Real life Test Drive: 2007 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Honda CR-V … no contest!

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The refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, an updated take on America’s most popular crossover, begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features, and a new turbocharged powertrain for the popular LX trim, along with standard Honda Sensing® technologies on all grades.

With cumulative U.S. sales now topping the 5-million-unit mark, the 2020 model looks to extend CR-V’s position as the best-selling crossover in America over the past 22 years.

The 2020 CR-V goes on sale with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starting at $25,050 (excluding destination and handling charges) for the front-wheel-drive LX model, an increase of just $600 despite the addition of Honda Sensing and a more powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to the LX trim.

An all-new, even more powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid-electric CR-V will join the lineup early next year.

Real life Test Drive: 2007 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Honda CR-V ... no contest!

All 2020 CR-Vs benefit from new front and rear exterior styling cues, including a redesigned front bumper and grille, and new headlight designs. EX and EX-L trims also get redesigned alloy wheels, while Touring grades get new 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels and tires. The 2020 model also debuts three new exterior colors: Radiant Red Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Aegean Blue Pearl.

Inside, CR-V’s spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned center console with more conveniently located USB ports and more flexible storage space, while the line-topping CR-V Touring adds a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.

Mechanically, the biggest change to the 2020 CR-V is the addition of the 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine for the popular LX trim, which replaces a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. For the LX, this means more power (+6 horsepower), a flatter torque curve (179 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5000 rpm vs. 180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined).

Importantly, the CR-V LX also gets Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, extending these popular features throughout the CR-V lineup.

Real life Test Drive: 2007 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Honda CR-V ... no contest!

2020 CR-V Pricing & EPA Data

Model / Trim / Drivetrain

MSRP

MSRP Including $1,095 Destination Charge

EPA Mileage Rating
(City/Hwy/Combined)

CR-V LX (2WD)

$25,050

$26,145

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V LX (AWD)

$26,550

$27,645

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V EX (2WD)

$27,560

$28,655

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V EX (AWD)

$29,060

$30,155

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V EX-L (2WD)

$30,050

$31,145

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V EX-L (AWD)

$31,550

$32,645

27 / 32 / 29

CR-V Touring (2WD)

$33,250

$34,345

28 / 34 / 30

CR-V Touring (AWD)

$34,750

$35,845

27 / 32 / 29

 

ADVANCED POWERTRAINS

All gasoline-powered 2020 CR-Vs now feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and 179 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), delivering refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range.

Available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive, power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.