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2020 Honda CR-V Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Competes with:Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Looks like: A baby Honda Pilot

Drivetrains: 190-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission in front- or all-wheel drive (non-hybrid); 2.0-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors for a total of 212 hp in all-wheel drive (hybrid)

Hits dealerships: Fall 2019 (non-hybrid); early 2020 (hybrid)

Honda’s popular CR-V compact SUV gets a major update for 2020 with fresh styling, more standard safety features and new powertrains, including a hybrid model. The 2020 CR-V hybrid is the automaker’s first hybrid SUV — and according to Honda, it’s just the first of many.

Related: What’s the Best Compact SUV of 2019?

Exterior

The 2020 model takes on a beefier look thanks to bigger foglight openings, a larger chrome grille and dark-tinted taillights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get rounded LED foglights, while CR-V Hybrid models in the same trims get different bar-type foglights with five LEDs. Other hybrid-specific cues include badging and a blue Honda logo in the center of the grille.

Three new exterior colors are available: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic on regular and hybrid models, and new Aegean Blue Metallic is available only on non-hybrid models.

Interior

Much of the cabin — including the multimedia system — carries over from the 2019 model, but Honda says it redesigned the center console bin to make it easier to use. Also new is a standard Qi-compatible wirel...

Competes with:Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Looks like: A baby Honda Pilot

Drivetrains: 190-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission in front- or all-wheel drive (non-hybrid); 2.0-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors for a total of 212 hp in all-wheel drive (hybrid)

Hits dealerships: Fall 2019 (non-hybrid); early 2020 (hybrid)

Honda’s popular CR-V compact SUV gets a major update for 2020 with fresh styling, more standard safety features and new powertrains, including a hybrid model. The 2020 CR-V hybrid is the automaker’s first hybrid SUV — and according to Honda, it’s just the first of many.

Related: What’s the Best Compact SUV of 2019?

Exterior

The 2020 model takes on a beefier look thanks to bigger foglight openings, a larger chrome grille and dark-tinted taillights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get rounded LED foglights, while CR-V Hybrid models in the same trims get different bar-type foglights with five LEDs. Other hybrid-specific cues include badging and a blue Honda logo in the center of the grille.

Three new exterior colors are available: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic on regular and hybrid models, and new Aegean Blue Metallic is available only on non-hybrid models.

Interior

Much of the cabin — including the multimedia system — carries over from the 2019 model, but Honda says it redesigned the center console bin to make it easier to use. Also new is a standard Qi-compatible wireless cellphone charging pad for Touring models.

Hybrid models use a new push-button gear selector flanked by three switches for Econ, Sport or EV mode, as well as a specific instrument panel that displays power and charge status, power distribution and regeneration. Also specific to the CR-V Hybrid are deceleration selector paddles on the steering wheel. Drivers can increase the amount of regenerative braking from the hybrid system’s electric motor when decelerating by clicking the left paddle.

Although backseat and cargo specs haven’t been announced, Honda says the compact battery unit is mounted under the cargo floor, which should have minimal impact — if any — on space. A 60/40-split rear seatback with a flat load floor is standard.

Under the Hood

The new hybrid model is all-wheel drive, a first for Honda’s hybrids in the U.S., and uses a version of the automaker’s two-motor hybrid powertrain, shared with the current Accord Hybrid. It pairs two electric motors with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a total of 212 horsepower.

Fuel economy information hasn’t yet been released, but Honda says it will offer an EV-only mode and that it should see a 50 percent increase in the EPA city fuel economy rating compared with the regular CR-V. In EPA ratings, the turbocharged CR-V in two-wheel-drive trim is good for 28/34/30 mpg city/highway/combined. Honda says detailed specs, including EPA fuel economy ratings, will be released closer to on-sale timing early in 2020.

All non-hybrid 2020 CR-V models are now powered by the 190-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine previously available only in EX trims and above. It’s again available in front- or all-wheel-drive trim and pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Gone is the previously standard 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

Safety

Many compact SUVs, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester, have added standard safety features to even the base versions of their vehicles. The CR-V is finally getting competitive in this space with all 2020 CR-V models getting theHonda Sensing package as standard equipment. It includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Safety extras include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and an automatic high-beam system.

The 2020 CR-V will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide in the fall, followed by the launch of the all-new CR-V Hybrid in early 2020. The hybrid model will be manufactured at Honda’s Greensburg, Ind., plant alongside the regular CR-V and Insight hybrid.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Honda CR-V currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Honda CR-V has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CR-V received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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