The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid arrives with the same looks as the updated gas-powered CR-V. You can hardly tell it's the hybrid version outside of a few special badges.
The first-ever CR-V Hybrid becomes Honda's first electrified crossover SUV in the United States. The hybrid powertrain features a a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motor, and 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. All-wheel drive is also standard.
The CR-V Hybrid comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more.
Choosing Your Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid is available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing starts at $28,870 including destination for the base LX model and tops out at $37,070 for the range-topping Touring.
The CR-V Hybrid utilizes two electric motors: one starter/generator and one for propulsion. These are paired with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. Collectively, the hybrid powertrain is good for 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque.
The system doesn't have the need for gear changes, and instead utilizes an electronic single-speed transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
Fuel economy is where hybrid vehicles shine, and the CR-V delivers. It earns an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 38 combined. Compare to that the gas CR-V, which only gets 27/32/29 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Honda CR-V Hybrid offers seating for five passengers. It has 33.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which expands to 68.7 cubic feet with it folded flat. The hybrid system eats away at the standard CR-V's 39.2/75.8 cubic feet, but not by much.
All CR-V Hybrid models get adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a driver attention monitor, and automatic high beams. All but the base model also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Touring trim gets front and rear parking sensors.
The CR-V Hybrid also features an acoustic vehicle alerting system, in which a bumper-mounted speaker generates an alert which is almost inaudible inside the cabin to prevent pedestrians from stepping in front of it when traveling using electric power.
The base CR-V Hybrid disappoints with a 5-inch LCD screen without smartphone integration. It does get Bluetooth, Pandora capability, one USB port, and a four-speaker audio system.
All other models get a modern infotainment system, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker audio system, and two front and two rear USB ports.
The range-topping Touring model also gets navigation, a wireless phone charger, and a nine-speaker audio system.
The CR-V Hybrid LX features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, and LED daytime running lights. Its sparse feature list includes automatic climate control, push button start, smart entry, a six-way manual driver seat, and the 5-inch display.
The EX trim more than justifies its modest $2,510 price premium over the base model. In addition to the upgraded infotainment system, it gets a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 12-way power driver's seat with memory, and remote start. On the outside, the EX equips LED fog lights, heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a security system, and rear privacy glass.
It's a similar jump in price, but the EX-L's upgrades over EX models are less significant than the latter's improvements over the LX. The EX-L trim gets leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, as well as a heated steering wheel, a four-way power passenger seat, a power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Distinguished externally by 19-inch alloy wheels and roof rails, the Touring benefits from navigation, a nine-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, and wireless device charging. Newly standard features also include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors.
The lack of infotainment features on LX trim is very disappointing, making the cheapest CR-V Hybrid hard to recommend. The EX trim adds several desirable features over the base model for a modest price increase, including the 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and moonroof, making it our pick of the range.