2020 Honda CR-V reviews are here, and we fell in love with the CR-V ever since the 2019 model. It was spacious, superb, and comfortable. Pretty much did everything well.
We thought it was the star in the compact SUV business.
We say compact lightly because, in terms of interior space, this rivals some midsize SUVs, except for the 2020 model, Honda decided to do a subtle refresh.
There are changes on the outside, changes on the inside, extra standard safety features, and more standard features overall.
So is this the best CR-V ever, and is it the best compact SUV on the market today. Starting with the outside, the 2020 Honda CR-V received a refresh to make it more aggressive and in line with the competition.
The grille on a CR-V has been changed and blackened out versus last year’s model, and the lower bumper is entirely different.
The silver trim piece wraps around some black cladding and grills on a lower bumper to make it look more like an angry mouth.
In our opinion, the Touring receives LED headlights with auto on/off, and most trims besides the base LX received new LED fog lights.
The CR-V side stays the same, but for the 2020 model year, the Touring trim now gets standard 19-inch alloy wheels, which look like they’re a perfect fit.
The LX gets 17-inch wheels while the EX and EXL get 18-inch wheels. You can see sculpted body lines on the CR-V with wheel haunches sticking out.
On top, you have aluminum roof rails, and toward the bottom, you have a shadow chrome trim that stretches from the rear to the front bumper.
The back of the CR-V has been refreshed with smoked LED taillights and a revised lower bumper.
There is still a roofline spoiler on top, followed by large privacy glass.
The lower bumper has a lot of black cladding with the silver trim piece that mimics the front bumper touring is the only trim with dual chrome exhaust finishers.
The XL and the touring have a power tailgate. But only the touring is equipped with the hands-free feature which works every time.
The tailgate also does a good job, retracing if it detects something underneath. The trunk is massive in a CR-V, and on both sides, you have an elastic band to hold things in.
The bottom cover has two settings. The default one is a little bit lower, and underneath, it stores the spare tire.
However, you can remove the lid and put it in a higher context, which is about three inches taller. This makes the cover flush to the rear and makes the holes on both sides deeper.
Finally, on top, you have a privacy cover to hide your things.
Engine and Transmission
As for the engine and transmission, the CR-V has a 190 horsepower engine turbo four-cylinder that is pushing 179 lb-ft of torque, this used to be reserved only on the higher trench, but it’s not 2020.
This engine is now standard on all trims; the engine is paired to a CVT transmission. The door opening is massive as they’ve opened a full 90 degrees inside.
You’re greeted to a lot of black leather on this touring trim and some wood trim on the door panels. The second-row seat bags can fold flat by pulling on.
The lover’s rear passenger gets a pair of vents and a pair of USB ports. There are two sets of car seat latches and one spare one in the middle with the 2020 Honda CR-V.
2020 Honda CR-V Trim Levels
There are four trim levels. The base is the LX; it starts at ad over $25,000, and then you have the EX, the XL, and finally the Touring, and that’s what I’m reviewing today.
The touring starts at around 33,250 dollars, now all trim levels get the same, Honda sensing safety suite and the same turbocharged 190 horsepower engine.
Now you have blind spot information with cross-traffic alert at it on dual-zone automatic climate controller moving up to the EX.
Those of you guys are looking for apple car play and android auto. Unfortunately, they’re not available to LX. You do have to upgrade to the EX to get them.
Now moving up to EXL, you get a leather-trimmed interior, power tailgate, and power-adjustable seating filing.
With the touring, you get even more with hands-free power tailgate wireless phone charger, bigger 19-inch wheels, heated steering, and a few other things.
Interior and Features of Honda CR-V 2020
The brand new 2020 CR-V steering wheel didn’t change, and this is shared across Honda’s cars and SUVs. We think this is an excellent steering wolf as modern design.
It has the right thickness, and at a 10 and 2 spot as well, the leather is slightly slippery.
The button configuration is very similar and on the controls adaptive cruise control, which is part of Honda sensing (standard on all CR-V trims).
