If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2020 Honda CR-V will receive a facelift next year. The current, fifth generation of this compact crossover is on the market for about two years. The initial 2016-year model came in November 2016, so the 2020-year model will represent the fourth production year of the current generation. Considering that previous CR-V versions were characterized by relatively short production cycles, this seems like a perfect time to see a major update.
The CR-V is closely related to the Civic, and considering that the famous hatchback/sedan is about to get an update next year, according to rumors, the 2020 CR-V has the same destiny. At the moment, we are still waiting to hear something from the official, so take the upcoming info with a dose of a reserve.
2020 Honda CR-V Changes
The list of possible changes is pretty long. Many things come to our mind at the moment. The current model is definitely among class leaders, but definitely features some design characteristics that should be changed at once. On one side, this is a highly practical crossover, which offers lots of quality. However, its weak point is styling. The current CR-V isn’t among the prettiest models in class and that is definitely an aspect on which the company should work on. Still, keep in mind CR-V’s usual production cycle, which indicates a complete redesign would come only a few years after this update. Therefore, we shouldn’t see some major changes in terms of style.
Without any doubt, the front end will be on the focus. Still, we don’t expect to see some significant changes like new headlights shapes or something like that. Most likely, we will see some tweaks to the front fascia, as well as some minimal reshaping of the front bumper. The rear end probably won’t suffer, while things like new color options and wheels designs seem natural.
2020 Honda CR-V Interior
This is the aspect where we definitely don’t expect to see bigger changes. The current model already features amazing interior quality, with strong points in many aspects. The first thing that comes to our minds is the quality of interior materials, which is at a higher level compared to other models in class. Even the aesthetics are pretty amazing, at a much higher level compared to exterior styling. It is important to mention that this crossover made crash test results that are absolutely amazing for such a small vehicle. Finally, you can count on lots of cargo space.
Both rows are spacious enough to accommodate tallest adults, while the cargo area seems even better. You can count on 39.2 cubic feet behind rear seats and almost 76 cubic feet of overall cargo space. These numbers make the CR-V not just a class leader, but even comparable with bigger, mid-size SUVs.
The trim level organization will remain the same in the 2020 Honda CR-V. There will be four versions of the crossover – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Of course, each one should get a few more standard features compared to the 2019-year model.
2020 Honda CR-V Engine
At the moment, there are two engines available for this crossover and these units should carry on in the future. Base models feature a familiar 2.4-liter engine which is good for about 184 horsepower. Also, there is an optional 1.5-liter turbo inline-four that debuted in the new Civic. This one delivers around 190 horses. Both engines come with a CVT and in both cases, you can count on excellent fuel economy. The base naturally-aspirated engine returns around 26 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. An optional turbo inline-four is even better and guarantees 2 mpg more both in the city and on the highway.
Also, you can find a diesel version on some markets. It is a familiar 1.6-liter unit, which is good for about 160 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This one comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Several reports suggest an addition of a hybrid version for this refresh. If this happens, we expect to see 2020 Honda CR-V available with the same system that powers the Accord Hybrid, which delivers around 212 horsepower and promises spectacular mpg ratings.
2020 Honda CR-V Safety
Safety is another strong point of this crossover. We have already mentioned excellent crash tests results. There is also a whole bunch of safety systems in the offer. However, most of them are reserved for higher trims. The only standard feature in the base model is a rearview camera. The 2020 Honda CR-V should expand this with things like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors etc. On the other side, Honda Sensis will probably remain optional. This suite includes systems like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
2020 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price
The 2020 Honda CR-V will probably come earlier than usual, in the third quarter of next year, most likely. On the other side, we don’t expect to see bigger changes in price. The new model should stick to the current price range, which goes between 24.000 and 34.000 dollars, roughly.