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2020 Honda CR-V review – Honda CR-V prices

2020 Honda CR-V

Spending a great amount of money on a new vehicle, whether the Honda CR-V is your right choice. This article is for you, all about the superb crossover 2020 Honda CRV.

Honda CR-V prices

The latest prices of Honda CR-V:


Honda CRV 2020 has 4 various trims including LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Then specifically, how much is a Honda CR-V, so people are able to choose the best suited model for them. The started price is $25.050, an affordable price for people who ask for a durable car but still high economy.

Honda CR-V overview

Among the well-known vehicle brands, Honda still shows off their domination and the outstanding performance during a long time. On 2020, they keep introducing one of the best crossovers, the 2020 Honda CR-V.

Honda CRV has 5 generations since 1996 until nowHonda CRV has 5 generations since 1996 until now

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV debuted in the North American market in the latest 1990 and immediately attracted people’s attention with a revolution on design style, which is sporty and practical. Thanks to these factors, it was considered as one of the most successful models in this market. As a result of unique upgrades, it won as Best Compact SV for the 2020 Money award.

CRV has 5 generations since 1996 until now. Over many generations, Honda CRV still maintains its strengths with its compact and safe operation, strong neutral design, spacious space, fuel economy, and low car rearing costs. It must be said that this is a model of convenience and high economy.

The 3rd generation (2006 – 2011): On this generation, Honda focused on improving not only the outlook, but also the engine and additional features. In particular, the engine is upgraded to 2.4 liter 4 engine. Another changes including a new rear bumper, a lower front grille as well as stretched out the wheel size, 17-inch alloy wheels for EX and EX-L trim levels.

The 4th generation (2011 – 2016): For the fourth generation, making an official debut in the late of September 2011 in the US, Honda offers multiple options and keep upgrading on the platform. It is featured by a 2.4-liter I-VTEC inline-four engine. Furthermore, the automatic control system is added. Next, there are several improvements on the facelift, the transmission with the purpose of improving the crash performance when on the road.

Honda CRV still maintains its strong neutral designHonda CRV still maintains its strong neutral design

But nowadays when users are asking for more convenience, not only focusing on quality but also getting higher and higher about innovation in design as well as comfort in experience. Thanks to the Money award, sales of Honda CRV has grown significantly, reached at over 22 million units in the US market. Through the users’ experiences, you can find out the pros as well as the cons of this crossover. It might be helpful when deciding whether you should own it or choose another one.

Pros of the Honda CR-V

Each of car, no matter it has a strong engine or being manufactured by famous brands also have both pros and cons. In particular, this article looks at the highlight pros and cons of Honda CR-V.

  • Honda CRV has elegant, durable design.

The design, durability is the basis on Honda’s reputation. The fantastic return with Honda CR-V once again satisfy even fastidious customers with elegant combine with durable design.

  • Honda CRV equipped spacious interior and the most comfortable segment. Cargo space is also improved. Easy Entry into and the Exiting from the Cabin, thanks to large cabin space, giving drivers a feel of convenience.

The Honda CR-V is good at capturing customer psychology. You want a wider space for Cargo to stretch-out easier, then an upgrade is made on the Cargo space to provide not only the convenience but also comfortable. In addition, Easy Entry into and the Exiting feature is equipped to help taller users can avoid of getting head bump and easily get in or out.

  • Some improvements are made on Honda CRV 2020 by equipping a Spunky Turbocharged Engine.

Worried about the engine of Honda CRV? Just forget it, as on the newest version Honda CRV brings to you a superb option, the Spunky Turbocharged engine, offering a powerful and durable performance as well as the operation.

  • Honda CRV provides drivers excellent visibility; it leads to reduce significantly accidents on the road.

The noticeable change is Honda tries to reduce significantly the possibility of accidents occur on the road by widen the visibility then the drivers are able to observe around better.

Cons of the Honda CR-V

However, there are some undeniable cons of this model:

  • Honda CRV’s touchscreen Infotainment System is finicky.

Some users feel annoyed as the Honda CRV’s touchscreen Infotainment System is finicky and a little hard to control.

  • An unreliable Navigation System that could lead to some troubles for drivers once they get lost.

Beside the issue of the touchscreen, the Navigation System is unreliable. This could lead to get lost for drivers.

