Three ways to make good things better: add a cherry to the top of an ice cream, add sugar to sugar-free lemonade, and, add a hybrid variant to the unbelievably amazing Honda CR-V. (Please bring it to the US, Honda USA, please!)
Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine along with an electric motor and single fixed-gear transmission to provide a combined 181 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid builds on the CR-V’s existing strengths while adding a few notable muscles of its own.
The problem is a US release date for the Honda CR-V Hybrid has yet to be announced. But we’ve had lots of opportunities to learn how great it is since it was revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Judging by the European model, there’s a lot to look forward to. So let’s pretend it is coming our way and soon we will all enjoy the following.
Thanks to the CR-V’s 2018 redesign, the 2019 CR-V boasts a longer wheelbase than prior model years, which allows for a more spacious interior. This is particularly beneficial for the hybrid variant as the size of the hybrid’s battery pack eats into the cargo hold. Yet, thanks to its elongated body, the loss of space is nominal.
Inside, drivers and passengers will enjoy the comfort of the CR-V’s sleek, sophisticated, no-nonsense design and remarkably quiet drive. Additionally, the throttle response is more direct than a typical CVT setup and the engine noise is…cricket…practically non-existent. The CR-V’s quiet ride has a lot to do with Honda’s Active Sound Control system, which uses the cabin speakers to cancel out certain frequencies in the engine noise.
Available in four trims—S, SE, SR and EX—drivers may choose between front- or all-wheel drive; however, the S is only available in two-wheel drive form, and the EX is only available with four-wheel drive.
The two-wheel drive variant offers an official combined fuel consumption figure of 53.3 mpg, while the four-wheel drive variant provides 51.4 mpg. (Note: These are European standards, not EPA ratings.)
Plus, drivers have the option of switching between three different modes: EV Drive, where the motor runs on charge stored in the battery; Hybrid Drive, where the engine functions as a generator; and Engine Drive, where the engine is connected directly to the wheels.
Safety & Tech
All Honda CR-V Hybrids come with Honda’s sophisticated suite of driver assisted technologies known as Honda Sensing. This means automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition are standard across trim levels.
The CR-V Hybrid includes a virtual instrument cluster based around a 7-inch TFT-LCD display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Is the CR-V Hybrid for you?
Although, not available in the US (yet), Honda’s first hybrid SUV may not be as sporty as its non-hybrid siblings, but what it lacks in off-road readiness it makes up for in comfort. The CR-V Hybrid is a refined, easy-going vehicle that promises a comfortable, relaxing ride and an eco-friendly drive.
To learn more about the Honda CR-V Hybrid, stop by our Tracy Honda dealership and meet with a member of our Tracy Honda sales team. As a leading supplier of Honda vehicles throughout Tracy, CA and the greater San Joaquin County area, our Tracy Honda team is here to help answer any questions you may have and help you find the Honda that’s right for you.