Honda Reintroduces LX Trim, Slashing Civic and CR-V’s Base Prices

  • Honda is adding a cheaper LX base trim to the 2023 CR-V, as first reported by Capital One.
  • The 2023 Civic also adds the LX, and it now starts under $25,000.
  • Honda says these LX models should help the company increase production.

Honda is dropping the base price of two of its most popular models, the Civic and CR-V, thanks to the reintroduction of the base LX trim level. Both had previously dropped this price-leading model for 2023, but a Honda spokesman said C/D that Honda decided to add the LX back due to “unprecedented demand”.

This is good news for buyers on the price front, as it causes the 2023 Civic’s base price to drop by $1400 and the 2023 CR-V’s by $3200. Honda also says this should help on the availability front, as these less well-equipped vehicles will not be as production limited by the microchip shortage.

The 2023 CR-V LX starts at $29,705 and does without much of the equipment offered on the EX. It has 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps instead of the EX’s 18-inch wheels and a manual driver’s seat instead of the EX’s power-adjustable seat. And it doesn’t have a sunroof, heated front seats or a blind spot monitoring system. But it does have the same 190-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine and it offers all-wheel drive as a $1,500 option like other CR-V trim levels.

2022 honda civic lx

The Civic LX, which starts at $24,545 for the sedan and $25,545 for the hatchback, is similarly underwhelming compared to the Civic Sport that sits a notch higher in the lineup. It has a 158-hp 2.0-liter inline-four and comes only with a CVT automatic; the hatchback’s Sport and Sport Touring trims still offer a manual transmission, but you’ll pay more for it.

Neither LX version is listed on Honda’s consumer website yet, but we found CR-V LXs listed in dealer inventory. Honda says the LXs will be added to the site in the coming weeks.

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Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession with the automotive industry during his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his first professional auto writing gig at Car Magazine. He was part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York.