2020 Honda CR-V Gains New U.S.-Built Hybrid Version, Drops Base 2.4L Engine

Honda has finally added a hybrid version to the 2020 CR-V’s U.S. lineup, making it the first electrified SUV the brand has offered in America.

In addition to the new Hybrid, the rest of the range has been updated with subtle design tweaks in the front and rear, as well as having the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance systems offered as standard.

Honda has also ditched the base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine from its lineup, which leaves the turbocharged, 190 HP 1.5-liter four as the only non-hybrid option.

Also Read: Honda Expects CR-V Hybrid To Account For Half Of European Sales

The new hybrid powertrain of the 2020 CR-V is similar to that of the Accord Hybrid, as it combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with two electric motors. This also makes it all-wheel drive, with an electronic clutch activated when slip is detected to power the rear wheels.

Honda says that the combined output of the CR-V Hybrid is 212 HP and claims it offers a 50 percent increase in EPA’s city fuel economy rating compared to the standard 1.5 Turbo. The final EPA fuel economy ratings aren’t available yet, but if Honda’s claims turn out to be accurate, expect the hybrid version to offer around 44 mpg city.

The exterior design differences are limited to a set of bar-type LED fog lights, a blue Honda logo, Hybrid badging and a hidden exhaust tailpipe. All 2020 CR-Vs feature a more pronounced chrome grille, wider openings for the fog lights, dark-tinted taillights and a dark-chrome treatment for the garnish below the rear glass.

The new CR-V Hybrid also gets a unique instrument panel that shows hybrid-specific information about the power/charge status and more, a set of deceleration selector paddles behind the steering wheel, as well as three available driving modes named Econ, Sport and EV.

All versions benefit from a redesigned center console bin that now offers more flexible storage options and wireless phone charging from the Touring trim level upwards.

Sales of the revamped CR-V will commence this fall, with the Hybrid, which will be produced in Honda’s Indiana plant, to follow in early 2020.

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  • nik

    Oh my god EWW why did they smother the front bumper with plastic?!? And the rear exhaust pipes in the latter half of the gallery look less integrated than the pre-facelift version!

    • xrnzaaas

      for me the chrome mustache looks more disturbing

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    Already looked bulky and somewhat dated. A huge success (not in West-Europe though) but they are a lot of prettier competitors on the market.

  • Thanks Honda for ditching the prefacelifted version’s hideous alloy wheels.

    • Roland Fairwater


  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks way better than the RAV-4

    • Arct1c

      I hope you’re kidding. The RAV4 looks so much better.

  • Craig

    “…it combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with two electric motors. This also makes it all-wheel drive, with an electronic clutch activated when slip is detected to power the rear wheels.” I’m confused. So what are the electric motors doing when NO slip is detected?

    • Alduin

      Burning up.

  • Adam

    What a hideous update! Here in Australia there’s a wait list for the new Rav4 but Honda struggle to sell the CR-V and I understand why.

  • iggination

    Not a fan of the new front bumper. Dropping the 2.4 is a bad move IMO. The 2.4 is a great engine. Definitely better in the long run than the 1.5t IMO.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    They already sell the crap out of these, now they’ll just sell more.

    The CR-V is the class leader.

    • Alduin

      Not with that awful button shifter they wont.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        There are lots of vehicles with push button shifters that sell well. This will do absolutely nothing to deter a buyer.

        • Alduin

          This looks like crap.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🍑

    The front-end is hideous.

  • Alduin

    Eew a button shifter? No more shifter for the automatic? Wow Honda is losing their minds.

    • well, those getting the push-button won’t need to deal with the problem mine had. The thumb park-disengage button broke, shot out of the handle across the across the car. seems not uncommon.

      • Alduin

        You wouldn’t have had the problem to begin with/in the first place if Honda left a shifter in the car instead of making it buttons.

  • my garage has two of these. Both base with 2.4L. I get 30-31 mpg overall, since new. built-in fuel economy meter is accurate enough.
    I got them because they are fairly affordable, lease wise. Otherwise not really a fan. My other three vehicles are Highlanders.
    I prefer the Highlanders’ V6 powertrain overall. The CR-V is ok. I’ve already had three repair items on mine. Other one nothing yet. Sluggish off the line, scary sluggish in some emergency instances. The V6 Highlander is NOTHING near sluggish. I know, they are not in the same class. No need to tell me. 🙂

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