Touchscreen can be finicky to use and lacks a separate tuning knob
Turbocharged 1.5-liter engine now standard
Advanced driver safety features standard on every trim level
Revised exterior styling
Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017
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The Honda CR-V is a very appealing small SUV. It has exceptional storage space and functionality, plenty of features, a comfortable ride and enjoyable performance. Even better, all of that comes at a competitive price for the class.
How does the CR-V drive?
The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine provides quick acceleration, whether you've leaving a traffic light or needing a burst of speed for a highway pass. In Edmunds testing, the CR-V sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 7.5 seconds. We also like that the brakes are easy to control when it's time to slow down in a hurry.
The CR-V strikes an admirable balance between handling and ride quality. Midcorner bumps and other road irregularities don't upset it, and you can confidently snake up a curvy road without sickening your passengers. Another contributing factor is the CR-V's steering, which is precise and gives you a decent feel of the road.
How comfortable is the CR-V?
Drivers of all sizes will find comfort in the driver's seat. The back seat is comfortable for long rides too. The CR-V is composed and settled over almost any kind of surface. Impacts occur once, and that's it. There's plenty of tire sidewall to absorb the bumps, resulting in a smooth ride.
At highway speeds, you'll notice some wind and tire noise. But the engine is only noticeable when you step hard on the gas — and it doesn't sound bad either. None of it is loud enough to drown out conversations or force occupants to raise their voices. As for the automatic climate control system, we've found it doesn't always maintain the precise temperature you've set, which can be annoying.
How’s the interior?
The CR-V has wide front and rear door openings that provide plenty of clearance on the way in. Occupants will have little difficulty entering or exiting. Once inside, the driver's seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel offer plenty of adjustability. The CR-V's interior dimensions are generally larger than those of rivals, and rear-seating space is among the biggest you'll find in a small SUV. Four full-size adults will fit with zero problems.
The main downside here is the CR-V's control setup. Using the physical controls is intuitive, but some on-screen buttons are small and difficult to locate and press while driving. The digital temperature and fuel gauges flanking the speedometer can wash out in sunlight too.
How’s the tech?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on all but the LX trim, and Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio are equipped on every Honda CR-V. Higher trims come with more USB ports, including two in the rear. The navigation screen is clear, but some touchscreen menus still feel clunky and the voice controls are somewhat cumbersome.
You do get plenty of safety equipment. Every CR-V comes with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Collision monitoring will sometimes send unnecessary alerts in dense traffic, but otherwise the systems are helpful.
How’s the storage?
One of the CR-V's defining traits is its massive storage space. There's 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats. You can also easily fold them down and increase capacity to 75.8 cubic feet. Small-item storage is also exceptional. The deep center console is configurable with a sliding tray that doubles as a cover for valuables.
For child transportation duty, all of the CR-V's rear seats have easily accessible car seat anchors. The large rear passenger area means car seats fit without the need to move the front seats. Each of the outboard rear seats has a tether anchor on the rear seatback. The center seat's tether anchor is in the roof, which can slightly obstruct rear visibility.
How’s the fuel economy?
The EPA rates the CR-V at 30 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway). But, as with many vehicles with small-displacement turbo engines, the CR-V is fairly sensitive to driving style. Our test vehicle averaged an impressive 35.4 mpg in our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, but longer testing of another CR-V over thousands of miles averaged closer to 28 mpg.
Is the CR-V a good value?
The CR-V does not disappoint when it comes to build quality. Flowing interior panels and trim inserts fit together nicely, as does the leather on the seats and steering wheel in higher trims. Considering all trims now come with the turbocharged engine, the CR-V earns high marks for overall value in our book.
Honda delivers a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty that are typical for the segment. Roadside assistance is available for the duration of the limited warranty.
The turbocharged engine has enough punch to elicit a smile, and it feels stable around twisting mountain roads. The Honda CR-V isn't exactly fun, but it provides a very enjoyable drive. When you slam the gas, there's a faint reminder of the snarl from high-revving engines of Honda past.
