2020 Honda CR-V Goes Electric and More

By Justin Cupler | September 24th, 2019

Honda is always looking for new ways to save its fans cash at the pump, and the CR-V will deliver on that goal with the all-new 2020 CR-V Hybrid. While it is the most significant update, the electrification of the 2020 Honda CR-V isn’t the only notable update for this popular crossover, as it will also gain updated looks and more.

The all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will use Honda’s proprietary two-motor system that will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that operate without a transmission. This setup will produce 212 combined horsepower, beating the non-hybrid CR-V by 22 horsepower.

Fuel economy numbers are not official yet, but Honda estimates a 50% increase in city fuel economy when compared to the 1.5-liter-powered CR-V. Given the 2019 CR-V with the 1.5-liter delivers up to 28 mpg city*, Honda’s estimate would put the CR-V Hybrid at approximately 42 mpg city**.

Beyond the new 2020 CR-V Hybrid, Honda’s resident compact crossover will go through a handful of other significant updates, starting with the elimination of the 2.4-liter engine, which results in the turbo 1.5-liter engine becoming the standard engine across the lineup.

The 2020 CR-V will also get a few visual updates, and they start with broad bumper-integrated fog lights, a more pronounced chrome grille, round LED fog lights in EX and higher trims, and three new exterior colors: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue. Other updates on the 2020 CR-V include tinted taillights, dark-chrome rear glass trim, darker window tint, and refreshed 18- and 19-inch wheel options.

Distinguishing the CR-V Hybrid from the crowd is its blue Honda logo in the grille, a unique rear bumper in the Touring Hybrid, a hidden tailpipe, and exclusive wheels.

Inside, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid will have a few small updates to set it apart from the standard model, including its push-button gear shifter, EV mode option, Active Sound Control engine enhancer, hybrid-specific gauges, and more.

The entire 2020 CR-V lineup gains a new center console bin with added storage flexibility. Touring models will now come standard with wireless charging pads to help keep the cabin free of wires.

Rounding out the updates to the 2020 Honda CR-V are new standard safety features. Once optional, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise, and lane-keep assist are all standard across the entire CR-V lineup.

The non-hybrid 2020 CR-V will hit the Garber Honda showroom serving the Rochester area in the fall of 2019. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid will follow in early 2020. Pricing will come soon. Keep an eye on our online inventory page to be the first to know when the 2020 CR-V hits our new-Honda showroom serving the Rochester, Henrietta, and Pittsford areas. Can’t wait for the 2020 CR-V? We have a wide range of in-stock 2019 CR-Vs in the Rochester area ready for immediate delivery.


* 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX trims. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

** Initial internal estimates from Honda. Official EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be available around the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid’s on-sale date.