  • Another con is the suspension is quite hard in older generations, according to some users who had chance to experience Honda CRV.

Other users also ask Honda to upgrade the suspension. Using the old suspension may effect on the operation of the car for a long time.

  • The soundproof system sometimes cannot prevent noise from the outside, which may lead to lose concentration on the road.

It is true that you can hardly focus on driving when surrounding environment is too noisy. For experience the soundproof system sometimes is helpless in preventing noise from the outside.

Honda CR-V problems

If you are planning to buy a Honda CR-V, except for the price, specifications, detailed reviews, errors are the most important thing that everyone wants to know. Here, we will share some common errors in Honda CR-V and tips to address them that certain buyers need to know in advance. First of all, CR-V’s 1.5 Turbo engine problems.

Honda CRV- gas in oil and bad smelt on the oil

Some users found out that the 1.5L engine occurred gas leak in oil, in particular it leaked into the lubrication system in the engine compartment. As a result, for a long time it will reduce engine lubrication efficiency. The way is used to fix the problem about the stink smelt is check if any parts of the engine is failed, and Honda also recommend you ask for maintenance if your car is until under warranty to have free oil replacement and check the engine carefully by the mechanics.

Honda CRV acceleration problems and oil leak

Beside engines problem, another issue is difficult to accelerate. Resolving this issue should be considered as the top priority unless you do not abandon it. As it could also lead to stalling or loss of power during short trips or low-speed driving, such as in heavy traffic, especially in cold weather. First thing you need to do is find where and how the oil leaks. Next, if oil leaks on the engine, you should replace the damaged oil filters and the fluids to ensure that this issue can be completely addressed.

Honda CRV weak brakes

The most serious problem is when it comes to the breaks, it is weaker in this department than some of the other vehicles on the market. As a consequence of this issue, many people have the right to review their decision on investing in CRV. On several forums, users complained and had a comparison with other vehicles in the same price segment. The weak brakes problem means you need to put more power to step on the brake pedal, by the time the brakes are easily corroded and you have to pay the cost for replacing a new one.


Many people say that Asia car industry, especially Japan always have a new breakthrough in design, this is great advantage in the race to win consumers’ hearts, in comparison with the Europe. For example, users can list a long list including Mitsubishi with sharp and quirky style, Toyota RAV4 the best midsize SUV. Catching and keeping this trend, a new style of design, but still holds the luxury is being used for CRV. First, we will review the exterior style and its features.

2020 Honda CR-V exterior

Honda CR-V design

Entering the 5th generation, Honda CR-V has a comprehensive “makeover” from exterior, interior to engine. The design of the new generation Honda CR-V is more muscular and sportier, taking more influence from the design language of the Honda Civic. In comparison with other models, Honda determine to bring a new and fresh platform for CRV, eye-catching and unique.

However, the biggest “revolution” of Honda CR-V probably comes from the engine. Honda CRV engine is equipped with 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine which offers powerful specs. This engine type allows drivers who love dialing up the performance to experience when driving.

The new engine is a great step in the Honda CRV revolutionaryThe new engine is a great step in the Honda CRV revolutionary

  • The front of the car

The noticeable change by using Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-Off, LED Fog Lights in order to find the way through the weather and widen visibility. Furthermore, a gloss- black- grille and gloss-black side lower trim that show off aggressive style, which Honda desires at the beginning, sporty but still attractive style.

In the bad weather Honda CRV still be able to overcome with LED fog lightsIn the bad weather Honda CRV still be able to overcome with LED fog lights

  • The body of the car

What’s new for 2020 Honda CRV is 19-in alloy wheels, through that contribute to create the unique image for CRV as well as SUV.

Newly 19-inch alloy wheels are appeared on Honda CRVNewly 19-inch alloy wheels are appeared on Honda CRV

We can also see that a new highlight change is blackout grille, showing off the level and modern style of Honda CRV. EX and EX-L trims get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while the Touring trim’s new, larger 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch) raise the bar on the Touring’s stance and upscale demeanor.

  • The rear of the car

Chrome is the main material to produce the exhaust finisher. In addition, Honda also focuses on installing Power Side Mirrors as well as One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature.Not aluminum, chrome is selected to produce the exhaust finisher.