The headline news for the 2020 CR-V is the new hybrid model, which is reviewed separately on Edmunds. But for many shoppers, the expansion of standard features on the CR-V's LX trim level will matter more.
Honda has discontinued the LX's former lethargic non-turbocharged engine and equipped it with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that in the past was reserved for the CR-V's more expensive trim levels. The CR-V's suite of safety features is also standard for 2020, meaning even the most affordable CR-V provides adaptive cruise control and the latest crash prevention technology. Sleeker styling and improved interior storage are also part of Honda's 2020 updates.
Sadly, the 2020 CR-V remains stuck with the Honda's older infotainment system, which isn't as easy to use as the newer system in its latest models. But that's pretty much the only negative. While you might find a rival small SUV does one thing better than the CR-V — the Mazda CX-5 is a little sportier, for example — no other small SUV offers a better overall combination of utility, fuel efficiency, comfort and performance.
What's it like to live with the CR-V?
Want to learn even more about what it's like to own a CR-V? Edmunds bought a Honda CR-V EX-L to find out. It proved to be comfortable, roomy and practical, but not without its flaws. It even required a few surprising repairs. You can read our long-term test coverage to find out why this generation of CR-V became our top-rated small SUV. Note that while we tested a 2017 CR-V, the current 2019 model is fundamentally the same.
Which CR-V does Edmunds recommend?
It's great to see the base model get improvements this year. But the EX is still the right choice at the right price. It has the same turbocharged engine plus a lot of extra comfort features. If you can go without the EX-L and its leather seats and upgraded stereo, put the savings toward an EX with all-wheel drive. Or pad that Italian vacation fund.
Honda CR-V models
The 2020 CR-V is offered in four trim levels: the LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. All come with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (190 horsepower, 179 lb-ft of torque) and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. There is also a new CR-V Hybrid for 2020, which is covered separately on Edmunds.
The LX is the entry-level trim and comes standard with features such as a 5-inch central display, automatic climate control, a four-speaker sound system, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver safety aids.
Stepping up to the well-equipped EX gets you a lot of extras. These include a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring, push-button start with keyless entry, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
The EX-L brings luxury into the equation. It has leather upholstery, an eight-speaker audio system and a power liftgate. Touring is the top level and comes with features such as LED headlights, integrated navigation, a premium nine-speaker audio system, and a heated steering wheel.
4/5 stars, 2nd CRV -- good vehicle but not as good as my 2018
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought my first CRV in 2018. It was my favorite vehicle but I always wanted a Tacoma so eventually traded it for a 2020 TRD Off-Road which I disliked after a short period of time and got back into my 2020 CRV.
In short, my 2018 CRV was a better vehicle. The 2020 feels the same as the 2018 -- the inside looks the same, everything seems to operate the same way. The paint isn't as good, there's a blemish on one of the body panels. Also, the infotainment screen occasionally turns pink and the display becomes "pixelated." I took pictures and drove it to the dealer to show them while it was doing it.
I've driven the car about 3,800 miles now and will be taking it in for an oil change; the dealer acknowledged the problem and said the repair likely has to do with ensuring a solid connection between the head unit and the electronic connectors inside the dashboard. I'm dubious but they claim this will fix it.
Also, within about 500 miles of purchasing the car: there was this weird knocking / clunking noise from the front end when I would steer around corners or, especially, go over bumps. Again, I took it back to the dealer and they said they loosened the engine and transmission, lubricated the mounts and "reset" the powertrain on the mounts. It worked and I've driven more than 3,000 miles without any more weird noises.
Overall, it's a good car but not as good as my 2018 was but it's still my second favorite vehicle of anything I've owned -- and only behind my last CRV. If I could do things over again, I would have kept the 2018 because the 2020 isn't much different except for problems I've experienced.
