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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.