On the touring edition, you have a heated steering wheel. On the side, you have a volume control, phone control, voice control, the info screen inside the gauge cluster.
The gauge cluster also shared looks very familiar. It looks like the one in the Pilot, in the Odyssey, and other Honda cars.
You have a temperature, fuel, speedometer, and the digital tachometer in the middle.
If you press the menu button, you can scroll through your fuel trip computer navigation, all drive, maintenance, music phone, and changing your display to km/h, so this is pretty standard.
You’ll find this in many cars, but everything is nice and big and no complaints.
You have some controls h Power tailgate traction control, pre-collision, and the lane-keep assist system on to the left side.
You have some standard memory seats and then controls for your window and mirrors.
The windows auto up and down only for the driver and passenger. On to the center, the infotainment screen didn’t change. It is shared across other cars such as the Honda Civic.
It’s a touchscreen interface, and it’s a slight lag. But overall, it works, and it’s easy to understand.
On the side, you do have the whole MapsAudio falling back.
Then you see those in the middle and some other things such as smartphone connection app lists, honda link, now app lists you can get, apple car play, those are standard, this is a touring edition, so it does have navigation.
But even if you didn’t get it, you don’t have navigation. You can use navigation from your phone. So that’s good, and also, you do have a volume knob, so no worries about that.
Now in terms of climate control, it’s mixed. When you press the climate button, it brings up somethings such as the mode, your fan control, and AC on or off.
But you have fan control as well, so climate control is mixed between touch and physical buttons.
You also have knobs, Auto-sync, and it’s dual-zone soo you can go up or down like heated mirrors as well as some defrosted options recirculating.
If you want things on/off, you go heated seats, three stages for both the driver and passenger. Those are standard on this touring, as well as the heated steering wheel we told you.
You do have an electronic brake and brake hold, and this is new and standard across all the trims, engine auto start/stop, which will save some gas when you come to a halt traditionally.
We are not a fan of that, but this is now standard along with economy mode and a classic shifter we in love with because Honda is kind of went the route of push-button shifting.
It takes getting used to in the CR-V that didn’t change.
Unfortunately, though we’ve been visiting blogs about the hybrid version that will come out next year, it looks like Honda caved in and put the push-buttons.
But we like this, and you don’t have to relearn it. The only thing different is an S, which is Sport Mode. Typically sport modes it’s like a bundle. You press it, and you do have to shift to it.
The center console, this is where Honda made some dramatic and genius changes. First of all, USB ports moved. They used to be inside armrests.
But now the position is along with wireless charging (standard on touring as well). So you could turn it on and off and place your phone, charge whatever you want.
You got cup holders and then let us tell you the armrest, so flip open, and you have like dual shelves right now.
The shelf also slides back; if you wanted more space and a 12 V outlet, that is fine. But if you want even more space, you don’t want that shelf at all.
It just folds up, and Honda is like a master at the center console and configurations and stuff like that in the Civic. The way they did, it was just genius.
We think this is a genius too, so kudos Honda is brand-new, and it only works well. Now in terms of seats like the rear their leather seats, they have a good design.
It looks like it’s well-bolstered. The layout, the door design, and the dash are staying the same. You have some excellent contrast as you can see the handles, and the surrounds are aluminum.
You have some fake wood trim along with a black, so you do have some contrast.
But this pretty much stays the same dashboard and leading into the infotainment screen and this whole set up, also the gauge cluster and the steering wheel.
We still think this looks pretty good, still looks modern and sleek. It doesn’t look very outdated, pretty standard. You have some controls for the lights home link and power for the sunroof, a normal one.
The 2020 Honda CR-V is a quiet and smooth ride.
The engine at idle from the outside is a little bit noisy, but it’s smooth on the inside.
Once you start moving, you can’t hear the engine, don’t hear any wind noise at all and road noise none. It’s just super quiet, very comfortable, the seats are fantastic.
