2020 Honda CR-V in Springfield
Always a best-seller, the Honda CR-V is back after a midcycle refresh, and it’s ready to take dealerships by storm. The 2020 edition brings some exciting new changes, like a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and the inclusion of excellent active safety features on all models, even the base trim. It also gets a new and unique exterior look, adding sleekness and a more modern feel. Since the crossover class is so competitive, Honda has made sure that this model year’s CR-V is fresh and exciting, even when it’s not quite due for a redesign.
For the first time ever, Honda will also introduce a CR-V Hybrid for the U.S. market, after previously having one available only in Europe. It’s expected to debut in the spring of 2020, and so we’ll just discuss the conventional gasoline-only CR-V on this page.
What’s New for 2020?
The CR-V now comes standard with a 1.5-liter 190 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s also debuting a more refined, yet confident – some might even call it aggressive – appearance. The fog lights are fully integrated into the front bumper, and it has a more pronounced chrome grille. All trim grades also receive new dark-tinted taillights and dark chrome under the rear glass for a sleek appearance with the tinted rear window. The Touring trim ramps up its looks with eye-catching chrome exhaust tips. This year also brings three brand-new colors: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic.
Inside, the center console has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and provide more storage options. Other interior features that will be either standard or available include a 7-inch touchscreen audio display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation, remote engine start, and dual-zone climate control. The Touring trim now gets a standard Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging station.
While front-wheel-drive is the default, all-wheel drive – which most drivers in this part of the country prefer – will be available on all trims. One of the most welcome changes for 2020 is that the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features will now come standard on all trim levels. This is an improvement from the 2019 model, which did not include Honda Sensing on the base trim. Some of the included technologies are a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning and pedestrian-sensing capability, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed lane keeping assist. Higher trims will be eligible for (or get as standard) additional active safety technology, such as a blind spot information system, rear cross-traffic monitor, and auto high beam headlights.