2020 Honda CR-V

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$25,050 - $34,750
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2020 Honda CR-V Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 2, 2020

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Compact SUVs are the hot cars in the market right now. Their stance may be small, but they have extremely functional and high on features, which puts them in a very appealing spot. It makes for a good choice for someone upgrading from a hatchback. With the stricter norms and congestion, even large SUVs are losing its zeal. This helps to fancy the likes of the highly competitive compact SUVs.

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Pros

Robust and peppy engine

Tech laden interior

Best in class cargo space

Practicality at its best

Cons

Still has the lacklustre infotainment system

Weak braking performance

Sluggish acceleration

What's New?

The less appealing 2.4L engine has been scrapped

Honda Sensing available from baseup

Redesigned front and rear bumpers

Redesigned 18 and 19 inch rims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25050

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

179 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

182.1 in.

width

73 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3337 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

75.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/30/34 mpg

highway range

476 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Honda CR-V Detailed Review video
 2020 Honda CR-V Detailed Review video

Styles

 2020 Honda CR-V in Basque Red Pearl II color  2020 Honda CR-V in Crystal Black Pearl color  2020 Honda CR-V in Dark Olive Metallic color  2020 Honda CR-V in Gunmetal Metallic color
Basque Red Pearl II

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Exterior

4.0

Safety

9.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda CR-V LX

LX

power
190 hp @ 5600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,050 - $26,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,050 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4,
Continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $26,550 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously Variable Transmission all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda CR-V EX

EX

power
190 hp @ 5600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$27,560 - $29,060


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,560 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $29,060 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda CR-V EX-L

EX-L

power
190 @ 5600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$30,050 - $31,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $30,050 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,550 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

Touring

power
190 hp @ 5600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$33,250 - $34,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $33,250 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,750 MSRP (28/30/34) 190 hp @ 5600, 1.5L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The Japanese are known to make simple, frank and no bullshit cars. That stays true in ideology with the Honda CR-V. A 1.5L turbocharged engine from the base up produces a generous 190 hp. The CR-V is one of the top contenders in the highly competitive compact SUV segment. It has only been surpassed by the equally competent Toyota RAV4.

Honda has refreshed its 2020 CR-V with the latest safety and security features. It has got rid of the heavy 2.4L naturally aspirated engine and made the 1.5L standard across its range.

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Angular Front View
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Angular Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

4.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Honda CR-V Features

7.0/10

The Honda CR-V is available in four trim levels, ranging from the LX at $26500 to the Touring at $34600. With a host of features available across the trims, Honda has strategically priced each one of them. From having the 1.5L Turbo engine across the trims to specific touring only features, it has been targeted to a wider audience. With prices starting at $26500, it is rather a fully-fledged steal!

Trims

LX

EX 

EX-L

TOURING

MSRP(FWD)

$25,050

$27,560

$30,050

$33,250

MSRP(AWD)

$26,550

$29,060

$31,550

$34,750

Features

Remote Engine Start

All LX features included and these

All EX features included and these

All EX-L features included and these

 

Honda Sensing (Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System,

Road Departure Mitigation System)

Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor

Power Tailgate with Programmable Height

Hands-Free Remote Tailgate

 

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Adaptive Cruise Control

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

Rain-Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers

 

Multi-rear view Camera

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Roof Rails

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels

   

19-inch Alloys Wheels

 

Fold-Flat 60/40 Split Rear Seats

     

 

LED Daytime running lights

     

Which trim do we recommend?

The EX trim will get you the best deal of the lot as it has all the basic features along with an added few. It costs $29600 and for the price range, it provides the best value for features proposition.

2020 Honda CR-V Engine and Performance

5.0/10

Hondas are known to make peppy and reliable engines. The CR-V doesn't disappoint in performance and the only real competition it has is the equally potent Toyota RAV4. The powertrains are carried over from last year. Honda finally got rid of the base 2.4L naturally aspirated engine. All the variants now get the robust and lighter 1.5L turbocharged one which chunks out 190 horses.

