interior of the 2022 Honda Civic

Interior of the 2022 Honda Civic
Image: Honda

Look closely at that dashboard and tell me it doesn’t look exactly like the interior of the Civic.

Since the CR-V is an all-new vehicle, I wondered why maybe Honda hadn’t put a little more effort into creating a more uniquely designed interior. I mean, if they can transfer something like the CR-V’s signature long taillights to each generation, they could have given it a more CR-V-specific interior, right? Wanting answers, I reached out to Honda to see what they had to say about it.

Interior of the 2023 Honda HR-V

Interior of the 2023 Honda HR-V
Image: Honda

I’ve been told that the CR-V’s interior isn’t based on the Civic or the new HR-V, but rather on the three common design elements. Honda calls its new interior design language “Simplicity and Something”, the main feature of which is the metallic mesh accent that runs across the dashboard of the Civic, CR-V and HR-V. Some would say that’s where the similarity comes from. I would disagree and would say it’s more than that. Everything is the same, down to the placement of the buttons. Rather than saying it’s identical, Honda says the button placement is “family friendly” (Honda’s words). I mean, of course.

While it’s good to have a sense of familiarity between the vehicles, seeing as this is an all-new model, they could have tried harder; it could have been more unique or as original as the CR-V was. Make no mistake, none of this is to say the design is bad. It’s not. Personally, I think these three interiors are some of the best Honda has ever made. I just don’t like being sold on something as new and unique when it looks like a cut and paste job inside a different vehicle.

Betty K. Park