2020 Honda CR-V: Hybrid, At Last

The 2020 Honda CR-V will be America’s first electrified crossover from Honda

The 2020 Honda CR-V makes its debut with most of what you’d expect: freshened styling and some extra features. The upcoming CR-V also brings along something you might not have expected: a hybrid powertrain. OK, maybe you expected that (especially if you saw that it already debuted overseas in 2017), but it’s finally here, regardless. If you’re stuck to your un-electrified ways, the CR-V will still come without any electrical propulsion, too.

The powertrain breakdown is straightforward: Hybrid models will use a 2.0-liter I4 Atkinson-cycle engine, along with two electric motors to get you where you need to go. That’s good for 212 combined hp. Honda doesn’t have official numbers, but it’s anticipating a 50 percent hike in EPA city fuel efficiency numbers compared to its ICE-only sibling — some quick math based on the 2019 model puts the new hybrid at roughly 42 mpg combined. Traditional CR-V crossovers will all get the 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 making 190 hp across the board. That’s not a leap for most trims, but it is a bump for the base LX models. Mated to the 1.5-liter I4 is a CVT that can transfer power to the front or all four wheels.

Visually, the 2020 CR-V will get some minor changes to the front fascia and the lights. Nothing major, but you’ll see a new bumper cover and different fog lights. At the rear, you’ll get dark-tinted taillights and a different finish for the trim pieces below the rear glass. Of course, hybrid models will get a few hybrid badges, as well as a hidden tailpipe. There will also be new wheels available and a couple of new colors. The hybrid model will also get a different instrument panel, which displays important information like power and charge status and power distribution.

As for tech, well, Honda Sensing is now standard across the board. That means the entry-level CR-V comes with a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. You can get some extra tech, for an extra fee: Blind spot information, rear cross-traffic monitor and automatic high beams are all available. Hybrid models will get an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which warns pedestrians that you’re trucking along in EV-only mode.

You’ll be able to snag a 2020 CR-V this fall, but you’ll have to wait until early next year to grab the hybrid version. Pricing and official EPA figures will be available closer to the hybrid’s launch.

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