Flash Drive

2020 Honda CR-V

Model Tested: 2020 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring

The handsome 2020 Honda CR-V is available in both hybrid and standard drivetrain iterations. It’s compact outside, but roomy inside.

Engine:1.5-liter turbocharged I-4, 190 horsepower, 179 lb-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 27-mpg city, 32-mpg highway, 29-mpg combined

Base Price: $34,750

As Tested: $35,845


Good performance for such a small displacement engine

Great fuel economy—our best was 35.9-mpg highway

The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is very well equipped and solidly built.

Pleasant highway/city ride

Traditional style shifter

Nimble, good size for city driving and errands

Excellent Honda Sensing safety suite is standard


Stretch-out driver legroom and great shoe room

Driver power lumbar support

Supportive, comfortable seats with soft headrests

Heated leather-trimmed seats (3 temps)

Front row room and comfort are excellent.

Heated leather steering wheel

Manual tilt/telescopic with good range

Power front passenger seat with very good legroom

Soft armrest pad atop console bin

Excellent three adult size rear seat

Lots of rear seat knee room

Almost flat floor

Adults can fit in middle; cushion firm, but not objectionable

Soft, wide rear armrest with drink

The rear seat is accessed via wide-opening doors. Adults can fit in all three positions.



Power liftgate with good clearance

Wide opening; no lift-over

Flat cargo deck

Split folding rear seats stow flat

Slight incline from cargo deck to folded seatbacks

Carpeted flap over gap between deck and seats

Good cargo space behind seats

Large console bin with sliding cover/tray

The split rear seats fold flat for lots of cargo space and versatility.

Smart phone charging pad

Medium size moonroof

Long narrow front door bins

Shallow rear door bins

Large locking glovebox

WOW Factors:

Roomy, comfortable interior

Impressive fuel economy for a non-hybrid

Easy access, wide opening rear doors

Large infotainment screen

There is ample cargo room behind the rear seats. The lift gate has good clearance for tall people.

Great safety features


Back portion of front door bins hard to access

Auto stop slightly slow to restart

Bottom Line:

The 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is a leader in the compact SUV class because it does everything asked of it so well. It’s spacious, comfortable, solidly built, economical, practical, affordable, good looking, has strong resale values and it’s pleasant to drive.