While Honda did a light refresh of the CR-V only two years ago, the wildly popular crossover is getting yet another round of changes. This time they go quite a bit deeper, including the option of finally adding a hybrid powertrain. These shifts are necessary as competition in the market keeps heating up.
This move to hybridize the CR-V lineup means all non-hybrid models will use the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine, which previously was reserved for only upper trims. Hybrid models, on the other hand, will use Honda’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. This is all part of a push by the company to electrify more of its lineup and marks the first hybrid SUV from the automaker.
Of course, this refresh includes styling changes. Overall, the exterior looks a little more rugged and truck-like, somewhat following in the footsteps of the Toyota RAV4, while still retaining a fair amount of “cuteness.” Interior changes include a new center console design that includes wireless charging for Qi-compatible devices, if you choose the Touring trim.
Following general industry trends, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies comes standard on all 2020 Honda CR-V models. Hybrid models will come with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System so pedestrians and cyclists aren’t caught by surprise when the vehicle is moving using only the electric motors.
No official release date has been given by Honda, but it’s safe to say they likely will be no later than early 2020.