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Engine
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover has a 190 Horsepower

The 1.5L unit is way more superior in the driving dynamics department. The power delivery is linear and the decrease in size doesn’t hamper performance. An AWD option is available at a premium of $1400 which works best with the Touring variant for the road less traveled.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

MSRP

$26500

$26200

$27090

$26690

Engine

1.5L Turbo I-4

2.5L I-4

1.5L Turbo I-3

2.4L I-4

Transmission

2-speed CVT

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

Horsepower

190 hp @ 6400rpm

203 hp @ 6600rpm

181 hp @ 6500rpm

185 hp @ 6000rpm

Torque

179 lb-ft @ 3900rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5000rpm

177 lb-ft @ 4400rpm

178 lb-ft @ 4000rpm

The Toyota RAV4 is the only competitor which comes at par in terms of power and torque figures. The CR-V uses a 2-speed CVT which basically has a forward and reverse gear. It is controlled by Honda’s G shift control logic.

How fast is the Honda CR-V?

With no major changes to the drivetrain, the CR-V carries forward all the characteristics of the previous iteration. 60 miles comes in at a generous 7.5 seconds which makes it the quickest of the lot. This is courtesy of the 2-speed CVT gearbox which is much lighter than its competition.

2020 Honda CR-V rear view
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover covers 0-60 in 7.5 sec

Quarter mile also comes up in a linear and composed manner. Out on the open road, there is enough grunt at all times. 

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

0-60 MPH

7.5s

8.2s

8.4s

7.6s

Quarter mile

16s

16.6s

16.1s

15.8s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.9

5.9

7.8

8.0

How does the CR-V ride and handles?

The Honda uses the same agile chassis setup which plays a wild card in the car’s success. It helps the CR-V achieve higher ground clearance and much more versatile handling than its competitors. 

The front uses MacPherson strut and the rear is taken care of with a multi-link suspension. It uses dampers which are tuned for low-friction which boosts the handling characteristics. Both the FWD and RWD have tubular front stabilizers and solid rear ones. This instills confidence for faster cornering entry. It is the most planted ride of the lot. A dual-pinion variable-ratio Electric power steering helps in a more direct steering feel.

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover side view
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Front View

The CR-V provides a fun to drive scenario which it’s competition struggles at. This explains it’s immense popularity in the market.

How does the CR-V perform on the braking front?

The braking is one of the best in this segment, taking into consideration it's stance and curb weight. Braking is taken care of by 11-inch rotors up front and a 10-inch at the rear which does a pretty good job. The CR-V has the shortest stopping distance of the lot. The driver is well connected to the vehicle via an electronic servo brake pedal which helps the braking feel linear.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

Brake Front (in.)

11.1

12

12.8

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

11.1

12

12.0

60-0 MPH (ft)

118

115

128

118

Honda seems to have worked on the braking front of the new CR-V. While we don't have the braking performance and figures for all the crossovers here, we can compare the Honda with the Kia and on that front, the Honda seems to have an edge over the Kia. 

2020 Honda CR-V Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Honda provides a humble fuel economy figure of 27MPG in the city and 33MPG on the highway. It is not the best among the lot provided the fact that the Toyota RAV4 has a combined efficiency figure of 30MPG. 

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

MPG (city)

27

26

21

22

MPG (highway)

33

35

29

29

MPG (combined)

29

30

30

25

The fuel economy is commendable, provided the complete package which it provides. The only competitor which keeps up with its value is the RAV4 which ironically is one of the largest selling compact SUVs in the market.

2020 Honda CR-V Interior

The interior of the CR-V is carried on from 2019 but with a few sensible changes for comfort. It now gets a redesigned center console bin that offers more storage space. The Touring trim gets a standard Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charger which is a rather clean update. 

2020 Honda CR-V Rear Seating
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Rear Seats

Given the dimensions of the car, it is to be expected to provide the least passenger space. But Honda manages to squeeze out impressive space on the interior to provide the best in class seating. The seats are comfortable and provide ample support. However, ingress and egress might be an issue for some folks, especially in the rear seats. 

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/57.9/41.3

39.5/57.8/41.0

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/55.6/40.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.3/56/40.7

39.3/58.0/39.4

What are the arrangements for your entertainment?

Honda was criticized for its lackluster infotainment system for its complicated user interface. Unfortunately the same has been carried forward in the 2020 CR-V. The addition of a new rotary knob has reduced the complication but it still doesn't appeal. Android Auto and Apple Car Play help neutralize this impact to some extent.

