2020 Honda CR-V Review

Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover.

So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features.  Plus there are slight changes to the exterior and interior design.  And what’s great is that there’s not much added to the price tag for these extras.

Additionally, Honda is adding a Hybrid CR-V its offerings in 2020.

2020 Honda CR-V driver profile

2020 Honda CR-V

So, for my Top-3 favorite aspects of this compact crossover, I really had to widdle it down.  Because this is just a great ride overall, there were lots of options.

2020 Honda CR-V Top-3:

  1. Value
  2. Fuel economy
  3. Interior space

And continue reading and I’ll unpack why I chose the above Top-3.

Prices & Trim Level

So for 2020, the CR-V comes in four different trim level configurations.  But keep in mind, that doesn’t include the hybrid.  Because that will likely add a few more trim options.

2020 Honda CR-V Trims & MSRPs:

  • LX $25,050
  • EX $27,560
  • EX-L $30,050
  • Touring $33,250

As always, these are starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  And you need to get your CR-V equipped to your liking.


Engine, Transmission & MPG

For 2020 Honda is keeping it easy and putting the same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine in all CR-V trim levels.

2020 Honda CR-V engine

Remote engine start standard on all but LX trim.

And that engine delivers 190 horsepower with 179 pound-feet of torque.  Impressively push-button start and a remote engine start are included on all trims except the base-model LX.


Additionally, the same transmission goes into all trim configurations.  So, it’s a smooth and spirited continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode.

2020 Honda CR-V center console

Easy access Eco-drive mode & Run/Stop buttons

And, while front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel-drive is available across all trim levels.

Fuel Economy

Thanks to the similarity in the engine and transmission the fuel economies are also identically rated.  But they are slightly different when you factor all-wheel or 2-wheel (front) drive.

2020 Honda CR-V MPG:

  • 2WD: 28 / 30 / 34
  • AWD: 27 / 29 / 32

City / Combined / Highway 

Regardless of your drivetrain, you’re in great MPG range with CR-V.

Plus the 2020 CR-V saves on fuel consumption with run-stop technology.  And that’s included across all trims levels too.

What Does 2020 Honda CR-V Look Like?

Although the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V has a new exterior, it can take an educated eye to catch the differences consistently.

But my take is that it just looks cooler.  Because the new lines of the crossover definitely give it a sportier new look.

2020 Honda CR-V headlight

LED headlights

LED headlights now standard on the 2020 CR-V.

Exterior Measurements (inches):

  • Wheelbase: 104.8 / 104.7
  • Length: 182.1
  • Height: 66.1 / 66.5
  • Width: 73.0
  • Ground Clearance: 7.8 / 8.2
  • Curb Weight: 3,337 lbs / 3,455 lbs
  • Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs

* 2WD / AWD

And LED taillights are also standard.

2020 Honda CR-V taillight

LED taillights

Also, dual chrome exhaust finishers really help accentuate the rugged wide stance of the 2020 Honda CR-V.

2020 CR-V Exterior Colors:

  • Sonic gray pearl
  • Aegean blue metallic
  • Crystal black pearl
  • Lunar silver metallic
  • Modern steel metallic
  • Obsidian blue pearl
  • Platinum white pearl
  • Radiant red metallic

*Color availability is trim-dependent.

2020 Honda CR-V wheel

Available 19-inch alloy wheels

And the 2020 CR-V comes with three different wheels standard.  So, depending on which trim you go with you’ll have 17’s to 19-inch alloy wheels standard.

2020 Honda CR-V Interior

The refresh of the 2020 CR-V interior is similar to the exterior in that it’s subtle but makes a difference.  And that makes sense because inside the CR-V was already class-leading in many ways.

2020 Honda CR-V front seats and dash from backseat

All but the base LX trim gets heated front seats

All trim levels except the base LX come with a 12-way power driver’s seat.  And the EX-L and Touring also include two-position memory.

So the already tech-savvy cabin delivers a newly designed center console.  And all us automotive journalists seem to agree that it’s fantastic.

2020 Honda CR-V center console charging and ports

Wireless charging and advanced console

And that’s because it offers more functionality to hide and store stuff as well as easier access to ports.  Plus, if you go with the Touring trim level then you also get wireless phone charging and a heated steering wheel.

2020 Honda CR-V backseat w. armrest down

I’m 5’10” and very comfortable in the spacious backseat

The 2020 Honda CR-V has plenty of legroom and headroom in the backseat.  And the floor in the middle of the backseat is mostly flat.  That makes it easier and more comfortable to sit three-across.

cargo area w. backseat partial down

75.8 cubic-feet of cargo space w/ seats down

So, with the backseats up the 2020 CR-V offers 39.2 cubic-feet of cargo space.  Unless you go with the Touring trim level which delivers a little less at 37.6 cu-ft.

But with the 60/40 split backseats folded down the CR-V has 75.8 cu-ft of cargo space to work with.

Infotainment Technology

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity come in all trim levels except the LX as does a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen that I find easy to use.

center stack

Available 7″ touchscreen

But that infotainment system does take some criticism because there isn’t a tuning knob.  However, that’s about the only criticism you’ll hear about the CR-V.  And that’s highly significant in itself.

Touring badge

Touring trim level is a compelling package

Now when it comes to audio systems, the Honda CR-V comes with a different one for each trim level.   So 330-watt premium system with 9 speakers and subwoofer only comes standard on the Touring trim.

What does CR-V stand for?

Comfortable Runabout Vehicle :0)

Safety & Driver Assistance Tech

New for 2020, Honda Sensing comes standard across all trim levels.  And that’s a big deal because it’s a suite of driver assistance and safety features that really make a difference.

 Honda Sensing standard:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist system
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control w/ low-speed follow

Additional available driver-assistive safety features include; blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights.

And the 2020 Honda CR-V received a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2020 Honda CR-V Top-3

So that brings us back to the Top-3.

  1. Value: Fully loaded, under $35k MSRP the CR-V, packs a knock-out punch.  Because you get so much for so little.
  2. Fuel economy: The drive is spirited.  And you take haul a lot of people and or stuff.  All while sipping gas.
  3. Interior space: It’s a compact crossover.  But there’s nothing that feels compact about the CR-V.