Compact crossovers seem to be everywhere these days. As the bridge between a hatchback and an SUV, petite crossovers are ideal for folks seeking more space and a higher fuel economy. That’s why we love the 2020 Honda CR-V. This crossover SUV is sleek, practical, and has everything you could possibly want inside and out.
The new Honda CR-V has seating available for up to five people. For cargo space, the 2020 Honda CR-V offers a whopping 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the back row. That is more than enough room for groceries, shopping bags, sports gear, and whatever else you need to pack inside the vehicle. If you happen to need more space, all you have to do is fold down the second row of seating. This will open up the back area to about 75.8 cubic feet. If that still isn’t enough to accommodate longer items, you can also fold the front passenger seat down to expand the cargo area further.
Now that we’ve given you a basic idea of what the 2020 Honda CR-V has to offer, let’s dig a little deeper into the overall performance, interior features, and exterior styling elements of each trim level.
Sometimes, you will find a vehicle that you like, but it will be available with a number of powertrains. This can be confusing and frustrating. One of the great things about the 2020 Honda CR-V is that it is only available with one powertrain. Every trim level uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and FWD, this powertrain has a stellar estimated fuel economy of 30 MPG combined (28 city/34 highway).2 Most competitors have an average estimated fuel economy of around 26 to 28 MPG combined. This makes the Honda CR-V very attractive to anyone who likes to save money. While 2 MPG might not seem like a lot, it can add up very fast. Everyone wants to save some money wherever they can, and the CR-V can help you do that at the pump. Even more, this model can also tow up to 1,500 pounds!
The new 2020 Honda CR-V comes very well equipped, even on the base trim. Every model comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. This includes numerous driving aids that were designed to help prevent accidents. You will find systems such as lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road departure mitigation, and forward collision mitigation, all equipped on the 2020 Honda CR-V models. This advanced CR-V safety suite is unmatched on the market. It was nearly impossible to find a base-level crossover with this many high-tech safety features before the new CR-V came along. Needless to say, we are in awe of this well-rounded, safe, family-friendly vehicle. Not only is it safe to drive, but it has wonderful highway manners, and we are certain that you will enjoy your time inside this vehicle. Long road trips will be a blast, and even your daily commute to work won’t be boring when you are driving a 2020 Honda CR-V.
As for the trim levels, there are a total of four models to choose from. Kicking things off, the base is called the LX. It comes with some pretty great features such as automatic climate control, a four-speaker sound system, and keyless entry. Also included at this base level is an infotainment system that is quite satisfactory. Displayed on a 5-inch LCD monitor, this system comes with Pandora radio, the video feed for the rearview camera, and Bluetooth capabilities. You can make or receive calls hands-free, and you can even send text messages without taking your eyes off the road. This makes it easy to keep in touch and remain safe at the same time.
The second trim is a great option for many drivers. It comes with some high-level luxuries that you might not expect at such an affordable rate. It’s known as the EX. Featuring heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a one-touch power moonroof, and push-button start technology, you will be hard-pressed to find something you don’t love about this trim level. The infotainment interface also gets a significant upgrade with a larger 7-inch touchscreen and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Two additional speakers have been added to the sound system for a total of six, and this vehicle also comes with HD and satellite radio. If you prefer uninterrupted music streaming during your daily drives, then this might just be the model for you. Added safety features include blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Next, the EX-L gets a few extra luxuries such as leather-trimmed/power-adjustable seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an upgraded sound system with eight speakers. While that may not seem like enough upgrades for the price difference, the leather seating is quite subtle and elegant. Also, the auto-dimming rearview mirror will instantly take the glare out of your eyes when another vehicle comes up behind you with their bright lights on.
Finally, the top-tier trim level is known as the Touring. This luxurious model takes the cake. It comes equipped with a wireless charging pad to help keep the cabin clear of clutter, a heated steering wheel, and ambient cabin lighting to set a relaxing mood. It also gets an upgrade to the infotainment system with the addition of voice-activated navigation and HD traffic updates in real-time. You will never have to worry about being lost in a new city again. This handy system will make sure that you are always on the faster route to your desired destination.
Now, let’s explore the exterior of the new 2020 Honda CR-V. As a compact crossover, you might be under the impression that there aren’t many differences between the various trim levels from the outside. However, this is a common misconception that simply isn’t true. This innovative model stands out in a sea of other others as a sleek, sporty ride. No matter which trim level you choose, it will come with a signature curvy body style and eye-catching wheel designs. Let’s take a closer look at what makes each trim different from the outside.
The base LX model rolls on 17-inch wheels and features LED daytime running lamps, power-adjustable side mirrors, and automatic high beams. Next, the EX version gets added LED fog lights for optimal visibility and rear privacy glass to prevent passersby from peeking inside the vehicle. As for the EX-L, the only difference on this trim is the added hands-free power liftgate. This significant feature allows you to easily load up the back of the vehicle without setting your items on the ground to open the back. Lastly, the top-of-the-line Touring model rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, and features LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Also included with this model are dual chrome exhaust tips for a sportier look and roof rails for additional storage space.
Finally, we are going to talk about colors for a moment. Sometimes something as simple as paint can be a dealbreaker. That’s why this Honda SUV is available in eight unique shades. You can choose from the following: Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Aegean Blue Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic. Your new Honda CR-V will sparkle and shine in the sun, turning heads everywhere you go.