2020 Honda CR-V Refreshed With New Styling, Standard Active Safety
Turbocharged Engine Standard on All Trims, Too
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 wellâreplacing 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).
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.