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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid: First Look

  • 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 Hybrid Find a Honda CR-V for sale


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