- 2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

What’s So Special About Honda’s Best-Selling Vehicle in the US?

A Review of the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

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Intro

Today we’re talking about Honda’s best selling vehicle, the CR-V. The CR-V is Honda’s compact SUV and has a lot of competitors such as the Toyota RAV4, Chevy Equinox, and Ford Escape. According to Honda, CR-V stands for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle. The CR-V is slotted right in between the smaller HR-V and larger Pilot. Interestingly, the CR-V borrows the Civic’s platform. The CR-V has been the best-selling CUV in America for over 20 years.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

History

Let’s hop in our time machine and head back to 1996 for a little history of the CR-V. The CR-V was Honda’s first in-house designed utility vehicle, and it was marketed as a luxury vehicle in Japan. Originally, the CR-V only came in one trim, the base model LX. Amazingly, the first two generations of CR-V came equipped with a factory picnic table. Even more amazing, they never offered it again. There have been five generations of CR-V and they are still going strong.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

Generational Changes

The fifth-generation CR-V was released for the 2017 model year. With it the CR-V brought four-way lumbar for the driver, and I like my lumbar. For 2020, Honda refreshed the CR-V, bringing the first Hybrid CR-V to ever be sold in America. They dropped the original 2.4L I4 for a 1.5L I4 turbo. There are minor exterior styling changes, but most importantly Honda Sensing is now standard for all CR-V’s

Specs

The CR-V Comes in Honda’s most basic four trims and starts out at $25k:

2020 Honda CR-V Trims

2020 Honda CR-V Trims

This is the $36k CR-V Touring with AWD in Platinum White Pearl with 19” wheels. All CR-V’s come with a 14-gallon fuel tank, CVT, and curb weight around 3,500 lbs. There are two engine options either a gas-only or a hybrid version:

2020 Honda CR-V Engines

2020 Honda CR-V Engines

The max towing capacity of the gas-only version is 1,500 lbs. Not sure how this helps you, but that’s about the same as two and a half pigs.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

What It’s Like to Drive

It’s a very maneuverable car with an 18.7’ turning radius which is similar to other cars of its class. Like most Honda’s, this one drives great with a responsive steering wheel as well as excellent suspension. The 1.5T offers plenty of power for everything you need. Although I know it’ll never happen, I would love to see the CR-V with a V6. Because it is an SUV, you have great visibility on the road. It comes with Honda’s awkward conversation mirror which doubles as a sunglasses holder. All around the CR-V has LED lighting from the headlights to the foglights to the taillights. Inside, there’s a very Earthy feel with the woodgrain trim.

Capabilities

It comes with the hands-free liftgate, which works well once you get used to it. As well as a cargo area cover, which is great if you’re trying to hide something in the trunk, perhaps a body. The Touring trim comes standard with roof rails, which is great if you plan on using it to haul kayaks or maybe even a canoe. All hybrid CR-Vs come with AWD, on the gas-only versions, it’s merely an option. If you have AWD money, it’s worth noting that AWD CR-Vs come with an extra 6”, of ground clearance. For those who don’t want AWD but want six more inches, there are pills on the internet.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

Creature Comforts

To keep everyone inside comfortable it comes with leather seats all the way around, and heated seats in the front. It comes with dual-zone climate, as well as a heated steering wheel. As if the driver’s seat isn’t already good enough with the heated steering wheel, it’s adjustable in 12 ways with two driver memory. Like every other new Honda I’ve done, it comes with Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay compatibility. Finally, if you have a modern phone, it comes with a wireless phone charger, which is kind of useless if you want to use Android Auto/Apple CarPlay because the phone has to be plugged in.

Safety

As we all know, Honda and safety go together like chokers and daddy issues. The CR-V doesn’t break this mold with an IIHS Top Safety Pick. As well as Honda Sensing Standard, check out the Pilot article which talks more about it. Unlike the HR-V this comes with Honda’s proper blind spot indicator. It also comes with an auto-dimming mirror, something I think all cars should have today. In addition to rain-sensing wipers, which work just as well as the ones we saw on the Accord. Finally, it comes with a multi-angle backup camera with dynamic guidelines.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4

The CR-V’s rival is the Toyota RAV4. If it were the previous generation RAV4 I could do this blindfolded, but because Toyota decided to compete again it’s not that easy. The CR-V has the better interior of the two with soft-touch materials instead of Toyota’s hard plastics. Not only does the CR-V have more cargo space, it also offers a more spacious cabin for passengers. The CR-V offers a better ride, more selection of technology, as well as a more comfortable interior. Similar CR-Vs are about $1k cheaper than their RAV4 counterparts. Although the RAV4 offers the more powerful engine, is safer with a Top Safety Pick+, and JD Power predicts the RAV4 to be slightly more reliable. My winner is the CR-V because it has more space, a better interior, and drives better.

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

Pros

- Technology

- Spacious

- Handling

- Safety

- Maneuverable

- Comfortable

Cons

- The Engine is Nothing More Than Adequate

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

2020 Honda CR-V Touring AWD

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a compact SUV, look no further, the Honda CR-V is as good as they come. With its plentiful cargo space, technology, and comfort, it’s truly a winner. No longer, am I surprised that this is the best-selling compact utility vehicle in America, let alone Honda’s best-selling car. The only problem I have with the new CR-V is that it doesn’t come with the factory picnic table like the first and second generations did. However, even without the table, the CR-V is a fantastic car.

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Comments (7)

  • It’s reliable

    It’s reliable

    It’s reliable

    Oh and by the way

    It’s reliable

      21 days ago
  • I got my wife the EX-L and we both loved it. Traded it a few months ago for a Pathfinder. The truth is, the CR-V was just too small; it also annoyingly lacked 2nd row AC in Texas. And the Pathfinder makes like 100 more hp. Also the CRV just looks like a mom car. Come to think of it, there is a whole list of things I didn’t like about the CR-V, but I still loved it. It was a well-made machine.

      23 days ago
    • I had the same feeling in a way. Plain and simple it's a great car. However, it's just missing something extra, it doesn't feel special.

        23 days ago
  • My Mom has one. She loves it but she’s 65 and does not want anything larger. She loves the blindspot warnings and the emergency braking but hates the alarms. She does not like how thin the sheetmetal is and complained that if a shopping even looks at it funny the CR-V gets a dent. Scratches easily. It’s two years old. Already had to change the transmission fluid twice with 36,000 on clock. Just changed and the fluid was black. That rings odd to me as if the first change either didn’t take place as stated by the dealer OR there is a defect and the transmission isn’t long for this world. Either way either a bad dealer experience or a ticking time bomb on a new vehicle.

    I wouldn’t own one. She HAD to have one. 🤦‍♂️

      21 days ago
  • I thankfully steered my grandpa away from Honda. Whew.

      22 days ago
  • Very good point, only thing I don't think people will get the same utilitarian use out of the 997 as they would the CR-V.

      22 days ago
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