Honda CR-V exterior dimensions

Just do a quick comparison on the wheel size of four trims, about 104.8/104.7 (2WD/AWD), over 180 in is the length of CRV while the width reaching at 73.0 in, not too small for a crossover.

Honda CRV Wheelbase (2WD/AWD)104.8/104.7104.8/104.7104.8/104.7104.8 / 104.7
Length182.1 in182.1 in182.1 in182.1 in
Height (2WD/AWD)66.1/66.5 in66.1/66.5 in66.1/66.5 in66.1/66.5 in
Width73.0 in73.0 in73.0 in73.0 in
Track (front/rear) (2WD)63.0/63.7 in63.0/63.7 in63.0/63.7 in63.0/63.7 in
Track (front/rear) (AWD)62.9/63.5 in62.9/63.5 in62.9/63.5 in62.9/63.5 in
Ground Clearance7.8/8.2 in7.8/8.2 in7.8/8.2 in7.8/8.2 in
Approach/Departure Angles18.1/25.318.1/25.318.1/25.318.1/25.3
Approach/Departure Angles (AWD)18.9/2618.9/2618.9/2618.9/26
Curb Weight (2WD/AWD)3337 lbs./3455 lbs.3398 lbs./3514 lbs.3413 lbs./3529 lbs.3452 lbs./3569 lbs.
Weight Distribution (front/rear, 2WD)59%/41%59%/41%59%/41%58%/42%
Weight Distribution (front/rear, AWD)58/42%58/42%58/42%57%/43%
Towing Capacity1500 lbs.1500 lbs.1500 lbs.1500 lbs.

Honda CRV colors

On the fifth generation, there is a wide variety of exterior colors that customers can choose. Remember that some colors are just available on certain trims.

  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic

Honda CR-V exterior features

The above parts mentioned about design style, available colors and the dimensions. On the following table, we suggest some highlights exterior features so that you can decide whether you should own a Honda CRV. Let’s take a look.

The first one is the Hands- Free access on Touring model is really helpful as you just need to move your leg to under the gate, then it will automatically sense. Next, while moonroof is unavailable for LX trim, the EX, EX-L and Touring are added and combined with Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor.

More than you think, once you fold down the rear seatbacks, the space is stretched-out and enough space for users, this equipment is applied on all four trims.

Honda Sensing®
Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies
Power TailgateXHands Free access
Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI) with Cross Traffic MonitorXXX
Easy Fold Down 60/40 Split Rear SeatbackXXXX
LED Headlights with Auto-On/OffX
Horsepower (SAE net)190190190190
MPG Ratings 2WD (city/highway/combined)28/34/3028/34/3028/34/3028/34/30
MPG Ratings AWD (city/highway/combined)27/32/2927/32/2927/32/2927/32/29

Honda CRV interior

Seating and Cargo space

How many seats does a Honda CR-V have?

The CR-V seats capacity is up to 5 people with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats are available. Additionally, the rear seat folds 60/40 to grow the cargo area from 39.2 cubic feet to a hefty 75.8 cubic feet, although the Touring has a subwoofer that takes some space. The interior’s material is eco-friendly and modern.

There is enough space for 5 people on Honda CR-VThere is enough space for 5 people on Honda CRV

Audio and Connectivity

The CR-V equips with a 5-inch infotainment display, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. Most rivals offer more standard tech like touch screen and smartphone integration, whereas the Honda only includes those items in upper trims.

Honda just adds touchscreen on high class trimsHonda just adds touchscreen on high class trims

These include infotainment upgrades like a 7-inch touch screen, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, more USB ports, and a stereo with six, eight, or nine speakers. In addition, in order to offer feels of comfortable and satisfaction for drivers, a high-tech dual-zone automatic climate control is added with the optional version. However, the problem for the touchscreen is easily pended suddenly and some buttons are too small to click on.

Heat Steering Wheel17 in Alloy18 in Alloy18 in Alloy19 in Alloy
Heated Front SeatsHeated FrontHeated FrontLeather Trimmed
Automatic Climate ControlXXXX
Infotainment Touchscreen7-inch touchscreen7-inch touchscreen7-inch touchscreen7-inch touchscreen
Wireless phone chargerXXXX
USB charging portsXXXX
Hands-Free access Power TailgateXXXX

2020 Honda CR-V specifications

On 2020 CRV, a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4 cylinder is available and it may perform to 190 horsepower- 179 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine also helps it accelerate swiftly. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is still unavailable, which effect on the concentration of drivers as it cannot prevent noise from the outside. Impressive engine, fantastic features and the ration, all of these factors contribute on a powerful performance, easily give a satisfaction for speed enthusiast.