UPDATE, 2/2/21: I have about 7200 miles on my car now, had my first oil change. Dealer had my vehicle for 3 days, eventually said they couldn't fix the infotainment screen, it is my phone, not the car. I got a new phone and it still turns pink. Neither my old phone, the new one or anyone else's phone causes the screen in my other car to turn pink so I call BS and am disappointed.
The AWD has been great in the winter -- just like my 2018. The vehicle is averaging 29.5 mpg with a high of 33.9 and a low of 23.8.
I have considered a Prius to get better mileage but it feels so tiny inside and sits so low to the ground. I also considered a Ridgeline but they seem so thirsty and large. So I guess I'll just keep my CRV with the faulty infotainment screen since it's the perfect do-everything, compromise vehicle -- sits high to avoid curbs and bumps, goes off-pavement well, carries loads of stuff, isn't too thirsty.
Some miscellany: I added LED headlights and LED reverse lights -- both of which make a remarkable difference in terms of visibility and safety. And that clunk in the front end? It's gone and hasn't returned.
5/5 stars, Studied & Compared, Bought 3rd CRV!
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
This is my wife’s 3rd CRV (‘05 EX, ‘12 EX-L Nav, ‘20 Touring). The ‘12 EX-L went to our daughter with only 74,000 miles on it!
Toughest decision for her was color - what poor choices unless you like white, black, silver or a few shades of gray! Why not a sandstone or light green? She picked the Sonic Gray - which is more of a light blue; but had to take a black interior (why not gray?)
Other than that, she LOVES the car. It’s clearly larger than the ‘12 CRV because the same rear seat dog “hammock” doesn’t fit in the ‘20 model.
This car is significantly quieter than the ‘12 CRV
Gas mileage is great; avg is 31; got 36 on a 200-mile trip up the coast last weekend!
I was ready to dislike the Lane Keep Assist and other “Smart” features... but they’re actually good!
We expect to have this CRV for 10+ years; we know from experience they will easily do this.
NOTE: Compared Touring models with 1.5 Turbo & Hybrid powertrains. Liked both - but the math for the Hybrid doesn’t work.
Right now, Hybrids are selling at Sticker (if you can find one), but I got an aggressive price on the 1.5 Turbo; difference was a bit over $3,500.
Using EPA numbers, in 10,000 miles of driving, you save 82 gallons of gas with the Hybrid. Even if gas goes back to $3.50 a gallon, you’ll have to save 1,000 gallons to break even - which is 122,000 miles. But at that point, the high-voltage batteries would have been replaced, at a cost of $3,000 - $3,500... So the math never works out. (With gas at $2.50, the break-even is 1,400 gallons or 171,000 miles - and at that point, you’re looking at your second battery replacement!)
Bottom Line: Don’t spend Thousands to save Hundreds!
4/5 stars, Great little SUV!
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
So we've had this CR-V for about month now - just got our first thousand miles a couple days ago and we are pretty happy with it. We went from a Sienna to this CR-V as we didn't need the extra room (and higher gas consumption). It took a little while to get used to a smaller vehicle, but there is still plenty of room for our family. It's fits 4 of us perfectly; 5 is a little bit of a squish.
Great gas mileage (much better than the Sienna)
Rides great even in long distances.
Nice storage areas
Android Auto/Apple Play is a great feature - I like seeing the map from my phone on
It has plenty of USB ports to charge our devices.
I like all the standard safety features - lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, auto stop for collisions.
Heated seats are great - especially since I have a bad back.
The remote start is definitely handy on a hot day.
I also like the touch features to lock and unlock doors.
It's definitely not as quiet as the van we had, but not terrible.
The eco mode definitely limits acceleration and makes the a/c not blow as strong. It's fine for every day driving, but turn it off to get the maximum acceleration.
The auto start is annoying a jerky. There is a button to turn it off, but I don't like that I have to disable it every time I turn the vehicle on.