2020 Honda CR-V Cockpit
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Dashboard

Interior Features

  • Color TFT driver-information interface (DII) center meter display.
  • 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Driver seat with 8-way power adjustment and Front Passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment with Lumbar Support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear USB Charging Ports

How much cargo can it store?

The Honda excels in this department with a staggering 39.2 cubic feet. of luggage space which is the largest of the lot. This has been achieved without losing on passenger leg space which is impressive! It certainly adds to the practicality of this car.

2020 Honda CR-V Cargo space
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Cargo Space

Clever management of the underbody helps to achieve a uniform floor shape which helps in transporting large cargo with ease.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

39.2

37.6

33.5

11.3

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Seats
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover steering
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Front Seats
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover interior
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover interior
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover

2020 Honda CR-V Exterior

4.0/10

The exterior is the most updated area of the 2020 Honda CR-V. The peppy Honda has gone through mandatory cosmetic upgrades to appeal to the newer generation of car buyers.

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover side view
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover Side View

The front fascia has been redesigned with a bolder and rugged approach. Broader openings for the fog lights help it stay plush with the design and the chrome grill makes it noticeable. The fog lamps are available from the EX variant. DARK is the new theme for the rear as dark-tinted tail lights and a dark chrome treatment helps provide a unified seamless look in black. It certainly bumps the aesthetic value of the car. The EX and EX-L trims get redesigned 18-inch wheels with a dark theme whereas the Touring trim gets a new 19-inch wheel. Two new colors have been added to the lineup-Sonic Grey Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic which gives it a refreshed look.

Models

Honda CR-V LX

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape SE

Kia Sorento L

Length (in)

180.6

180.9

180.5

189.0

Width (in)

73.0

73.0

74.1

74.4

Height (in)

66.5

67.0

68.6

66.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

8.4

8.6

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

105.9

106.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

63.0/63.7

63.0/63.7

66.1/62.4

64.3/64.7

Curb weight (lbs)

3473

3370

3299

3810

2020 Honda CR-V Crossover side view
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover exterior
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover
2020 Honda CR-V Crossover

2020 Honda CR-V Safety

9.0/10

Honda has been carefully listening to its buyers and thus have introduced the Honda Sensing package of advanced safety and driver assistance feature from the base up. This has not only increased the safety criteria but also widened its appeal to the masses. With complete focus on the driver, Blind Spot Information(BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor(CTM) and Auto High Beam headlamps are available.

Safety Features

  • 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 with low-speed follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist(LKAS)

Honda has been generous in incorporating the AdvancedCompatibility Engineering(ACE) body structure which helps it achieve the highest safety ratings including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA).

2020 Honda CR-V Competition

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

The highest selling compact SUV in the US is in for a tough competition. Toyota has treated itself with impressive sales figures for a pretty long time. It has had the Honda on its tail and now it might finally fight it out for the first rank. With the CR-V offering all of the safety features including the Honda Sensing from the base up, Toyota has finally got a leveler insight. The base variant is just $300 more than the base Toyota and that makes it a good deal. This has made it a tie-breaker situation which now solely depends on individual choice.

2020 Toyota RAV4
2020 Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V vs Ford Escape SE

Ford Escape is the costliest of the lost and that makes a pretty bad first impression. The added premium doesn’t justify Ford triumphing over the Honda which provides the best in class interior space and a whole lot of safety features. So, CR-V is the clear winner here.

2020 Ford Escape SE
2020 Ford Escape SE

Honda CR-V vs Kia Sorento L

The only Kia which can stand up to the Honda comes with the biggest engine of the lot. But it still manages to slip back in performance. The driving dynamics are clumsy and fails to impress. It is well equipped on the inside but not as well as the Honda CR-V. It doesn't stand a chance against the utter reliability of the Honda.

2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Sorento L

 

2020 Honda CR-V Final Verdict

Honda has been closely listening to its customer feedback and has implemented a few vital changes which make the CR-V a People’s car. This has increased the trust in the brand. The Toyota CR-V is an all-rounder which has learned from its shortcomings. The reliability, power, and robustness which it provides cannot be found in any other offering. It has a perfect blend, with all vital safety features and a peppy 1.5L Turbo engine. The CR-V is one of the best compact SUVs in the market right now.