A turbo charged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a powerful performanceA turbo charged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a powerful performance

Engine TypeIn line 4 Cylinder with TurbochargerIn line 4 Cylinder with TurbochargerIn line 4 Cylinder with TurbochargerIn line 4 Cylinder with Turbocharger
Boost Pressure18.5 psi18.5 psi18.5 psi18.5 psi
Displacement1498 cc1498 cc1498 cc1498 cc
Horsepower (SAE net)190190190190
Torque (SAE net)179179179179
Bore and Stroke73/89.573/89.573/89.573/89.5
Compression Ratio10.3:110.3:110.3:110.3:1
Valve Train16 Valve DOHC16 Valve DOHC16 Valve DOHC16 Valve DOHC
Fuel InjectionDirectDirectDirectDirect
Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake HoldXXXX
Eco Assist SystemXXXX
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)XXXX
Hill Start AssistXXXX
Direct Ignition System with ImmobilizerXXXX
Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control SystemAvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
Remote Engine StartXXX

2020 Honda CR-V safety features

In order to ensure safety for users, manufacturers have made some improvements and add the latest safety features, which consist of front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger to protect the head during a frontal crash.

More important, the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as well as the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) are equipped to help users to have a wide and clear vision, and also prevent the wheel’s form locking, therefore you can avoid of skidding.

*Active Safety

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction ControlXXXX
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)XXXX
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)XXXX
Brake AssistXXXX
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)XXXX
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)XXXX
Multi-Angle Rearview Camerawith Guidelineswith Dynamic Guidelineswith Dynamic Guidelineswith Dynamic Guidelines
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (Honda Sensing® feature)XXXX
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (Honda Sensing® feature)XXXX
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)  (Honda Sensing feature)XXXX
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (Honda Sensing® feature)XXXX

*Passive Safety

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body StructureXXXX
Advanced Front Airbags (I-SRS)XXXX
Smart Vent® Front Side AirbagsXXXX
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover SensorXXXX
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating PositionsXXXX
Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning SystemXXXX
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)XXXX
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt ReminderXXXX
Child-Proof Rear Door LocksXXXX

While with Passive Safety features, you can see that the 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions and Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder are featured. How to use it and what is the purpose of adding these features. It is not redundancy, as once you are in an accident the seatbelt at least can keep and place your body on the most suitable and safe position. One more, the reminder system will alert whenever you are on the car.

Honda CR-V operations

Same with Toyota, Honda always improving the engine type, the chassis and other parts to ensure the best operation for vehicle. How to even when drive at high speed, the oil consumption is still acceptable. Here the Honda’s answer:

Honda adds several improvements on this SUV, monitoring the drive to the wheels helps stabilize cornering at low and high speeds. Furthermore, talk about a phenomenal positive for this vehicle. As mentioned above, Honda CRV is a model of high fuel economy.

The oil consumption is still acceptable when driving at high speedThe oil consumption is still acceptable when driving at high speed

Compare between Honda CR-V versions

Honda CR-V has 4 trims, including:

·         LX

·         EX

·         EX-L

·         TouringOn

The below table we have listed some details about all four trims so can make a comparison between them. For example, the LX trim wheel size is just 17 in alloy wheel while for the Touring trim, Honda has made a noticeable improvement that stretched-out the size up to 19 in. In addition, the sound system on each trim is also different. The Touring is equipped total 9 speakers, then offer consumers lively sound and relax on their own car.

LED positioning lightXXXX
Rearview mirrorWith GuidelinesDynamic GuidelinesDynamic GuidelinesDynamic Guidelines
SeatHeated FrontHeated FrontLeather Trimmed
Air conditioningXXXX
Wheel17 in Alloy18 in Alloy18 in Alloy19 in Alloy
Engines and specs
Fuel Economy
Safety Features
Smart key / Push button startXXXX
Remote door lockXXX

Honda CRV competitors

When the quality of life is improved and people want to enjoy more, they desire to own a durable and modern car which have an acceptable price. With all the improvement on this redesigned version, whether Honda CRV is able to compete or even surpass their rivals?