When it is on, the auto start is jerky and makes the whole vehicle move. I get the point of it for emission purposes and I don't mind it necessarily unless it's hot and we need the a/c going.
When it's sunny, the radio screen can be hard to see.
Overall, I think its a great vehicle. Especially for a family that needs room and wants something that will ride well and is quality built.
4/5 stars, Almost Great
LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I purchased our 2020 EX a couple of days ago. It replaced a 2018 Ford Escape that I never cared for. First impressions:
Ride and handling: Excellent. At speed the ride is VERY quiet and relaxing. Steering is crisp and the car has a nice turning radius. Takes bumps very well, no jolting at all.
Climate control: Good, but the blower is not nearly as powerful as I'd perfer in Texas heat. There is no "max AC" setting, and when it is set to what would be max fan + AC + recirculate, it takes some time to cool off a hot cabin. Confusing control panel for AC.
Main control screen: Could be much better. I like the position of the screen and how it is flush with the dash, not like a flat screen TV poking up and off the dashboard. However, I am very disappointed with the navigation piece. With the EX trim, in order to have navigation, one must literally plug your phone into a USB port with a cable. On the other hand, the EX-L trim level has navigation integrated into the system. No need for your phone. No cable wire hanging all over the place. Not good.
Sound system: Mixed bag. The most important thing, the sound quality, is EXCELLENT. The EX has a strong 160W 4 speaker setup. But the control screen could be better, especially preset stations. You can only save 12! In previous vehicles I've owned there were three sets of preset choices (ie: XM1, XM2, XM3), each storing 10-12 stations. Only 12 now.
Storage: Great, and the rear hatch (manual) is also excellent. One little tug and it rises up by itself just fine. Lowering it is also easy, not like you're on a lats weight machine at the gym.
I recommend the Honda CR-V, but you get what you pay for, so I suggest the EX-L trim level or touring if you can afford it.
[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge.
So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business.
You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar.
Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale.
Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group.
So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money.
Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look.
Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo.
Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too.
As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV.
Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it.
The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable.
All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation.
We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering.
Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider.
We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV.
Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are.
There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious.
Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you.
As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size.
Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle.
There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots.
But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too.
We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers.
Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style.
Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet.
Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong.
Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives.
Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver.
Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer.
Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change.
Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does.
What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today.
That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching.
The Best SUVs for 2020 & 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers
SUVs are the most popular vehicles on the road today, and they come in all shapes and sizes. In this video, Carlos Lago breaks down the best SUVs for 2020 and 2021. With so many models to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the perfect SUV for you and your lifestyle.
Detects and warns of potential frontal impacts and automatically engages the brakes to mitigate or prevent a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane with a camera and automatically corrects your course to prevent inadvertent lane departure.
Blind Spot Information System
Monitors your blind spots for cars lurking back there. Flashes lights and emits an audible warning if necessary.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
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Side Crash Rating
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Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
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Risk Of Rollover
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
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IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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Honda CR-V vs. the competition
2020 Honda CR-V
2020 Toyota RAV4
Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 is hugely popular, and it boasts great fuel economy and rugged looks. Toyota finally added Android Auto integration to the RAV4's toolbox for 2020 as well. But we find the CR-V to be a better overall vehicle, especially because of its more powerful engine and more comfortable front seats.
The Rogue is roomy, comfortable and usually available for a good price on dealer lots. Unfortunately, its engine is weak and not particularly fuel-efficient. The CR-V is unquestionably a better choice. We do like Nissan's ProPilot Assist semi-automated safety technology, but there's little the Rogue offers that the CR-V doesn't do better.
Subaru's reputation for outdoorsy fun is on full display in the Forester. It has good ground clearance, several driving modes for different terrain, and standard all-wheel drive. We're also fans of the standard EyeSight safety equipment that includes pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control. The CR-V has fewer flaws, but the Forester serves adventure-minded buyers well.
