So, you’re looking hard at the new Honda CR-V, and you’re impressed. But, with all the configurations and trim levels available, it might be hard to sort what version of this fun and sporty SUV is best for you. What comes standard, and what’s considered optional? There is a menu of benchmark basics, and we explored what CR-V offers in safety, performance, comfort, and tech as standard.
Every Honda CR-V comes equipped with a variety of safety basics. Anti-lock brakes, stability control, and seat belt pretensioners are just a few. You will also have peace of mind with the knowledge that there is a family of airbags for crash protection including, front and side-impact, as well as overhead airbags. New for 2020, the CR-V also has accident avoidance technology.
The CR-V also comes standard with a security system that will disable the ignition or prevent the engine from starting altogether if the original manufacturer key isn’t used. You’ll be pleased to know the Honda CR-V has also earned high safety ratings.
The 2020 Honda CR-V brings plenty of power, fuel economy, and capability under the hood. Each model comes standard with 1.5L turbocharged inline-four that offers 190 horses. The continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive also come standard, although AWD is an option. You’ll enjoy 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway at the entry-level.
Comfort and infotainment standards
Inside the CR-V, you’ll enjoy the high-quality style as a standard. The seating is comfortable and comes standard with cloth. It’s one of the nicest cabins in this segment and offers plenty of cargo and smart storage. The base models (LX) come with a 5.0-inch screen, with options to upgrade to 7-inch displays with higher trim levels. Basic audio is available standard as well. If you want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports, or SiriusXM satellite radio, you’ll need to bump up to the next EX trim level.
Driver assistance and technology standards
The Honda CR-V comes with a family of standard driver assistance features. You’ll have automated emergency braking along with pedestrian detection. Lane-departure warning systems and lane-keeping assist are also standard. Adaptive cruise control is also provided. Honda Sensing is the platform for all of these systems and is standard across many Honda models. You’ll also have a multi-angle rearview camera to help visibility in reverse. Automatic high-beams and LED daytime running lights also come standard.
Trim levels bring added features and benefits
While the Honda CR-V comes handsomely equipped with standard features, knowing you have additional options to upgrade can just help sweeten the deal. Some reviews suggest the best trim level is the EX, one step above the base LX. But you’ll also have your choice of EX-L and the plushy Touring. So, if leather appointments, bigger touchscreen, sunroof, or navigation are must-haves in your new CR-V, you can certainly upgrade the trim levels to get there.
How much for this compact SUV?
If you’re not wowed by the standard equipment, the safety ratings, or available add-ons, you might instead get a little excited about the price points for the Honda CR-V. Estimated ranges for the LX begin at $26,000, with each trim level upgrade adding roughly $3,000. Honda makes the CR-V capable, reliable, and then affordable for almost anyone looking to park a small SUV in their garage.
If you’re still not sure how you want to build out your perfect Honda CR-V this year, maybe go see one in person. Take it for a test drive and start creating a list of deal-breaker options that are best for your lifestyle. Some reviewers suggest the best version to buy is the mid-range EX model. But, you’ll be the ultimate judge of which CR-V is perfect for you.