The 2020 CR-V Hybrid: Honda’s First Electrified SUV

For the past two decades, the Honda CR-V has been one of America’s most popular vehicles*, in fact, it is America’s best-selling crossover. And for 2020, the Honda CR-V is giving American drivers something new to look forward to. The 2020 Honda CR-V models include new features and upgraded powertrains including the all-new CR-V Hybrid. As Honda’s first electrified SUV, the hybrid CR-V joins Honda’s electric 2020 vehicle lineup, which includes the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Honda Insight, and the Clarity series. Today, let’s learn more about the first electric Honda SUV.

Honda’s Electric Initiative

The launch of the electric CR-V is part of Honda’s larger initiative to have two-thirds of its global auto sales come from electric vehicles by 2030. The development and application of hybrid technologies to popular models was done to meet customer needs, improve fuel efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change. As Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Senior Vice President of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., stated, “The Honda CR-V Hybrid also signifies our direction to bring Honda hybrid-electric technology to all core models and to invest in the production of electrified vehicles in America.”

The Powertrain

The 2020 Hybrid CR-V will improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing interior space, driving dynamics, or passenger comfort. It shares the same advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain that the Accord Hybrid operates on and combines two electric motors with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine.

The Honda CR-V Hybrid SUV operates without a conventional automatic transmission and includes a range of electric-only operations. To maintain interior and cargo space, the compact intelligent power unit, which contains the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is mounted under the cargo floor.

This electric SUV delivers a peak 212 horsepower and, when compared to the non-hybrid variant, is expected to deliver an anticipated 50 percent increase in the EPA city fuel economy rating. More detailed EPA ratings will be available closer to the CR-V Hyrbid’s on-sale date in early 2020.

Additionally, the Honda CR-V Hybrid includes the first use of all-wheel drive (AWD) technology in Honda’s two-motor hybrid system. The AWD system activates an electronic clutch when traction is low to send the appropriate level of power from the motor to the rear wheels as needed.

Standard Safety

All 2020 Honda CR-V variants come with Honda Sensing, Honda’s standard suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which include:

  • 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
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
Exterior & Interior Design Flourishes & Upgrades

All CR-V models in the 2020 lineup received exterior and interior styling updates that lend America’s best-selling SUV a more upscale and rugged appearance. Exterior upgrades include:

  • Broad openings for fog lights that are fully integrated into the bumper
  • Chrome grille
  • Round LED fog lights in the CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring
  • Bar-type fog lights with five LEDs in the CR-V Hybrid
  • CR-V Hybrid models include Hybrid badging and blue Honda logo in the center grille
  • All CR-V models include new dark-tinted taillights and a new dark chrome treatment for the garnish below the rear glass and more darkly tinted read window
  • All CR-V EX and EX-L trims, including Hybrid, received newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while Touring trims get a new, larger 19-inch wheel and tire (+1 inch).
  • Three new exterior colors are available for 2020: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic is available exclusively on non-hybrid models

The interior of the new CR-V Hybrid is comfortable, cozy, and connected. CR-V Hybrid drivers will enjoy the CR-V’s new push-button selector with three distinct drive mode switches: Eco, Sport, and EV. Driving in EV mode allows the CR-V Hybrid to operate under electric-only power when the hybrid battery has a sufficient charge.

The instrument panel includes a digital display for power/charge status, as well as a driver-selectable display for power distribution and regeneration. Additionally, drivers can increase or decrease the amount of regenerative braking by using steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.

All 2020 Honda CR-V models and trims also received the following upgrades:
  • Redesigned center console bin that’s easier to use and offers more storage options
  • Standard Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging area
  • Color TFT driver-information interface (DII) center meter display
  • Available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  • Additional available features include: remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment, driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats

For more information on the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid and the other models and trims in Honda’s 2020 lineup, stop by our Tracy Honda dealership located in Tracy, California. A member of our sales team would be happy to review in greater detail the specifics of the 2020 Honda CR-V and provide insight on when to expect Honda’s first electrified SUV in our Honda dealership.

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*based on IHS Markit, total new registrations non-luxury. CR-V Non-Luxury Compact SUV/CUV for year 2015-2016.