Facebook Logo Facebook Logo 2 Twitter Logo i_gplus i_copyurl i_plus i_minus i_reddit i_envelope search youtube-play feed2 user-tie arrow-right-thick location icon-wagons icon-diesel icon-hatchback icon-hybrid enlarge shrink camera certificate check Arrow Down Icon Cross

2020 Honda CR-V: Stylish, compact and with impressive performance. Photo by Honda

The Honda CR-V Hybrid Is Coming For 2020

The Honda CR-V, one of the most popular and well-known compact crossovers on the market, is getting some big upgrades for the 2020 model year. With plenty of new styling updates and a slew of standard safety features, this CUV is sure to impress, but the biggest news is the addition of a hybrid variant.

Since the CR-V has been the top seller for over 20 years, the addition of a gas-electric hybrid to the lineup should be very exciting for consumers. Currently, just two hybrid CUVs are available: the Toyota RAV4 and the just-introduced 2020 Ford Escape. “The CR-V Hybrid signifies our direction to bring Honda hybrid-electric technology to all core models and to invest in the production of electrified vehicles in America," says Henio Arcangeli, Jr., Senior Vice President of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. That means Honda fans should be prepared: The brand is targeting two-thirds of its global automobile sales to come from electrified vehicles by 2030.


The CR-V Hybrid will share the same powertrain as the Accord Hybrid: two electric motors combined with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson-cycle engine, making 212 horsepower. It will also be the first time this Honda hybrid powertrain includes all-wheel drive.

In addition to special hybrid badging, the new CR-V Hybrid will also feature unique interior touches, such as a new push-button gear selector and instrument panel. The CR-V Hybrid also receives deceleration selector paddles on the steering wheel that can increase the amount of regenerative braking when you're coasting.

Finally, as with all 2020 CR-V’s, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technology will come standard. Features include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning, and a collision mitigation braking system. A new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) is also new for the hybrid model. This system has been designed to alert and make pedestrians aware of the vehicle when it’s operating in electric-only mode. Often times, the quietness of an electric vehicle makes pedestrians unaware of its presence, so the AVAS system generates an audio alert from the front bumper that gets louder as speed rises. The brand says the sound will be nearly inaudible to the driver and should prevent accidents between the vehicle and nearby pedestrians.

Fuel economy numbers are not yet available for the upcoming hybrid, but the brand says it anticipates a 50 percent increase in city fuel economy ratings when compared to the regular gas-powered CR-V. More information will be available closer to its launch date in early 2020.

Latest Articles

About the Honda CR-V

The CR-V competes in a crowded segment also occupied by the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. The Honda's 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder does 190hp while delivering a combined 30 mpg. The Honda offers not only the best ground clearance, but best-in-class cargo space, excellent road manners and great acceleration thanks to a very well-tuned transmission. Pricing is competitive, starting in the mid $30,000s, but Honda's outstanding platform, ergonomics and reputation for stalwart reliability make the CR-V the crossover to buy.

More About this Car

KBB Used Car Values

Arrow Down Please select a type
Please select a year
Please select a make
Please select a model

About Kelley Blue Book If you're searching for used car pricing information, then you'll want to use the most trusted source in the car business: Kelley Blue Book. The Blue Book® is the vehicle information resource used by consumers and the automobile industry to establish price guidelines. Since 1926, new and used car buyers and sellers have relied upon Kelley Blue Book for authoritative and unbiased information to make well-informed car, truck and SUV buying decisions. Kelley Blue Book reports used car values for a variety of buying and selling transactions: trading in your automobile to a dealer, buying a used car from a dealer, buying a used car from a private party and selling your used car to a private party. Blue Book used car values are determined by taking into consideration the equipment and options on the automobile, the vehicle's mileage, the condition of the automobile and the geographic area where the car has been driven.

Kelley Blue Book® and Blue Book® are registered trademarks of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.