Honda first debuted its hybrid electric CR-V in 2017. While many thought the carmaker would quickly bring it to the United States, it never happened. Now, more than two years after the first unveiling, the CR-V Hybrid is finally ready to land in the United States.
Honda unveiled the CR-V crossover on Wednesday, 2020. In addition to finally germinating a hybrid variant, the updated CR-V also updates the sport's aesthetic and technological offerings.
The look is not too much of a departure from the CR-V. The fog lights now integrate better with the front bumper, and the grille is a little more pronounced than it was before. The hybrid gets a specific fog light in the bar style, while other trims are content with the round. From behind, there are new darker taillights and a new chrome trigger. New wheels are also offered. The hybrid variant gets its own unique marking as well as a hidden tailpipe.
Honda also changed the CR-V's interior. The center console container has been redesigned to make it easier to use. Touring trims now get charging Qi wireless, and there's a whole bunch of available technology inside, such as a color screen in the gauge cluster, rear USB ports, power seats and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto . The CR-V Hybrid gets special interior trim and a pressure selector gear selector with mode to increase efficiency or throttle response.
When we talk about the CR-V Hybrid, let's talk about the powertrain. Under the hood, a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle is inline-4. This is in line with Honda's two-engine hybrid system to produce a net 21
The only gas CR-V line has a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 that makes 190 horsepower, mated to a mandatory continuous variable gearbox and the buyer's choice of front or four-wheel drive.
The 2020 model year also gives the CR-V a huge increase in safety. Honda Sensing, the carmaker's suite of active and passive safety systems, is now standard across the board. This group includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, lane departure warning, lane assistance and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot monitoring is available on certain trims. The CR-V Hybrid also generates a low-speed noise when it uses only electricity.
The 2020 Honda CR-V will be on sale this fall, but if you are looking for the CR-V Hybrid, you will have to wait until early 2020 for it. Price and fuel economy information will be made available closer to the release of each variant.