America’s second-favorite SUV has a new hybrid variant that’s priced right for many shoppers.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid blends the festers families have come to know and love about the compact SUV with a fuel-efficient powertrain that includes all-electric operating range.
Honda has given the model standard all-wheel drive, five-lamp LED fog lights, unique rear bumper, Hybrid model badging, keyless entry, push-button start, a cargo cover and a long list of safety and driver assist technology. Different trims get different wheels.
The CR-V Hybrid is nearly identical on the outside to the traditional CR-V.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc
The SUV achieves 40 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 38 mpg combined thanks the combination of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The setup is similar to the system in the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid and it achieves 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque.
The all-wheel drive system actively senses the needs of the vehicle, employing the all-wheel drive capability only when necessary. Otherwise, the SUV runs in front-wheel drive mode, which helps with fuel savings.
Much of the model’s cabin remains unchanged compared to the 2020 CR-V. The biggest differentiator are drive mode buttons that allow drivers to choose between Sport, EV, and Econ.
The CR-V Hybrid’s digital instrument cluster looks mostly the same as the CR-V’s but offers Hybrid model specific functionality.
The interior of Honda’s CR-V Hyrbid features three drive mode buttons.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc
Honda offers the CR-V Hybrid in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. Prices start at $27,750 and wrap up around $36,000 for a top-tier model.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid going on sale March 1.