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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid: First Look

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author photo by Ron Sessions October 2019
  • First Honda hybrid SUV ever
  • Uses same 2-mode hybrid system as Accord sedan
  • Total system output is 212 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • On sale spring 2020

Honda is introducing a hybrid version of its compact CR-V crossover SUV. When the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid hits showrooms in early 2020, it will be the first hybrid SUV ever offered by the automaker. The CR-V is currently the bestselling model in Honda's U.S. lineup, whether it's a car, truck or SUV.

Honda already sells three hybrid cars in the U.S.: the compact Insight, midsize Accord and plug-in midsize Clarity. The new CR-V Hybrid not only bolsters the carmaker's lineup in the fast-growing compact crossover SUV segment but is also a key part of Honda's goal to offer electrified vehicles in two-thirds of its model spread by 2030.

What's Under the Hood?

The new CR-V Hybrid will use the third-generation 2-mode hybrid system from the Accord Hybrid. That means a 143-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC gas engine paired with an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor for a total system output of 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. That will make the hybrid the most powerful powertrain offering in the CR-V lineup.

Honda doesn't have official EPA fuel economy estimates just yet but a spokesperson did say that Honda's internal testing showed a 50% increase in city fuel economy over the now-base 190-hp 1.5-liter turbo, which would put the new CR-V Hybrid's city number around 42 miles per gallon. The current Accord Hybrid gets a 47 mpg city/47 mpg highway/47 mpg combined EPA estimate with the same powertrain.

What Other Equipment Does It Have?

All 2020 CR-V Hybrid models will be equipped with all-wheel drive as well as the comprehensive Honda Sensing suite of standard safety and driver-assistive systems. The CR-V Hybrid gets a push-button shifter inside and a subtle blue-ringed Honda emblem outside. Wireless phone charging and multiple driver-selectable drive modes will be available. For 2020, 19-in wheels can be fitted.

What Will It Cost?

Honda hasn't announced prices yet but it's a sure bet that the CR-V Hybrid will be priced competitively with its chief compact SUV rival, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. The RAV4 Hybrid is priced $2,200 higher than the equivalent trim non-hybrid RAV4.

When Is It Available?

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be available in the first quarter of calendar year 2020. It will be assembled in Greensburg, Indiana alongside the Civic sedan and the Insight HybridFind a Honda CR-V for sale

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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