One of the most popular SUV's on American roads is the Honda CR-V. Honda's compact SUV, which, when first released for the 1997 model year, originally stood for "Compact Runabout Vehicle", has been manufactured for five generations, the latest generation having been introduced for the 2017 model year. For 2020, the popular CR-V receives a mid-cycle restyling, and also a new Hybrid powertrain to compete directly with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Honda has released pricing for the 2020 CR-V, which will start at $25,050, which is up by $600 from its 2019 predecessor that began at $24,450. However, the increased base price comes with many new improvements, including but not limited to the discontinuation of the base non-turbocharged powertrain, new exterior and interior styling, and more standard technology features. NOTE: All pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination charge, but does NOT include any applicable taxes or other fees. The gasoline-only 2020 Honda CR-V will be available in four different trim levels (the same four trim levels as the 2019 model it replaces): LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing and trim level availability for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has not yet been released. All four trim levels are available with either Front Wheel Drive (FWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD).
Starting out the 2020 Honda CR-V lineup is the base LX trim, starting at $25,050 for FWD (or $26,550 for an AWD model), ditches its 184-horsepower, 2.4L naturally-aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) powertrain for the same 192-horsepower, 1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) unit found in all other CR-V trim levels, and remains mated to a Continuously-Variable Automatic (CVT) Transmission. Even in base trim, the CR-V LX comes with many standard features, including the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies, a multi-angle camera system, active front grille shutters, keyless entry, an automatic climate control system, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, floor mats, steering wheel-mounted remote controls for the audio system, the Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and the cruise control system, cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, a 160-watt audio system with four speakers, a five-inch color LCD audio system with Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary integration, a full-color driver information centre, power windows and door locks, black-painted door handles, rear spoiler, and exterior side mirrors, and seventeen-inch alloy wheels. However, one feature that the CR-V LX does NOT offer is a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which most of its competitors offer at this price point. If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you'll have to move up to the EX trim. Hopefully Honda will add these features as standard equipment on all CR-V's in order to keep the CR-V competitive with other small crossover SUV'S in the segment, however the Honda CR-V EX is still a good deal.
Starting at $27,560 for FWD (or $29,060 for AWD), the midlevel EX trim level of the 2020 Honda CR-V adds more convenience and technology features to the base LX trim. These features include new nineteen-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a paid trial subscription, rear privacy glass windows, a security system, body-colored door handles, rear spoiler, and exterior side mirrors, a one-touch power moonroof, LED front fog lamps, heated side mirrors, a keyless access system with push-button start, a remote vehicle starter system, a retractable rear cargo area cover, a front passenger's seat back pocket, automatic up/down functionality for both front windows, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, dual heated front bucket seats, a power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat, a 180-watt audio system with six speakers, and a blind spot information system (BLIS). If you want the most value for your money, the EX is the Honda CR-V trim level to shop for.
Starting at $30,050 for FWD (or $31,550 for AWD), the luxurious EX-L trim level of the 2020 Honda CR-V adds more luxury amenities to the midlevel EX trim. These features include luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a power rear tailgate with programmable height, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and transmission shift lever, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink garage door opener system, a two-position driver's memory system, a power-adjustable front passenger's bucket seat, and a 180-watt audio system with eight speakers. The EX-L is the least expensive trim level of the Honda CR-V to offer luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces.
Topping out the 2020 Honda CR-V lineup is the Touring trim level. Starting at $33,250 for FWD (or $34,750 for AWD), the top-of-the-line Touring trim level adds even more luxury features to the already well-equipped and luxurious EX-L trim. These features include a GPS navigation system with HD Traffic, a "hands-free", foot-activated power rear tailgate with programmable height, LED front headlamps, roof rails, dual chrome exhaust tips, an ambient lighting system, a 330-watt premium amplified audio system with a subwoofer and nine speakers, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. If you're looking to get all you can get in a Honda CR-V, then you'll want to spring for the top-of-the-line Touring trim level.
Exterior color options for the 2020 Honda CR-V include Crystal Black Pearl Coat Metallic (Black), Lunar Silver Metallic (Silver), Modern Steel Metallic (Dark Gray), Obsidian Blue Pearl Coat Metallic (Dark Blue), Platinum White Pearl Coat Metallic (Pearl White), Radiant Red Metallic (Red), Aegean Blue Metallic (Blue, n/a on LX), and Sonic Gray Pearl Coat Metallic (Light Gray, n/a on LX). Both Black and Gray interior color options are available, depending upon the exterior color chosen. Exterior colors such as Basque Red II Pearl Coat Metallic (Red), Sandstorm Metallic (Light Beige), Molten Lava Pearl Coat Metallic (Reddish-Orange), Dark Olive Metallic (Green), and Gunmetal Metallic (Gray) have all been discontinued for the 2020 model year. Production of the 2020 Honda CR-V takes place in one of two United States (U.S.A.) assembly plants, as well as in assembly plants in Canada, as well as Japan. The gasoline-only 2020 Honda CR-V has just started to hit Honda dealerships nationwide, and the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will follow in early 2020. What do you think of the revised 2020 Honda CR-V? Would you purchase a gasoline-only model, or would you wait for the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid? Let us know in the comments down below!