The suspension is doing its thing right. So overall, this is still very impressive.
Now, in terms of driving position and seating position, you do sit slightly lower; this is on the smaller side.
It’s not as high as a midsize SUV, but for a lot of you guys, you’ll appreciate that very easy to get in.
The lift and height in the baggage are shallow. So it’s effortless to haul in and put important things in like luggage.
Now in terms of safety features, for those of you guys that aren’t familiar with Honda, their safety suite is called Honda Sensing, which they’re trying to roll out to every model on every trim.
Now the CR-V is standard across every trim level. We don’t know how to did it. They’re magicians or wizards figured out how to utilize every single inch of the interior, and you get so much space.
We tell you guys an enormous amount of space. If you are not a short guy, like five feet ten, you still get a good six to eight inches of legroom left compact SUV in the same with headroom.
It’s extensive, very spacious, you don’t feel cramped at all, plenty of headroom shoulder room, no problem, it is just very spacious.
Honda CR-V 2020 Engine
The turbocharged engine, 190 horsepower, is mated to a CVT transmission that’s simulating shifts. So that a little bit slowed down.
So when you go to sport mode, we don’t think that made such a difference.
Honestly, a CR-V in terms of power, we are sure if you guys are trying to get up to speed get on the highway, don’t get this job done.
But it’s a little bit on the slower side, in our opinion. You know, we mentioned how the engine idles a little bit noisy.
But when we were cruising at low speeds, we didn’t hear, but when you’re just going and doing stop, you’re just trying to celebrate, the engine is loud.
You can listen to the engine, and that unfortunate because everything else is still quiet.
When you reach about 35-40 mph, still no one noise, no road noise, but when you accelerate, you could hear the engine, and it’s not a pleasant sound either.
There’s no exhaust noise whatsoever, you know; one thing that we think other manufacturers have done a better job at is coming outwith sport variants of their compact SUVs to add a bit more color.
More playfulness to their SUVs where Honda has kept it the same, and it’s the same with all Honda cars.
But with the CR-V, we wish that there was optional, let’s say these would trends be replaced with carbon fiber or maybe a different color.
Or just aluminum, something a little bit different and overall maybe has some red stitching or other color leather. That’s where you know like Toyota Subaru really kind of embraced that.
We think many people love that because like, for example, to force their sport which we love. It has a lot of orange and black inside, and it’s just elegantly.
It just looks good, the same thing Toyota would have done with the adventure and the TRD off-road trims of the RAV4
Also, you don’t get that with the CR-V, so we wish Honda does that, to come out with some trim or just even options, to make a little bit more lively playful.
For the younger crowd, the seats are pretty comfortable. The bolstering is just the perfect size, and they’re holding you in.
So you’re not sliding around. In terms of brakes, they’re a little bit stiff, which is a little bit weird because usually, Honda is kind of like right in-between, right in the middle, it’s a narrow field.
But this one is a little bit stiff, meaning that you need to press down harder to make the CR-V come to a stop.
That’s a surprise now on the open road, and we think the suspension is still pretty good, although a little bit bumpy.
So when you are going low speeds, it felt perfect.
At higher speeds, it’s not bad. The last thing we didn’t tell you is the rear camera. If you go into reverse, you can see what’s behind you, obviously with gridlines, but you could change the view.
So this is a broader view, but you could break it still, it’s like a less full view, more of a linear perspective, and then this also looks straight down.
Honda CR-V 2020 Pros and Cons
Let’s look at the good and bad of this brand-new CR-V. Start with the good; the exterior refresh is great-looking.
There is an enormous amount of space on the inside. Honda Sensing is now standard and more standard features across all trims.
The CR-V provides a comfortable ride, and finally, that redesign center console is a lot more useful. As for the bad are, the engine is a little bit loud, and the acceleration is just average.
There is something in the steering wheel, the brakes are stiff, and finally, no sport or off-road variant trims available. Overall I’m giving the brand-new 2020 Honda CR-V reviews a high score!