Vehicle Profile: 2020 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a compelling midsize SUV. It’s not hard to understand why. Redesigned for 2020, the CR-V is practical, refined and easy on fuel. Plus, it has strong safety scores, making it a top pick for families.
Features and practicality
Every 2020 Honda CR-V model, except the base LX, is equipped with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, as well as SiriusXM® satellite radio. With this setup, you might find yourself listening to your favorite playlists a lot more than you would otherwise, making the available 9-speaker audio system an especially nice treat. The interior uses high-quality materials, faux-wood accents, brushed-satin finishes and chromed plastic to create a genuinely upscale look. It’s easy to relax in the CR-V’s seats, and 3-stage heating for the front seats, plus dual-zone climate control, further contribute to comfort. Meanwhile, 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats ensure there’s enough room for everyone’s belongings. This nearly doubles to 75.8 cubic feet with the seats down.
Engine performance and efficiency
Regardless of trim level, the 2020 Honda CR-V comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Torque kicks in at a low rpm, making it easy for you to pass other cars and get up to highway speeds without really having to put your foot down. The CR-V rides well and handles nicely, consuming just 34 miles per gallon on the highway, or 32 with the available all-wheel-drive system.*
For 2020, the CR-V is also offered with a new hybrid model. It pairs a 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder with two electric motors, putting out 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque via a continuously variable automatic transmission. At lower speeds, it’s capable of running on electric power alone, though you never have to plug it in. Expect 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway** — and that’s with AWD, which comes standard on the CR-V Hybrid.
Advanced safety technologies
One of the 2020 Honda CR-V’s biggest strengths is its safety features. Every new CR-V is equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ capable of bringing the SUV to a stop when it detects a frontal collision. Honda Sensing® also comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation System and Lane Keeping Assist System, though the CR-V’s long list of safety features doesn’t stop there. It also has a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, Auto High-Beam Headlights, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines and more.
The 2020 Honda CR-V may be classified as a small SUV, but it packs a big punch with lots of features, generous cargo space, family-friendly safety and competitive fuel economy ratings. Small families ought to keep an eye out for it when shopping for a new ride.
*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
This article is presented by Walnut Creek Honda.