Toyota RAV4 car prices again “softer”. A lot of people when planning to buy a fewer than 1 billion crossover vehicle are wondering whether to buy a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CRV.

One of main rivals of Honda CR-V, 2020 Toyota RAV4One of main rivals of Honda CR-V, 2020 Toyota RAV4

Not only Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V now also have to compete with many “young rivals” such as 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Chevrolet Equinox LS FWD, 2020 Ford Escape S FWD… For example, regardless of higher price, 2020 Chevrolet Equinox LS’s users agree that it’s Torque @ rpm outstanding Honda CRV. Before new, beautiful options, “Rich” in comfort, attractive in price, then whether the high value of quality, convenience, and economy of Honda CR-V is enough to “win” people’s hearts?

Models/ Features2020 Honda CRV2020 Toyota RAV42020 Chevrolet Equinox LS FWD2020 Ford Escape S FWD2020 Mazda CX-5
Price$25,050$25,950$23,800$ 24,885$26,135
Standard Remote Engine StartStandardOptionalStandardStandardStandard
Walk Away Auto LockStandardStandardStandard
Passenger Space102.998.9103.5104103.6
Cargo Volume39.237.629.939.239
Legroom (Front, in.)41.341.040.942.441
Headroom (Front, in)40.139.5404039.7
Heated Front SeatsStandardOptionalStandardStandardStandard
Automatic Climate ControlAvailableAvailable

Honda CR-V warranty

In order to keep your car is always in a good shape, maintenance should not be forgotten because by the time your car may have some problems and to prevent it is broken down from those errors, maintenance seems the perfect solution. So, in particular how about the cost and what does a CRV warranty include, all of this will be presented on this part.

Maintenance for Honda CRV to ensure it is in good shapeMaintenance for Honda CRV to ensure it is in good shape

The powertrain is your car’s powerhouse. The car’s powertrain system includes the following parts:

  • Honda CRV oil change and engine

Do not wait until using for a truly long time then you think about changing. Changing oil and maintain the engine will be useful to hel p car operate well and avoid some common problems as we mentioned above.

  • Some users are confused about the way to change the transmission and transaxle, as you may know the fluid is responsible for cleaning and lubricating. Over the time, it can be easily or some dust can be stuck on it and you need to ask for mechanic’s help to clean it out.

When you need to change is the fluid starts to have a bad smelt and you can realize this whenever checking the car. What if your warranty is expired? Do not worry, we will give the instruction so you can change it at home by yourself.

First, transmission fluid should be in a suitable temperature. Remember to turn off the ignition in case your car will automatically start. The following step is removing the bolts from the transmission pan and put them on a newspaper, please be careful to avoid of being burnt by the heated engine.

Next, clean and ready to replace a new one. On this step, choose the right fluid for the transmission and then refill, remember to put on these parts on their original place or you have to take this out and start again. Finally, just restart your engine from the beginning as usual.

  • Drivetrain

The drivetrain is one of the most important parts to ensure your car has a smooth operation. Then you need to clean it usually and ask for maintenance if there are any problems.

  • Restraint system

Tire Warranty:

Please notice that tire warranty is separated from a Honda warranty. To change or replace it, contact to the tire manufacturers.

Why Consider an Extended Warranty?

An extended warranty is a smart decision to ensure your car is in good condition. It might help to avoid some fees from Honda through that you also can accumulate a great amount of money.

Honda CR-V consumer’s comments. Should you buy a new 2020 Honda CRV?

On several CR-V forums, consumers and people tend to buy a new vehicle leave their comments and thoughts about not only pros and cons, common Honda CRV problems and how to fix it also are discussed. On the following parts, we’d like to share with you some details about this SUV.

“Great Car, slight improvements needed”

“Very dependable, economical and usable”

“Excellent small SUV, it’s a great choice”

Although maybe somewhere still have users do not recommend Honda CRV however, overall it is still one of the best crossover with impressive design, the modern exterior and interior’s options.

In conclusion, the 2020 Honda CR-V is a strong competitor in its class, continuing the CR-V’s trend of taking the number one spot on “best crossover” lists. It might not the best car, however it also equipped enough positive and modern improvements.

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