For almost 20 years, the famous Japanese carmaker produced one of the best-selling crossover SUVs. Now, the upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V Touring will continue the tradition presenting the right mixture of value, utility, and reliability. No doubt, the CR-V Touring has many admirers in the States. We expect that the fan base will grow even more when the new model hits the streets.
Elegant exterior design, in combination with a spacious and comfortable cabin, powerful engine, and excellent safety features, won’t go unnoticed. The Touring is the most luxurious and best-equipped version of the 2020 CR-V. The starting price is in range with similar vehicles from the class. But, this crossover delivers much more standard equipment and far better safety features. Also, Honda plans to include the hybrid powertrain for the Touring as well.
2020 Honda CR-V Touring Changes
2020 Honda CR-V Touring introduces bright and appealing design, sprinkled with stylish details and elegant curves. Of course, the first thing you are going to notice is the company’s famous grille. For this version, the grille comes chromed, so there’s no way you are going to miss it. Also, the redesigned front bumper will give the SUV a more defined look.
On top of that, the curved edges of the bonnet provide additional visual flair. On the side, these design elements will lead the eye to a neat tail with a bit o sporty appearance. The CR-V Touring rolls on 18-inch wheels. Frankly, the wheel design could be better. This way, we afraid it will draw too much attention.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring comes with a leather interior, which perfectly contrasts the black dashboard. This combination makes the cabin seem larger than it is. The driver’s seat is one of the best features of this interior. This seat includes a 12-way power adjustment, excellent bolstering, good lumbar support, and a heated cushion.
Also, the driver’s seat offers a good vantage point to look out over the slanted hood. The “shotgun” seat reflects these qualities, only has a limitation to 4-way adjustment. By the look of it, the headroom is decent, but the legroom could be more generous. In the back, CR-V Touring offers enough space for two adult passengers. The rear-seats crew will appreciate two available USB ports and air conditioning vents, as well.
Dual-zone climate control is part of the standard package, and with two knobs and marked buttons, it’s very user-friendly. The 7-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment system, and the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration is available. Perhaps the display could be a little bit bigger, but this one offers outstanding response time and a relatively simple interface.
Moreover, CR-V Touring offers plenty of room in the center console. So, you can easily store items inside the glove box, or small bins around the seats. The cargo area is generous, with 39.2 cubic feet of space. Of course, that amount expands up to 75.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.
Honda Sensing and Safety Features
Honda is the absolute leader in making advanced safety technology available for every single vehicle they produce. So, you can bet that the Honda Sensing suite will be available as a standard part of the equipment.
The Sensing suite consists of adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Standard features are a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and a road departure mitigation system as well. The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring provides outstanding passenger protection with the Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick” ranking.
Under the hood of 2020 Honda CR-V Touring will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrain. This unit produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, making the crossover more agile and enjoyable for driving. Although, under hard acceleration, the engine can be loud. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels unless you choose the company’s Real-Time 4WD configuration.
Honda claims that the 4WD system sends up to 40% of the ability to the rear wheels, and provide additional traction. The EPA fuel economy for the AWD models is 29 mpg combined. The company is planning to introduce the hybrid powertrain for Touring soon.
2020 Honda CR-V Touring Release Date and Price
Honda CR-V offers four different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and top-ranking Touring. The base LX cost slightly over $25,000. The EX version adds more equipment and starts at $28,000. On the other hand, EX-L includes leather-upholstery and comes with a price tag of $31,500.
But, the king of the hill is the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring. The MSRP of the most expensive model will be $33,200, including $1,050 of destination charge. The official release date is still unknown. The Japanese automaker will probably wait for the sales results of the hybrid version. After, that the compact-crossover will be ready for the dealerships worldwide.