2020 HONDA CROSSOVER GETS SIGNIFICANT UPGRADES IN TECHNOLOGY, FEATURES AND LX POWERTRAIN
- Popular LX trim adds 1.5L turbo engine, Honda Sensing® as standard
- All-new electrified CR-V Hybrid to join the lineup early next year
- America’s most popular crossover recently reached 5-million sales mark
The refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, an updated take on America’s most popular crossover, begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features, and a new turbocharged powertrain for the popular LX trim, along with standard Honda Sensing® technologies on all grades. With cumulative U.S. sales now topping the 5-million-unit mark, the 2020 model looks to extend CR-V’s position as the best-selling crossover in America over the past 22 years.
The 2020 CR-V goes on sale with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starting at $25,0501 (excluding destination and handling charges) for the front-wheel-drive LX model, an increase of just $600 despite the addition of Honda Sensing and a more powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to the LX trim. An all-new, even more powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid-electric CR-V will join the lineup early next year.
All 2020 CR-Vs benefit from new front and rear exterior styling cues, including a redesigned front bumper and grille, and new headlight designs. EX and EX-L trims also get redesigned alloy wheels, while Touring grades get new 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels and tires. The 2020 model also debuts three new exterior colors: Radiant Red Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Aegean Blue Pearl.
Inside, CR-V’s spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned center console with more conveniently located USB ports and more flexible storage space, while the line-topping CR-V Touring adds a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.
Mechanically, the biggest change to the 2020 CR-V is the addition of the 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine for the popular LX trim, which replaces a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. For the LX, this means more power (+6 horsepower), a flatter torque curve (179 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5000 rpm vs. 180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined).
Importantly, the CR-V LX also gets Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, extending these popular features throughout the CR-V lineup.
2020 CR-V Pricing & EPA Data
|Model / Trim / Drivetrain||MSRP1||MSRP1 Including $1,095 Destination Charge||EPA Mileage Rating
|CR-V LX (2WD)||$25,050||$26,145||28 / 34 / 30|
|CR-V LX (AWD)||$26,550||$27,645||27 / 32 / 29|
|CR-V EX (2WD)||$27,560||$28,655||28 / 34 / 30|
|CR-V EX (2WD)||$29,060||$30,155||27 / 32 / 29|
|CR-V EX-L (2WD)||$30,050||$31,145||28 / 34 / 30|
|CR-V EX-L (AWD)||$31,550||$32,645||27 / 32 / 29|
|CR-V Touring (2WD)||$33,250||$34,345||28 / 34 / 30|
|CR-V Touring (AWD)||$34,750||$35,845||27 / 32 / 29|
All gasoline-powered 2020 CR-Vs now feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and 179 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), delivering refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range. Available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive, power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.
More information on the CR-V Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain will be available closer to when it goes on sale early next year.
2020 Honda CR-V Powertrain Details
|2020 CR-V LX, EX, EX-L, Touring|
|Engine Type||Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)||190 @ 5600|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm SAE net)||179 @ 2000-5000|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||73 x 89.5|
|Maximum Boost (psi)||18.5|
|Valvetrain||16-Valve DOHC w/dual VTC|
|Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System||•|
|Low-Inertia Mono-Scroll Turbocharger||•|
SOPHISTICATED EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR STYLING
The 2020 Honda CR-V’s more upscale and distinctive presence comes courtesy of a new blackout grille, and broad new openings for the fog lights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get new, round LED fog lights. The added sophistication continues in back with dark-tinted taillight lenses, a dark chrome tailgate garnish and more darkly tinted rear glass. EX and EX-L trims get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while the Touring trim’s new, larger 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch) raise the bar on the Touring’s stance and upscale demeanor. Touring trims also get new chrome exhaust finishers. Three new exterior colors come to the CR-V – Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Pearl – expanding to eight the number of color choices available for CR-V.
Inside, all 2020 Honda CR-Vs get a redesigned center console that is easier to use, with more flexible storage options, while CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Other in-vehicle technologies include a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display, available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. Additional available tech includes remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats.
ADVANCED SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Beginning with the 2020 model year, all Honda CR-V trims come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights.
The 2020 CR-V also incorporates the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and targets the highest collision safety ratings. These include a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)3 and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention with Honda Sensing.
|SAFETY & DRIVER ASSISTIVE FEATURES||LX||EX||EX-L||Touring|
|Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (HS)||•||•||•||•|
|Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control||•||•||•||•|
|Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||•||•||•||•|
|Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)||•||•||•||•|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)||•||•||•||•|
|Daytime Running Lights (DRL)||•||•||•||•|
|Multi-Angle Rearview Camera||With guidelines||With dynamic guidelines||With dynamic guidelines||With dynamic guidelines|
|Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure||•||•||•||•|
|Advanced Front Airbags||•||•||•||•|
|Front Side Airbags||•||•||•||•|
|Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor||•||•||•||•|
|3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions||•||•||•||•|
|Front 3-Point Seat Belts w/ Automatic Tensioning System||•||•||•||•|
|Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)||•||•||•||•|
|Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder||•||•||•||•|
|Child-Proof Rear Door Locks||•||•||•||•|
(HS)=feature is a component of the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
The 2020 Honda CR-V maintains the same class-leading agility and confidence-inspiring handling as before. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension use specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote responsive turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable-ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel.
Model Trim Level Summary
|Honda Sensing (new to trim)|
|Auto high/low beams (new to trim)|
|1.5-liter engine (new to trim)|
|12V power outlet|
|Black exterior door handles|
|Black exterior mirrors|
|17-inch alloy wheels|
|Automatic climate control|
|Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines|
|4-speaker audio system|
(New features for 2020 in bold)
|EX (add or replace from LX)|
|LED Fog lights|
|One-touch moonroof with tilt feature|
|Blind spot information|
|8-way power driver’s seat|
|7-inch Display Audio system with six-speakers|
|Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration|
|Smart Start / Smart Entry|
|Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines|
|Heated front seats|
|Mirror turn signals|
|Heated outside mirrors|
|Body-color door handles|
|Rear Cross Traffic Monitor|
|2 Rear USB|
|Dual-zone automatic climate control|
|Front tweeters (+2 speakers)|
|Auto up/down windows|
|Variable intermittent windshield wipers|
|Passenger-side seatback pocket|
(New features for 2020 in bold)
|EX-L (add or replace from EX)|
|Leather seating surfaces|
|4-way power passenger seat|
|Auto dimming rearview mirror|
|Driver’s seat memory controls|
|Leather-wrapped steering wheel|
|Rear tweeters (+2 speakers)|
|Touring (add or replace from EX-L)|
|19-inch alloy wheels (+1-inch)|
|Heated steering wheel|
|Updated LED high and low-beam headlights|
|Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™|
|Hands-free access power tailgate|
|9-speaker premium audio (+1 speaker)|
(New features for 2020 in bold)
1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program
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