News Roundup: 2023 Honda Accord, Jeep Cherokee, More

In this week's news you might have missed, Honda has priced the 2023 Accord, Jeep is shrinking the Cherokee lineup, and the first Lexus EV is almost at dealers.

By Evan Williams Wheels.ca

Jan 23, 2023 3 min. read

Article was updated 14 days ago

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Honda Accord priced

Honda has just priced the all-new 2023 Accord ahead of the sedan's arrival at dealers next month. The 2023 Honda Accord will start from $37,000 plus destination for the base EX trim, while the hybrid Sport is $41,000, and the hybrid Touring trim is $44,500. Honda has gone longer and sleeker with the new shape, but has also added some big tech. This is the first Honda to get Google built-in, including Google Assistant, Maps, and Play to enhance in-car apps and voice controls. The hybrid models are expected to deliver 5.3 L/100 km combined, making it the most efficient vehicle in the current Honda lineup. All Accords come with the Honda Sensing driver assist suite including Traffic Jam Assist, adaptive cruise, and more.

Jeep Cherokee loses the V6

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Jeep is shrinking the number of different versions of the Cherokee crossover it offers for 2023. This model year cuts the number of trim levels from seven to just two, and the 3.6L V6 engine is cut along with it. For 2023 Jeep is offering the Cherokee Altitude and the Cherokee Trailhawk. The former has a 180 hp 2.4L naturally aspirated four, the latter a 270 hp 2.0L turbo-four. The Trailhawk is the more off-road focused version that includes a more advanced AWD system with Low setting and a mechanically locking rear differential. Pricing for the 2023 Cherokee has not yet been announced.

Small block lives at GM

GM has just confirmed it will be building a new generation of V8 engines. The confirmation comes as GM announces a US $854m (CAD 1.14B) investment into several of its U.S. powertrain facilities to retool for the sixth-generation small block V8 engine. The announcement also included investments into manufacturing EV components for two of the four facilities. Not mentioned was the GM St Catharines Propulsion Plant, the sole Canadian facility that manufactures GM's current V8 engines. GM did not release any details or information about the new engine family.

Lexus EV pricing

Lexus RX EV

Lexus has just priced its first EV. The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e hits dealers soon, starting from $64,950 before destination. The RZ offers 308 hp from its two electric motors, while the 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery delivers an estimated 360 km of range. The RZ starts with Signature trim which includes 18-inch alloys, LED lights, and a 14-inch touch screen. The RZ 450e Luxury ($73,550) adds a fixed glass roof, ventilated front seats, panoramic monitor and more, and the $80,950 Executive trim includes Mark Levinson audio, acoustic glass, advanced park assist, and more.

AJAC winners

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada announced its 12 category winners for the 2023 Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. 11 different manufacturers made the grade this year. Jurors from across Canada cast more than 1,700 ballots based on their drives over the past year. The 2023 Canadian Car of the Year and 2023 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year overall winners will be presented at the Toronto auto show on February 16th.

Best Small Car in Canada for 2023

Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2023
Genesis G90

Best Sports Performance Car in Canada for 2023
Hyundai Elantra N

Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Toyota Corolla Cross

Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Mitsubishi Outlander

Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Kia Telluride

Best Mid-Size Premium Utility in Canada for 2023
Lexus NX

Best Large Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2023
Volvo XC90

Best Small Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023
Ford Maverick

Best Large Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2023
Ram 1500

Best EV in Canada for 2023
Hyundai IONIQ 5

Best Premium EV in Canada for 2023
BMW i4




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