The base CR-V ditches the lethargic, non-turbocharged engine and now comes standard with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that in the past was reserved for higher trims. Honda's suite of safety features is also standard for 2020, meaning even the most affordable CR-V provides not just crash-prevention technology but adaptive cruise control as well.
Of course, there are updates to the styling, with a sleeker front end, new alloy wheels and a fantastic new blue paint option. Inside the cabin, the center console has been updated, and Honda says it improves on the CR-V's already stellar small-item storage capability.
The base price of the base CR-V LX has increased, but only by $600. That's not bad considering the upgrades the 2020 model offers.
Sadly, the higher-trim CR-V models remain stuck with the old 7-inch infotainment system (that's mostly tolerable because it supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). We really wish Honda would have put its newer 8-inch system into the CR-V, but if wishes were horses, none of us would buy cars.
Why does it matter?
The CR-V is the strongest all-around competitor in the hottest vehicle class next to full-size pickup trucks. Everyone and their uncle wants a piece of the compact-SUV pie, so Honda needs to keep the CR-V fresh to stay competitive until the next generation is ready. More buyers are demanding active safety features and better fuel economy as well, so updating the base LX model will really expand the CR-V's appeal.
What does it compete with?
The new generation of Toyota RAV4 continues to dominate sales with its more rugged look and updated technology.
Toyota has already started rolling out driver aids as standard equipment across its range, and the new RAV4 comes standard with a pretty powerful engine. Honda is clearly responding to Toyota's success by making the base CR-V LX more competitive with the base RAV4 LE.
We think the CR-V is already a stronger all-around contender than the RAV4, but there's no arguing with sales. Now that Honda is closing the feature gap at the bottom of the lineup, we think the CR-V's position can only get stronger.
With a better engine and suite of active safety features, the base 2020 Honda CR-V is finally a compelling choice. We just wish the folks at Honda had updated the CR-V's infotainment while they were at it.
Is the Honda CR-V a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 CR-V both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Honda CR-V fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the CR-V ranges from 37.6 to 39.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda CR-V. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Honda CR-V?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda CR-V:
Turbocharged 1.5-liter engine now standard
Advanced driver safety features standard on every trim level
Revised exterior styling
Part of the fifth CR-V generation introduced for 2017
To determine whether the Honda CR-V is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CR-V. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CR-V's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Honda CR-V a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda CR-V is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 CR-V and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 CR-V is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda CR-V?
The least-expensive 2020 Honda CR-V is the 2020 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,050.
Other versions include:
EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $29,060
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $31,550
EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $27,560
EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $30,050
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $34,750
LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $26,550
LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $25,050
Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $33,250
If you're interested in the Honda CR-V, the next question is, which CR-V model is right for you? CR-V variants include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of CR-V models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more
More about the 2020 Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V Overview
The 2020 Honda CR-V is offered in the following submodels: CR-V SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Touring 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).
Honda CR-V models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 190 hp, depending on engine type.
The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic.
The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What do people think of the 2020 Honda CR-V?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for
the 2020 Honda CR-V and all its trim types.
Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 CR-V
4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.
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Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior,
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda CR-V and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 CR-V featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
The 2020 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,670. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $751 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $751 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,919.
The average savings for the 2020 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.
2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
The 2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,180. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $821 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $821 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,359.
The average savings for the 2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.
The 2020 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,670. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $892 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $892 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,778.
The average savings for the 2020 Honda CR-V EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,870. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $982 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $982 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,888.
The average savings for the 2020 Honda CR-V Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.
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What is the MPG of a 2020 Honda CR-V?
2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic,regular unleaded 29 compined MPG, 27 city MPG/32 highway MPG
2020 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic,regular unleaded 30 compined MPG, 28 city MPG/34 highway MPG
EPA Est. MPG
Continuously variable-speed automatic
all wheel drive
Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda CR-V?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you
that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make
higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand,
can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a
new car every three years or so.