2020 Honda CR-V: America's Favorite Crossover Gets Significant Upgrades in Technology, Features and LX Powertrain

2020 Honda CR-V: America's Favorite Crossover Gets Significant Upgrades in Technology, Features and LX Powertrain

The refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, an updated take on America's most popular crossover, begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features, and a new turbocharged powertrain for the popular LX trim, along with standard Honda Sensing® technologies on all grades. With cumulative U.S. sales now topping the 5-million-unit mark, the 2020 model looks to extend CR-V's position as the best-selling crossover in America over the past 22 years.

The 2020 CR-V goes on sale with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starting at $25,0501 (excluding destination and handling charges) for the front-wheel-drive LX model, an increase of just $600 despite the addition of Honda Sensing and a more powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to the LX trim. An all-new, even more powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid-electric CR-V will join the lineup early next year.

All 2020 CR-Vs benefit from new front and rear exterior styling cues, including a redesigned front bumper and grille, and new headlight designs. EX and EX-L trims also get redesigned alloy wheels, while Touring grades get new 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels and tires. The 2020 model also debuts three new exterior colors: Radiant Red Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Aegean Blue Pearl.

Inside, CR-V's spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned center console with more conveniently located USB ports and more flexible storage space, while the line-topping CR-V Touring adds a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.

Mechanically, the biggest change to the 2020 CR-V is the addition of the 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine for the popular LX trim, which replaces a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. For the LX, this means more power (+6 horsepower), a flatter torque curve (179 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5000 rpm vs. 180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined).

Importantly, the CR-V LX also gets Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, extending these popular features throughout the CR-V lineup.

2020 CR-V Pricing & EPA Data

Model / Trim / Drivetrain
MSRP1 Including $1,095
Destination Charge
EPA Mileage Rating
28 / 34 / 30
27 / 32 / 29
28 / 34 / 30
27 / 32 / 29
28 / 34 / 30
27 / 32 / 29
CR-V Touring (2WD)
28 / 34 / 30
CR-V Touring (AWD)
27 / 32 / 29


All gasoline-powered 2020 CR-Vs now feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and 179 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), delivering refined and responsive performance across the engine's full operating range. Available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive, power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.

More information on the CR-V Hybrid's two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain will be available closer to when it goes on sale early next year.

2020 Honda CR-V Powertrain Details

2020 CR-V LX, EX, EX-L, Touring
Engine Type
Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder
Displacement (cc)
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
190 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm SAE net)
179 @ 2000-5000
Bore and Stroke (mm)
73 x 89.5
Compression Ratio
Maximum Boost (psi)
Fuel Injection
16-Valve DOHC w/dual VTC
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
Low-Inertia Mono-Scroll Turbocharger


The 2020 Honda CR-V's more upscale and distinctive presence comes courtesy of a new blackout grille, and broad new openings for the fog lights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get new, round LED fog lights. The added sophistication continues in back with dark-tinted taillight lenses, a dark chrome tailgate garnish and more darkly tinted rear glass. EX and EX-L trims get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while the Touring trim's new, larger 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch) raise the bar on the Touring's stance and upscale demeanor. Touring trims also get new chrome exhaust finishers. Three new exterior colors come to the CR-V—Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Pearl—expanding to eight the number of color choices available for CR-V.

Inside, all 2020 Honda CR-Vs get a redesigned center console that is easier to use, with more flexible storage options, while CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Other in-vehicle technologies include a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display, available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. Additional available tech includes remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver's seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats.


Beginning with the 2020 model year, all Honda CR-V trims come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights.

The 2020 CR-V also incorporates the latest generation of Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and targets the highest collision safety ratings. These include a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)3 and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention with Honda Sensing.


The 2020 Honda CR-V maintains the same class-leading agility and confidence-inspiring handling as before. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension use specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote responsive turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable-ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V's direct and satisfying steering feel.

Model Trim Level Summary

Honda Sensing (new to trim)
Auto high/low beams (new to trim)
1.5-liter engine (new to trim)
Idle Start/Stop
12V power outlet
USB input
Black exterior door handles
Black exterior mirrors
17-inch alloy wheels
Automatic climate control
Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
Manual seats
4-speaker audio system

(New features for 2020 in bold)

EX (add or replace from LX)
LED Fog lights
HD Radio
One-touch moonroof with tilt feature
Blind spot information
18-inch wheels
8-way power driver's seat
Privacy glass
7-inch Display Audio system with six-speakers
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
Smart Start / Smart Entry
Security system
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Remote start
Heated front seats
XM Radio
Mirror turn signals
Heated outside mirrors
Body-color door handles
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
2 Rear USB
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Front tweeters (+2 speakers)
Ambient lights
Cargo cover
Body-colored mirrors
Auto up/down windows
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Passenger-side seatback pocket

(New features for 2020 in bold)

EX-L (add or replace from EX)
Leather seating surfaces
Power tailgate
4-way power passenger seat
Auto dimming rearview mirror
Driver's seat memory controls
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Leather-wrapped shifter
Rear tweeters (+2 speakers)

Touring (add or replace from EX-L)
19-inch alloy wheels (+1-inch)
Heated steering wheel
Wireless charging
Updated LED high and low-beam headlights
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
Roof rails
Rain-sensing wipers
Hands-free access power tailgate
Chrome exhaust
9-speaker premium audio (+1 speaker)

(New features for 2020 in bold)

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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