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2020 Honda CR-V Gains Hybrid Option

2020 Honda CR-V Gains Hybrid Option

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.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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