This CR-V is going to be great! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 27, 2020 2020 Honda CR-V The Non-Hybrid Honda CR-V in Aegean Blue - (cool looking slate grey) is what is in the drive this week. Following on to the late October release of Honda's 2020 CR-V Goes Hybrid!, Honda's latest Hybrid will arrive using the Accord Hybrids two-motor hybrid technology under the hood but follows the RAV4 Hybrids footsteps with standard Real Time AWD. Like all Honda’s, the CR-V Hybrid includes the full 360-degree Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist technologies, automatic climate control, and automatic high beams. The CR-V Hybrid also includes LED headlamps, Smart Entry and Pushbutton Start, and a cargo cover, standard. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid includes unique front and rear styling cues that include Hybrid badging on the grille, front fenders, and tailgate; hybrid-exclusive 5-lamp LED fog lamps; and a unique rear bumper design. Like the rest of the 2020 CR-V lineup, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid benefits from new headlight designs, new alloy wheel designs for EX and EX-L trims, and new 19” wheels on Touring trims. 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Inside, the CR-V Hybrid offers the same modern cabin as the non-hybrid, including its full-flat folding and 60/40-split second-row seat. Unique to CR-V Hybrid vs its non-hybrid counterpart are three buttons to the right of the push-button gear selector that let the driver select between Sport, EV and ECON. CR-V Hybrid’s digital gauge cluster also includes a digital power-flow meter. 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Pricing & EPA Trim -- MSRP Including $1,120 D&H -- EPA Mileage Rating (City/Hwy/Combined) LX: $28,870 -- 40/35/38 EX: $31,380 -- 40/35/38 EX-L: $33,870 -- 40/35/38 Touring: $37,070 -- 40/35/38 2020 Honda CR-V Non-Hybrid Pricing & EPA Trim -- MSRP Including $1,120 D&H -- EPA Mileage Rating (City/Hwy/Combined) LX (AWD) -- $27,645 -- 27/32/29 EX (AWD) -- $30,155 -- 27/32/29 EX-L (AWD) -- $32,645 -- 27/32/29 Touring (AWD) -- $35,845 -- 27/32/29 Comparing to the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs the less powerful (190 hp) AWD Honda CR-V with the 1.5L and CVT shows the hybrid upcharge is just $1,225 from the LX through Touring Trims. Considering the EPA combined of 38 vs 29 mpg, at $2.50 per gallon, it only takes 60,050 miles to pay for the hybrid upcharge with gasoline averaging $2.50 per gallon! Why would you not consider the much more efficient and powerful Hybrid instead? 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Interior 2020 Honda CR-V AWD Drivetrain The two-motor hybrid system under the hood of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid is similar to the one used in the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid that we were in just two weeks ago with additional advancements to the hybrid battery’s operating range, enabling more time in EV mode than previous Honda hybrids. Operating without the need for a conventional AT, the two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain combines the 40+ percent thermodynamically Atkinsonized 2.0L I4 with a system output that matches the Accord Hybrid we were in two weeks ago at 212 hp. The two-motor hybrid system does not use magnets with heavy rare-earth metals, reducing magnet cost and weight. Like the AWD system used in the non-hybrid, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid’s Real Time AWD uses special software to determine traction conditions and when torque is best sent to the rear wheels in low traction conditions, when AWD is most useful. When the system isn’t needed, an electronically controlled clutch deactivates power delivery to the rear wheels to improve fuel efficiency. 2020 Honda CR-V Safety The CR-V Hybrid includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) standard. Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlamps. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid also incorporates the latest generation of Honda’s ACE body structure. The new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid for the U.S. market is being built at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. This is Honda's third U.S.-made hybrid which encompass the Insight, also made in Indiana, and Accord, from the Marysville, OH Auto Plant. Honda's Ohio transmission plant will supply the two-motor unit for the CR-V Hybrid and the Anna Engine Plant will make its 2.0L engine. 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Cargo Volume It is big back there! 2020 Honda CR-V Early Conclusions Having placed almost 100-miles on the 27/32/29 mpg rated 2020 Honda CR-V Touring trim this week so far, if the 40/35/38 rated CR-V Hybrid is that much more efficient, look out as the 41/38/40 mpg rated RAV4 Hybrid finally has a true competitor in the CUV wars. 2020 Honda CR-V (non-Hybrid) First Drive Results Although the CR-V is going to provide lower efficiency on average than the RAV4 hybrid, the infotainment is better, the cabin layout is better and larger, and all but the RCC is better too. Marian will spend a few hours behind the wheel of this one before she moves to her next vehicle as her options just increased by one. The All-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV are just around the corner too.