Honda CR-V: Refresh, specs, features

Andrew Cummings
September 20, 2019

With its updated 1.5-liter turbo, that version gets CR-V now gets 27 mpg in the EPA's city rating, with 33 highway and 29 combined. The 2020 CR-V will begin arriving at dealerships this fall, with the hybrid to follow early next year.

The upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four with two electric motors.

Honda is adding a hybrid version of the CR-V compact crossover for 2020, which promises significantly higher mpg. Honda didn't say how much the CR-V Hybrid would cost. While non-hybrid variants get a chrome exhaust, the hybrid variants get concealed exhaust pipes. The new gas-electric model is accompanied by a few other changes to the CR-V lineup such as styling tweaks, a few small interior changes, and newly standard driver-assist features. In the Accord sedan, the two-motor system is EPA-rated up to 48 mpg combined.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in AWD gets 40 mpg combined.

Honda CR-V will also be powered by a 1.5 liter turbocharged, 4 cylinder engine offering 190 PS power and 242 Nm torque.

The hybrid version of the model was first unveiled in 2017 at the Shanghai Motor Show; after two years of waiting, the semi-electric CR-V is finally ready to hit the United States market and will launch with the 2020 refresh of the vehicle. The 1.5-liter turbo-4 makes 190 hp and was EPA-rated in the low-30s combined past year, which was already near the top among compact crossovers for efficiency.

While the 2020 CR-V Hybrid won't be delivering mileage in the 60 to 70 mpg range, it should still impress, according to Art St. Cyr, vice president of automotive operations for American Honda, who said at a Wednesday media briefing, we should see "almost a 50% improvement in city fuel economy", compared to the conventional gas model. The VTEC Turbo engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with front- and all-wheel drive available. The Touring variant now comes with Qi-compatible wireless cellphone charging, while all trims feature a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility-not to mention the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

Other options will include power-adjustable front seats, rear USB ports, a digital instrument cluster, remote start, and heated front seats.

As standard, all Honda CR-Vs now come with the Honda Sensing driver assist package that includes automatic braking with forward collision warning and pedestrian sensing, road departure and lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist.

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