THE BOTTOM LINE
The favored Honda CR-V crossover is now obtainable with a hybrid powertrain. It is so like its gas-powered cousin that drivers gained a distinction—besides on the gasoline pump.
Value as Examined $35,950.00
- Extra energy than customary CR-V
- Wonderful gasoline financial system
- All-wheel drive customary on all fashions
- Dated infotainment system
- Battery takes up cargo house
- No spare tire
- Base trim lacks smartphone integration
2020 HONDA CR-V HYBRID SPECS
Honda expects two-thirds of its international gross sales to return from e-vehicles by 2030, with hybrid cars making up 50 %. The brand new 2020 CR-V Hybrid joins a secure of alt-fuel Honda autos obtainable at this time, together with the Accord, the Readability, and the Insight. It is clear Honda has excessive hopes for the CR-V Hybrid and expects it to earn the identical sales-leader standing as the standard mannequin. There is no doubt that current CR-V lovers will discover simply as a lot to love right here, with the additional advantage of a higher gasoline financial system. That stated, the first-of-its-kind CR-V Hybrid has several flaws akin to much less cargo house and a dated infotainment system that makes for harder competitors with the highest vendor within the phase, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Options, Pricing, and Design
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is available in 4 trim ranges—LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. It combines an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-four engine with two motor turbines to realize 212 of whole horsepower and 232lb.-ft. Of torque. One motor is geared onto the engine, whereas the opposite motor is geared to the differential offering 4 driving modes—Sport, Econ, EV, and Regular—and steering wheel paddle-like deceleration selectors to regulate the system’s regenerative drag.
Energy is directed to all wheels (AWD) by a Digital Constantly Variable Transmission (E-CVT). The engine and regenerative braking charge a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack underneath the rear cargo space. The CR-V Hybrid delivers a powerful 40mpg metropolis/35mpg freeway/38mpg mixed gasoline effectivity.
The bottom LX trim begins at $25,050 and comes with customary exterior options akin to 17-inch alloy wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, energy facet mirrors, an intermittent rear window wiper, distant entry, and LED daytime operating lights.
Normal inside facilities embody computerized local weather management, energy locks and home windows with driver facet auto up/down, a telescopic and tilt steering column, a sliding armrest for entrance and rear seats, push-button begin, a retractable cargo cowl, material seats with guide adjustment, and fold-down 60/40 break up rear seats.
Normal tech options embody a four-speaker audio system with speed-sensitive quantity compensation, a 5-inch in-dash color LCD, Bluetooth and Pandora compatibility, two USB ports, and a 12-volt outlet. Driver-assist applied sciences embody a multi-angle rearview digicam, brake help, forward-collision and lane-departure warning, collision mitigation, street departure mitigation, lane-keeping help, and adaptive cruise with low pace observe.
The EX trim that begins at $27,560 provides heated entrance seats, a 12-way energy driver seat with a lumbar assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring with a cross-traffic monitor, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch in-dash contact display screen, HondaLink distant entry, two rear USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system with Sirius XM and AM/FM HD Radio, LED fog lights, and the distant engine begins.
Stepping as much as the EX-L trim prices $30,050 and provides an influence tailgate, leather-trimmed seats, an entrance passenger 12-way energy seat, entrance seat reminiscence, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a dimming rearview mirror, and ambient lighting.
We examined the top-of-the-line Touring trim priced at $35,950 that features a hands-free tailgate, auto LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a Honda satellite tv for a pc navigation system with voice recognition, a nine-speaker premium audio system, a wi-fi cellphone charger, entrance and rear parking sensors, and Honda roadside help.
Informal observers gained be capable distinguishing iron between the CR-V Hybrid and its gas-only sibling, save for a little bit of badging. It has the identical pleasing but unexciting exterior styling and the inside options tasteful wood trim and feel upscale for the phase.
The CR-V Hybrid loses its spare tire due to battery placement underneath the rear cargo maintain and replaces it with tire restore equipment. The seats can also be lowered absolutely to increase cargo capacity, which causes the hybrid to lag behind its gas-consuming cousin on utility in favor of gasoline effectivity.
The LCD instrument cluster loses a tachometer however provides graphics and data on the powertrain, displaying the change between the electric-only mode used to begin rolling and the gasoline engine mode that kicks in at increased speeds. The hybrid model additionally switches out the shift lever for a push-button gear selector that takes slightly getting used to.
Interface and Connectivity
The 2020 Hybrid mannequin has the identical dated infotainment system as all CR-Vs and continues to be Honda’s weak spot. Honda’s management knobs for quantity or local weather management are straightforward to use whereas driving; however, the contact display screen for the infotainment system is another story.
The semi-matte floor exhibits fewer fingerprints however creates a fuzzy look for icons and the digicam view. We discovered the system tougher to make use of whereas driving than these of rivals. The display screen response time also lags slightly, and a few controls are buried layers beneath the primary menu.
Like most automakers, Honda depends on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for cloud-based connectivity; they are usually customary throughout the road apart from the LX trim. Though Honda solely expects 10 % of gross sales from the bottom trim, it appears shortsighted when constructing model loyalty for this large phase—and the reason that Toyota RAV4 Hybrid provides it.
Our Touring trim has Honda’s satellite tv for the pc navigation system, however Android Auto and CarPlay present continuously up-to-date maps. Our tester also got here with the HondaLink telematics system that falls quick on options compared to rivals akin to Hyundai.
As a CR-V proprietor, the hybrid model we examined felt acquainted and cozy, however, with added perkiness in its efficiency. Our gas-powered 2019 CR-V peaks at 190hp and 179lb-ft of torque; the hybrid model bumps energy considerably at 212hp and 232lb-ft of torque.
In Sport mode, the hybrid powertrain reacts to accelerator pumps with a pep missing within the common mannequin; however, the CVT complains loudly and provides the sense that the engine is straining. In any other case, the CVT permits for clean acceleration and deceleration, one thing that’s often jolty in different hybrids we have examined.
The transition from electrical to mixed gasoline/electrical energy is equally clean, with the engine’s sound taking on from the buzz-hum pedestrian warning tone of the electrical model. Honda added insulation to the CR-V Hybrid that makes for an extra serene drive, and the audio system’s noise-canceling retains the engine hum at bay.
Whereas the gasoline mileage is healthier than its conventional model, the CR-V Hybrid lags rivals. Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid will get a 41mpg metropolis/38mpg freeway, and the Ford Escape Hybrid garners a powerful 43mpg metropolis/37mpg freeway.
It’s straightforward to see why the CR-V has been a longtime favorite within the midsize crossover phase. It’s a dependable workhorse that’s nice to drive, and the Hybrid mannequin provides efficiency and gasoline effectivity to the combination. The Touring trim we examined prices practically $3,000 greater than the common CR-V Touring; it is lower than a loaded RAV4 Hybrid Restricted by about $2,000. If not for several drawbacks,s such as the dated infotainment display screen, lack of cargo house, and lack of a spare tire, it could be a really shut name; however, the RAV4 wins out in the end.