The CR-V has established its position on the market way before crossovers segment became the leading segment in the automotive market. However, the competition is getting tougher and tougher, due to today’s popularity of crossover. Furthermore, the current generation of this compact SUV has been around since 2019. Considering the company’s typical production cycles, the 2020 Honda CR-V will probably come with a fine amount of updates. We are still waiting to hear something from the officials, but numerous reports claim this as a certain thing. Exact changes are still an object of speculations.
Of course, the focus will be on visual updates. However, we could see novelties under the hood as well, considering that a hybrid version has been rumored. Finally, expect to see updates in terms of tech goodies and, generally, of lists of standard equipment. Despite the changes, the 2020 Honda CR-V probably won’t hit the market before the last quarter of the year.
2020 Honda CR-V Changes
As we already mentioned, most of us expect to see a mid-cycle update for the 2020 Honda CR-V. At this point, we can’t list you exact changes, but we can speculate about them. The fist that comes to mind is about changes at the front end. We should see a typical facelift, which would include a couple of tweaks to the areas like front fascia, bumper, and grille. Still, keep in mind that the Japanese manufacturer usually isn’t very generous with these styling updates, so the changes in visual aspects should be very subtle.
The rest of the vehicle should carry on in the same way. We don’t expect to see modifications on the rear end. Still, we should see those typical kinds of updates, such as new wheels, exterior colors
Another thing to mention is that the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring should continue with its exclusive details, such as dual chrome exhaust tips, roof rails, LED headlights
Most likely, the cabin won’t suffer too much. Simply, this is one of the model’s strongest points and there aren’t many rivals that can match CR-V’s comfort and cabin quality. First of all, this is a very spacious crossover. Despite compact dimensions, it is pretty generous in terms of the legroom, in both rows.
Besides plenty of space, this is also one of the nicest cabins in the class, when it comes to styling, materials and overall quality. There aren’t many models in the class with such characteristics. Another important thing to mention is the cargo space. Once again, this crossover is among class-leaders, as you can count on about 39 cubic feet behind rear seats and almost 76 cubic feet of overall cargo volume.
After so many praises, it’s time for some critics. The first thing that comes to mind is the list of standard equipment, especially when it comes to tech goodies. For example, base models are equipped with a 5-inch display and just four speakers. We expect from Honda to significantly expand this list with the upcoming updates, which would mean things like satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, touchscreen and another thing available in lower trim levels as well.
Same story with safety. While the CR-V is generally a very safe car, according to crash results, the list of driver aids is extremely short in base models. More precisely, a rearview camera is the only standard feature in base models. We definitely expect to see more from Honda, considering that main rivals are far more generous in this aspect.
2020 Honda CR-V Powertrain
Currently, the CR-V comes with two gasoline engines in the offer. Base models are equipped with a 2.4-liter unit that delivers around 184 horsepower. Higher trims include a new 1.5-liter turbo-four, which delivers 190 horsepower and seems like a better choice, due to quicker acceleration and slightly better fuel economy. Speaking of the fuel economy, the base engine returns around 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. On the other side, the turbo-four is good for about 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
One of the most interesting rumors for the upcoming update is about the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Several competitors, including RAV4, already has electrified version in the offer. So, it is about time to see the same thing from Honda as well. At this point, details are unavailable. Still, the system from the Accord Hybrid seems like a perfect measure for this compact crossover.
2020 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
According to most reports, the 2020 Honda CR-V won’t come much earlier than usual, despite the changes. The price should also remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which starts at around 24.500 dollars.