The SUV market is a crowded one, but Honda have carved out a niche of their own with the popular CR-V model. Over two decades ago the company took their leading Civic platform and added an SUV body design over the tried and tested mechanics.

The result is a mid-range compact SUV that combines ruggedness with comfort and impressive fuel economy. The 2020 Honda CR-V is the latest update of the popular compact crossover SUV, arriving in several stages from late 2019 onward. While the basic outward design is largely unchanged, with just a few refinements such as alloy wheels and darker, sleeker chrome, once you delve below the bodywork the updates are much more significant. What can you expect to see in this 2020 refresh?

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Transmission, Engine and Performance

All versions of the Honda CR-V for sale in 2020 come with full all-wheel drive, while the entry-level LX trim also offers front wheel drive as a lower-cost option. Each trim is equipped as standard with continuously variable automatic transmission, powered by a 1.5L, 16 valve, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection. The engine is now turbocharged as standard, a feature previously found only on the higher-end trims.

As a compact crossover SUV, the CV-R’s fuel economy is relatively strong despite the engine’s 190 horsepower rating. For the gas engine, fuel economy is expected to remain around the 2019 level of 8.4L/100lm in the city and 7L/100k on the highway. And just like other members of the Honda fleet, the CV-R offers outstanding reliability, thanks to its underlying Civic mechanics.

Safety and Comfort

Honda CR-V Safety Features

The CR-V is well equipped with safety features, making it a solid choice as a family SUV. Highlights include:

  • Driver and passenger airbags at both front and side.
  • Curtain-style first and second row airbags.
  • Lane sensing system with lane departure warnings.
  • Collision detection and mitigation with emergency breaking.
  • Rear blind spot warning, with cross-traffic alert.
  • Front and rear roll bars, plus side impact beams.

Honda CR-V Advanced Features

As you’d expect from a modern SUV design, a smooth ride is guaranteed, delivered by the following advanced features:

  • Gas-pressurized shock absorbers.
  • Coil spring suspension both front and rear.
  • Power-assist steering with speed sensing.
  • ABS and traction control.
  • Automatic low tire pressure warnings.
  • Adaptive cruise control system with steering wheel operation.

The safety features of the CR-V have also been upgraded across the board, granting the entry-level trims the full suite of benefits previously found on the more expensive models. Also included are a full set of front, side and rear airbags with occupancy sensing, front and rear roll bars, and side-impact beams for additional security.

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Interior Features

Despite its compact nature, the CR-V isn’t short of interior space. It can seat up to five adults comfortably, or with the rear seats folded down it delivers a full 75 cubic feet of storage space.

It’s also well equipped with interior features to keep your journey relaxed and comfortable. Both front bucket seats are heated for colder days, to back up the HVAC system which includes underseat and console ducts.

For driving in warmer conditions, the cabin features dual-zone air conditioning and a powered panoramic moonroof.

In-car entertainment includes touchscreen multimedia with a 7-inch display, audio system with speed-sensitive volume control, and dual LCD monitors. There is also full Apple and Android smartphone connectivity over Bluetooth.

All-New Hybrid CR-V Features

The hybrid model is expected to feature dual electric motors paired with a 2.0L 4-cylinder standard engine, a combination that produces a total of 212 horsepower. The power is seamlessly channelled through a single fixed-gear ratio transmission system to the all-wheel drive. As expected from a hybrid, fuel economy is significantly improved compared to conventional engines. Although official figures are yet to be released, it’s predicted that the hybrid will provide a 50% improvement, which would give an impressive city rating of around 5L/100km.

Inside, the hybrid version’s console has been redesigned to put all the info you need in full view. And importantly for a hybrid, the battery and extra mechanical workings have been fitted under the cargo floor so there’s no reduction in passenger or cargo space. You can expect to see the new hybrid Honda CR-V for sale in early 2020, a few months after the launch of the updated 2020 gas version

2020 Honda CR-V Summary

The question is, are Honda CR-Vs good SUVs compared to the rest of the 2020 competition? If you want extreme off-road performance, a larger and less family-friendly utility vehicle might be a better option. But if you want the comfort and fuel economy of a regular family car, but with the extra space, flexibility and ruggedness of a compact SUV, then the 2020 Honda CR-V is a great choice.

The big news for the 2020 Honda CR-V is definitely the long-awaited introduction of the hybrid model, which will be a valuable addition to an already extensive lineup. However, the updates across the range bring even the entry-level trims into a much higher standard of comfort and quality, and all without a huge increase in price.

Ready to Buy a 2019/2020 Honda CR-V?

Stop by Birchwood Honda on Regent for the best selection of new and used Honda CR-V’s for sale in Winnipeg, MB. With the latest models in stock we know that you will enjoy the 2020 Honda CR-V SUV as much as us. Contact us to book a test drive, today!

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