The CR-V is a real household name among compact crossovers and Honda wants to keep this state unchanged. Therefore, the latest reports suggest we are about to see a mid-cycle refresh next year. Allegedly, the 2020 Honda CR-V is about to come with a nice portion of changes. The current model represents the fifth generation of this crossover. It has been on the market since 2016. It may sound too early for a mid-cycle refresh to some, but keep in mind that previous generation of this crossover was characterized by a quite short production cycle.

The exact changes are still unknown, but we count on a lot of them. Of course, most changes will be in terms of aesthetics. The current models share a lot of parts with the Civic, which is also about to come refreshed next year. So, we can presume that the company will use the same approach for these two models.

2020 Honda CR-V Design Changes

Like every mid-cycle update, this one is also about to brie amount of changes. At this point, it seems too early to talk about details, but we are pretty sure that the base design will remain unchanged. This crossover is strong in many aspects. It offers excellent built quality, lots of comforts and amazing practicality. However, many complaints go to its aesthetics. Simply, this isn’t the prettiest crossover you can find it this class.

Therefore, it becomes obvious that most of the changes will be in terms of aesthetics. Like every facelift, this one will also put the focus on the front end. This is the area that will suffer most. We count on revisions of the grille, as well as some reshaping of the front bumper, which would bring new fog lights and air intakes. On the other side, headlights will probably remain the same. On the rear end, we could see a couple of interesting changes as well. First of all, we could see modifications on the rear bumper. Also, there is a chance to see few tweaks to the tailgate and taillights, but those modifications definitely won’t be too intense. Finally, count on new color options and new wheels designs.

2020 Honda CR-V Interior and Features

This is probably the strongest point of the current-generation model. It features probably the best cabin in the class, and that is for many reasons. First of all, this cabin features an impressive built quality. Most surfaces are soft on touch, while the whole interior is built to last for ages. Moreover, it also looks pretty stylish and upscale. This especially refers to the dashboard, which offers attractive styling and lots of tech features.

Besides the amazing level of quality, you can count on lots of space. There is plenty of leg and headroom in both rows, while the cargo volume is spectacular. You can count on amazing 39.2 cubic feet behind rear seats and 76 cubic feet of overall cargo space. If you’re not sure what these numbers mean, these are ratings that you can find in many bigger, mid-size crossovers.

Also, the CR-V has managed to mark some pretty impressive crash test results. Besides excellent safety score, there is also a full load of advanced safety systems in the offer. You can get things like a rearview camera, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors etc. The company’s famous Safety Sense suite is also available. It consists of advanced systems like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation etc.

Considering all these qualities, the only thing we could expect to see from the new model is more standard equipment. Still, we are pretty sure that the current trim level organization will remain unchanged. This means four familiar trims in the offer – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Each model should come with a couple of novelties.

2020 Honda CR-V Engine

Things under the hood will probably remain the same. The 2020 Honda CR-V will continue with two familiar gasoline engines in the offer. Base versions will feature a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, which is good for about 185 horsepower. A smaller and way more efficient 1.5-liter unit will be available as well. It delivers around 190 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with a CVT and both guarantee excellent fuel economy. The base engine returns around 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the turbo-four adds 2 mpg both in city and freeway.

Is there a chance to see a hybrid version in the offer?

Several reports suggest of a hybrid powertrain in the next year. It would probably be the same system that powers the Accord, which combines engine with two electric motors, for a total output of 212 horsepower. However, we are still waiting to hear from the officials.

2020 Honda CR-V Release Date and Price

This update should bring the 2020 Honda CR-V a little bit earlier than usual, probably in the third quarter of the year. We don’t expect changes in price, so base models should go around 24.000 dollars.

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