2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring Interior and Exterior. One of America’s most popular crossover SUVs since its 1997 U.S. introduction, Honda’s compact Civic-based CR-V for 2020 benefits from a slight facelift, new features and upgraded powertrains, including a new gas/electric hybrid version. Honda’s third application of its two-motor hybrid-electric system (joining Accord and Insight hybrids), the CR-V Hybrid foretells future hybrid Hondas down the road. Honda is targeting two-thirds of its global vehicle sales to be “electrified” and 15 percent to be full battery electric (BEV) by 2030.
For 2020, all CR-Vs now feature standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology (previously available only on EX and above), and all non-hybrids are powered by the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo 4-cylinder that was offered in EX and higher trims. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, it pumps 190 ponies through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 2020 CR-V Hybrid model followed a few months later. EX and EX-L trims will get new 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while Touring trims will roll on new 19-inch wheels and tires.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at $27,750 for the base LX model, which undercuts the hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. The EX trim level retails at $30,260, while the EX-L carries an MSRP of $32,750. The top-of-the-line 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring prices begin at $35,590. All prices exclude $1,120 delivery.
The base price for the Honda CR-V Hybrid is $600 less than the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which starts at $28,350 plus $1,120 delivery. The RAV4 Hybrid tops out at $36,880 plus delivery for the Limited.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid also undercuts the price of the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, which begins at $28,255 for a base front-drive model, while a more comparable all-wheel-drive Ford Escape Hybrid begins at $29,755. Both these prices are before the $1,1 95 destination charge.
In addition to being the least expensive of its pack, the Honda CR-V Hybrid is also easier on the wallet as a step up model in its own lineup. At its $27,750 base price, the hybrid CR-V is just $1,200 more than a standard 2020 Honda CR-V LX with all-wheel drive. That makes it something of a no-brainer.
The new hybrid CR-V has an EPA fuel economy rating of 40 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The standard, gasoline-powered all-wheel-drive 2020 CR-V is rated at 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
Compared to its two main hybrid SUV rivals, the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Honda trails them slightly in fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4, which is also all-wheel drive only, is rated at 41 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
The Ford Escape Hybrid is rated at 44 mpg city/37 mpg in front-wheel-drive form, and 43 mpg city/37 mpg highway for all-wheel drive.
The standard Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist features includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).
Also available are blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam headlights, and the Hybrids will have a new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) with a front-bumper speaker that audibly alerts pedestrians when operating electric-only.
The CR-V Hybrid is on sale now. It arrived at dealer lots on March 1, 2020.
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