2020 Honda CR-V is refreshed and offers a new hybrid version

Honda has announced the new 2020 Honda CR-V and notes that for the model year the CR-V line gets a new US-built hybrid version. Honda says that the CR-V has been the most popular CUV in America for the past 22 years. For the 2020 model, the CR-V gets new refreshed styling, new features, and upgraded powertrains.

The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is built in the US in Indiana. The vehicle uses the advanced Honda two-motor electric drive system. Upgrades to the 2020 CR-V include new bolder front styling and rear styling. The wheels are redesigned, and Honda Sensing is now standard.

The Honda Sensing driver assistance suite was previously only offered on EX and higher trims. All non-hybrid models get a 1.5L VTEC turbo engine. Honda says that the new CR-V will be on sale in dealers around the country in early 2020.

The Hybrid version uses a pair of electric motors with the 2.0L 16V DOHC Atkinson cycle gas engine. Honda says that engine has greater than 40% thermal efficiency, which is the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine. The dual-motor hybrid system operates without needing a conventional automatic transmission.

Hybrid buyers will also get some electric-only driving range. The CR-V Hybrid is also the first allocation of all-wheel drive to Honda's two-motor hybrid system in the US. In low traction situations, an electric clutch activates and send power to the rear wheels from the electric motor. Honda promises more details on the vehicle closer to the 2020 launch date. What it is saying is that the hybrid has 212 total horsepower and it is anticipating a 50% increase in EPA city fuel economy compared to the normal CR-V. Honda Sensing includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)