The updated 2020 Honda CR-V has begun arriving in U.S. dealerships this week so it’s time to take a look at the price list.
The main changes over the 2019 model regard the introduction of a hybrid version and the replacement of the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with a 1.5-liter turbo-four. Prices start at $25,050 (excluding $1,095 destination charge) for the front-wheel-drive LX base model, accounting for an increase of $600.
Honda says the price increase is minimal, given the more powerful and efficient engine and the addition of the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard.
The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine brings more power (+6 HP), a flatter torque curve (179 lb-ft / 243 Nm at 2,000-5,000 rpm vs. 180 lb-ft / 244 Nm at 3,900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined). The unit is mated as standard to a CVT with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.
The most affordable all-wheel-drive model is the EX AWD, which retails for $29,060, always excluding destination. Prices top out at $34,750 for the Touring AWD, but the arrival of the hybrid model early next year will likely bring them closer to $40k.
Visually, all 2020 2020 CR-V models get a new blacked out grille, broad new openings for the fog lights and three new exterior colors. EX, EX-L and Touring trims also gain new, round LED fog lights, with the range-topping grade also featuring new 19-inch wheels and a chrome exhaust finish.
Inside, the SUV adds a redesigned center console with more flexible storage space and repositioned USB ports, with the CR-V Touring also getting a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.
Prices and specifications for the Honda CR-V Hybrid haven’t been announced yet, as the model will launch in early 2020. However, we do know that the two-motor setup is similar to the one used by the Accord Hybrid.
It combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine with two electric motors for a combined system output of 212 HP and e-AWD capability. According to Honda, the CR-V Hybrid will be 50 percent more economical in the EPA’s city test cycle than the base 1.5-liter model.
Note: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring pictured