I realize this is heresy on the CR-V forum, but . . . We've consistently owned Hondas since the 1980s and currently own a 2020 CR-V EX. When we sold our 2017 Pilot we wanted something similar size (at least on the inside) but were interested in looking at a hybrid for the better gas mileage. We test drove a 2022 CR-V Hybrid, but weren't impressed (particularly after seeing the 2023 price increase). After viewing a couple online reviews, we test drove a 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid and ended up ordering one for the following reasons: 1) although smaller outside than the Pilot, it seemed just as big on the inside , 2) much peppier than the CR-V when accelerating and passing; 3) a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission (vs the CR-V's CVT); 4) significantly quieter, particularly when accelerating; 5) longer warranty (5 yr/60,000 bumper to bumper, 10 yr/100,000 power train); 6) much better sounding radio/stereo; 7) greater towing capacity than the CR-V (2,500 vs. 1,000 lbs); 8) real spare tire; and 9) more features for significantly less money. The only thing I truly dislike is the rotary shifter - though I've gotten used to it. The first few tanks of gas the mileage wasn't that good, but once it hit around 1,500 miles we started consistently getting mid 30s mpg in Minnesota winter (we took delivery in mid-December), and have gotten as high as 44 mpg on one trip.