Several global markets have had a hybridized Honda CR-V for awhile now, but it will finally join the U.S. lineup for the 2020 model year. Honda has announced the 2020 CR-V Hybrid along with some other subtle changes to the compact SUV.
The most obvious change extends to the entire 2020 CR-V lineup, which is a few design changes to the exterior. Both the front and rear fascias have been revamped to give the CR-V a slightly more sophisticated appearance than the 2019 model.
Honda has also made some small tweaks to the interior of the 2020 CR-V. The center console has been redesigned to offer additional storage options and accommodate an optional wireless phone charger.
Additionally, all 2020 CR-V’s will come standard with the latest version of Honda Sensing, the brand’s suite of active safety features. Honda is also dropping its naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the base engine, leaving only the turbocharged 1.5-liter as the only non-hybrid engine option.
Speaking of the hybrid, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid will be powered by a similar powertrain to that of the Accord Hybrid. The same 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle and two electric motors found in the Accord Hybrid are found in the CR-V Hybrid, meaning all-wheel-drive is standard.
Honda claims the combined power output is 212 horsepower, giving the hybrid a nice power bump from the gas-only variant. The company is also claiming the CR-V Hybrid will see a 50-percent increase in fuel economy over the normal CR-V, but finalized EPA ratings are still pending. If Honda’s math is correct, the CR-V Hybrid should see a fuel economy rating north of 40 mpg.
From a visual perspective the hybrid offers no major changes over the normal CR-V. There’s blue Honda badges and hybrid badges, along with hidden exhaust outlets.
Inside the CR-V Hybrid will feature a unique instrument panel that displays hybrid-specific information, such as power source and drive mode.
The 2020 Honda CR-V is slated to go on sale this fall, followed by the CR-V Hybrid in early 2020. Pricing will be announced for both variants closer to their schedule launch.