Honda CR-V is one of the best-selling compact SUV. But, the competition is really tough. The main rivals surely will be Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Subaru Forester. The upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V is not an off-road vehicle, but the available AWD can handle very well the harsh terrains or deep snow.
Furthermore, the interior is very gracious, and the new model can accommodate up to five passengers. Also, the CR-V comes with a powerful turbocharged engine and an optional hands-free power liftgate for the Touring model. The 2020 Honda CR-V is a reliable small-crossover that can accomplish every-day-life needs with ease and in style.
2020 Honda CR-V Spy Shots
Honda’s best selling SUV brings a more aggressive and a little bit rougher exterior design than before. However, the spy shot doesn’t relieve too much, thanks to the heavy camouflage. Yet, we managed to spot a couple of changes that will affect the overall shape. New 2020 Honda CR-V includes a much wider stance and eye-catching wheel design.
Furthermore, the ground clearance is better than on the previous model, 7.8-inches for FWD models, and 8.2 inches for AWD. The vehicle seems less round and lumpy from the rear, and generally more firmly built. Moreover, besides the standard color options, the company announced a new, unique paint – the Platinum White Pearl.
The cabin of the upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V will definitely be one of the most elegant in the whole segment. The interior is very roomy, and the new model’s space is easy to utilize. To do the 60/40 split seats all you need is a simple pull of a lever. When that is done, the cargo area steps with a 2-tier setup.
On top of that, the floor can be totally flat, or set lower to store the items safely. Moreover, the higher trims include a pair of extra useful rear USB ports. The new CR-V comes in six different versions: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The entry-level LX comes with cruise control, a 6-way manual-adjust driver seats, single-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera.
Also, the standard equipment for this model includes a 4-speaker Soundsystem, with a 5-inch screen and Bluetooth connectivity. If you choose one of the higher trims, you’ll get a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and 7-inch display. Of course, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are available.
2020 Honda CR-V will present a very rich color palette. The potential customers will choose between ten exterior options and three interior color choices. The availability of certain color depending on the trim level. So, for the base model standard colors are Basque Red Pearl II, Obsidian Blue Pearl, and Crystal Black Pearl.
Moreover, with the LX model, you can get Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl as well. The Sandstorm Mettalicis reserved for EX, EX-L, and Touring. As well as the Molten Lava Pearl, Gunmetal Metallic, and Dark Olive Metallic.
As for the interior, the color choices are equally bold and stylish. The EX and LX trim levels have a Black Cloth interior. Moreover, the EX-L and Touring owners will enjoy the Black Leather interior.
2020 Honda CR-V Touring
Surely, the most impressive model of the new 2020 Honda CR-V is the Touring. Under the bonnet of this crossover is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder unit. This engine is capable to produce 190 hp with 179 lb-ft of torque. You’ll definitely enjoy in leather seatings and an amazing 330-watt/9-speaker premium audio system.
On the outside, the LED headlights come with an auto on/off function. Moreover, the Touring includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. This system offers a 3D rendering of terrain, roads, and buildings. But, one of the best features of the Touring model is the hands-free power tailgate.
The operation is so simple, you just need to kick your foot under the bumper and the hands-free access is granted. The Touring comes with FWD as a standard and the AWD as an optional system.
The upcoming 2020 Honda CR-V will deliver two engine options. The first one is a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder unit. This engine can produce 184 hp with 180 lb-ft of torque. But, this powertrain lags seriously behind the class rivals.
So, the second engine option is a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder mill. This engine is good for 190 hp with 179 lb-ft of twist. Also, the fuel economy numbers are better with the turbo unit. Furthermore, the standard CVT is available as well.
Maximum towing capacity is set to 1,500 pounds. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for the 2.4-liter unit is 26/32 mpg (FWD), and 25/31 (AWD). The 1.5-liter engine records 28/34 mpg (FWD), 27/33 mpg (AWD).
2020 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
The MSRP for 2020 Honda CR-V LX starts just above $25,000. The EX adds more features and the price tag of $28,000. Furthermore, leather-upholstered EX-L cost just above $30,500. The most expensive model, the Touring start at $34,000.
The precise release date is still unknown. The company probably wait to see the results of launching a hybrid version in Europe, Then, after certain changes, new CR-V will be ready for the US market. So, we expect that Honda’s compact-crossover will be ready by the end of the following year.