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  • 2020 Honda CR-V Refreshed With New Styling, Standard Active Safety

2020 Honda CR-V Refreshed With New Styling, Standard Active Safety

Turbocharged Engine Standard on All Trims, Too

Sep 23, 2019
In conjunction with the introduction of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, the automaker also announced midcycle updates to the conventional crossover SUV.
Photo 2/3   |   2020 Honda Cr V Exterior Front Quarter 01

Most obviously, the CR-V has been slightly restyled for the 2020 model year. Larger front openings integrated into the front bumper are squarer and more aggressive than before, incorporating LED foglights on the EX, EX-L, and Touring. The front bumper also receives a wing-shape d chrome garnish, similar to a styling detail that shows up on the rear fascia as well—replacing 2019's faux skidplate with a distinctive, architectural piece of brightwork for 2020. The CR-V EX and EX-L receive new 18-inch wheels, while the Touring gets 19s (up an inch from 2019).

Honda is lavishing some attention on the CR-V's functionality as well. Formerly standard only on certain trims, the company's Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance and active safety technologies now comes on every CR-V, including the base LX. Honda Sensing includes forward collision warning and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, road departure prevention, lane-keep assistance, adaptive cruise control, and more.
Photo 3/3   |   2020 Honda Cr V Exterior Rear Quarter 01

The base-model 2020 Honda CR-V LX also gets a 1.5L turbocharged I-4 as standard, where before it came exclusively with a naturally aspirated 2.4L I-4.The small-displacement turbo produces more power than the 2.4 (190 hp versus 184 hp), delivered at lower revs. And although it's down 1 lb-ft in terms of peak torque (179 lb-ft versus 180 lb-ft), that twist comes on boil at 2,000 rpm and stays present all the way until 5,000 rpm. The naturally aspirated engine makes its ever-so-slightly higher number at 3,900 rpm. The turbo engine returns to EX trims and above, making it the sole offering for non-hybrid CR-Vs. A continuously variable transmission is standard.

Inside, the strong-selling crossover is only mildly altered, with a redesigned center console bin with more storage flexibility and wireless charging on the Touring model. As before, the 2020 Honda CR-V is available with a 7-inch Honda Display Audio infotainment screen, reconfigurable instrument cluster display, and optional heated front seats.
Changes to the 2020 Honda CR-V are admittedly minor, but adding a standard, torque-rich turbo four, advanced safety technology, and slightly sportier styling should do nothing to dissuade potential purchasers or Honda devotees from considering the new crossover. And that's before you remember there will also be a likely efficient hybrid version available as well.
Source: Honda
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