Updated 2020 CR-V Hybrid is Honda's First Electrified SUV

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Honda has refreshed the CR-V for 2020 and is the first step in Honda’s plan to electrify its SUV lineup.

With new front and rear-end styling, redesigned wheels, and standard Honda Sensing safety tech, the new CR-V cuts a handsome figure.

The big news, though, is the plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. All tallied, the CR-V hybrid produces 212 hp (the non-hybrid makes 190 hp). Better yet, the hybrid gets 50% better fuel economy in the city than the standard CR-V. Unfortunately, we don’t quite know exactly how many MPG it gets because Honda isn’t releasing that information until early next year.

What we do know is that along with electric-only driving, the CR-V hybrid has 40% thermal efficiency, which is the most of any Honda engine. For context, Formula 1 cars—which are also hybrids—only get up to 50% thermal efficiency.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Non-hybrid buyers, meanwhile, will get a 1.5-liter DOHC VTEC turbo engine making 190 hp.

All CR-Vs can also make use of more safety features. Honda Sensing will be available on all 2020 CR-Vs. That includes Collision Mitigating Braking system, forward collision warning, pedestrian sensing tech, road departure limitation and warnings, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping tech.

The CR-V is only the latest in Honda’s raft of hybrids and is the next step in its plan to electrify all of its core models. All of which is a plan to make two-thirds of its sales hybrid or otherwise electrified by 2030.

“The Honda CR-V is the best-selling CUV over the past two decades and the updates we’ve made to the 2020 model, including a new hybrid-electric variant, solidify its position as a leader in the compact SUV market,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The CR-V Hybrid also signifies our direction to bring Honda hybrid-electric technology to all core models and to invest in the production of electrified vehicles in America.”

Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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