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2020 Honda CR-V Overview

The current-generation Honda CR-V debuted for the 2017 model year. In keeping with typical Honda timing, 2020 marks a major refresh for this compact crossover, with new technology, features, and options.

The 2020 model sports revised front and rear fascias that help it to look more rugged and athletic. These are offset by new wheel designs and three new colors: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Pearl. Lastly, Honda tinted the rear glass just a bit darker.

Last year’s base 2.4-liter engine went the way of the dodo, leaving the potent turbocharged 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with start/stop as the CR-V’s only option. It puts out 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) drives the front wheels, or optionally all 4. Fuel economy stands at 28 mpg city, 34 highway, and 30 combined for front-wheel-drive (FWD) versions and 27/32/29 for all-wheel-drive (AWD) ones.

The same LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims return for 2020. The base LX packages 17-inch alloy wheels, black exterior door handles and mirrors, automatic climate control, and a 4-speaker audio system. Other trims add a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, larger wheels, a power driver’s seat, a 7-inch infotainment system, six speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation, satellite radio, premium audio, LED headlights, and a power liftgate. New options for 2020 include Qi wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, and LED fog lights.

Safety-wise, the CR-V features the Honda Sensing suite as standard equipment. It includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Automatic high beams are also standard. You can add a multi-angle reversing camera and blind-spot monitoring. The CR-V achieved a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2019.

The Honda CR-V is among the most well-rounded crossovers in its class, even more so with the 2020 updates.


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Honda CR-V Questions

Flashing Whole Instrument Panel

I have a Honda CR-V 2020. At night, possibly when the auto high beams are engaging, the instrument panel fades out and back. What is this issue?

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I would like to know if the new 2020 Honda CR-V has a timing belt or chain? Thanks!

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