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2020 Honda CR-V: What’s New?

The Honda CR-V entered its fifth generation in 2017. In 2020, this stylish crossover gets a handful of updates that better align it with its competition, including an advanced green powertrain, refreshed looks, and more. Here’s what’s our Rochester area crossover shoppers can expect from the 2020 Honda CR-V.

New Powertrains, Including an Electrifying Option

When the new-generation CR-V arrived, it brought with it a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine for its EX and higher trim levels. In 2020, this engine will become standard across the entire CR-V lineup and will continue to deliver 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. This will mark the end of the line for the old 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine that once occupied the CR-V LX’s engine compartment.

The biggest news is the 2020 CR-V will also join many of its competitors in offering a hybrid model. The details are still scant on this electrified CR-V, but we know it will use Honda’s two-motor hybrid-drive unit that will eliminate the need for a transmission. We also know this setup will produce 212 horsepower and will be the first application of the two-motor setup in an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

According to Honda, it will stash the hybrid battery and other controls under the cargo floor, which will minimally affect the CR-V’s excellent cargo area, if it impacts it at all. Honda also expects a 50% fuel economy boost in the city compared to the non-hybrid model.

New Year, New Style

While it is not a dramatic change, the 2020 Honda CR-V will get new front and rear ends to help keep things fresh. Up front, the 2020 CR-V will gain a new grille with a black crossbar, and a new bumper with a full-width black insert, a W-shaped bright applique near the bottom, and restyled fog lights.

The backside’s updates will be more subtle and will include a refreshed bumper with repositioned reflectors and a new full-width bright applique.

Rounding out the exterior updates will be new 18-inch wheels with dark gray and machined finishes on EX and EX-L trims, new 19-inch wheels on touring models in place of the old 18-inch rollers, and three new color options: Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic. The latter hue will be exclusive to the non-hybrid models.

Inside, all 2020 CR-V models will get a brand-new, easier-to-use center console bin with more flexible storage options. CR-V Touring models will gain a standard wireless charging pad. [JC1] 

Exclusive Hybrid Looks

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will set itself apart by more than just its powertrain. It will also get a unique look inside and out.

On the outside, the CR-V Hybrid will get “Hybrid” badging and a blue Honda logo on the center of the grille.

Inside, the CR-V Hybrid will boast an exclusive push-button transmission and switches for Econ, Sport, and EV modes. Econ mode will tune the engine and motor to maximize fuel economy. Sport mode will enhance throttle response and simulate engine noise via the Active Sound Control System. EV mode will allow the CR-V to run on battery power alone when there is enough charge.

The hybrid model will also feature a unique instrument cluster power/charge display, a driver-selectable display for power distribution and regeneration, and deceleration paddles on the steering wheel. The latter system will allow the driver to pull the left paddle and increase the regenerative braking when decelerating.

The 2020 Honda CR-V will hit the Garber Honda showroom serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas in the fall of 2019, and the CR-V Hybrid will arrive in early 2020. Keep an eye on our online inventory page to be the first to know when it is available for a test drive. Can’t wait for the 2020 CR-V to arrive in the Rochester area? We have plenty of in-stock 2019 CR-V models to pick from too.



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Justin Cupler

Justin Cupler

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