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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Review

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid lands near the middle of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It offers a smooth ride and ample cabin space, but it suffers from a cumbersome and out-of-date infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Gentle ride
  • Good cargo space
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Finicky infotainment system

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.0
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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 Is the Honda CR-V Hybrid a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid is a good compact SUV. Compared to other vehicles in our hybrid and electric SUV rankings, this Honda has a good amount of cargo room. It also has a smooth ride, and its peppy powertrain produces enough power for this crossover to get around with ease. However, this Honda also has an unintuitive and outdated infotainment system.

Should I Buy the Honda CR-V Hybrid?

The Honda CR-V Hybrid is a good crossover, but there are other great vehicles in the class. Rivals such as the Ford Escape Hybrid are more fuel-efficient, which is a main selling point for hybrids. The Ford has more standard features too. Alternatively, you might consider the nonhybrid Honda CR-V. Aside from lacking a two-motor hybrid system, it’s virtually identical to its hybrid counterpart, and it has a larger cargo hold.

Compare the CR-V Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, and CR-V »

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda CR-V Hybrid?

The hybridized version of the CR-V is all-new for 2020, so the chance of finding a used model is slim. If you’re interested in an older version of the nonhybrid CR-V, read our 2017 CR-V, 2018 CR-V, and 2019 CR-V reviews.

We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions with 23 professional Honda CR-V Hybrid reviews.

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How Much Does the Honda CR-V Hybrid Cost?

The base CR-V Hybrid LX has an MSRP of $27,750. That makes it one of the more affordable models in the class, undercutting other hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric SUVs. The top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $35,950. That’s still great for the class. For instance, the all-electric Hyundai Kona has a base MSRP of $37,190.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V Hybrid or Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the best vehicles in our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. The Toyota not only gets better fuel economy estimates than the Honda, but it also has more cargo space. It comes with more standard tech features too, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Both crossovers have similar starting prices. All in all, the Toyota is the better vehicle.

Which Is Better: Honda CR-V Hybrid or Honda CR-V?

Choosing between the gas-only Honda CR-V and the CR-V Hybrid largely boils down to whether or not you prefer a hybrid. Both vehicles have nearly identical features lists. Given its lithium-ion battery pack, the hybrid has less cargo room than the gas-only CR-V. However, it also makes a bit more horsepower, thanks to the addition of two electric motors. As you’d expect, the hybrid gets superior mpg ratings, although the regular CR-V is efficient for a nonhybrid.

Compare the CR-V Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, and CR-V »

CR-V Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the CR-V Hybrid Seat?

Like most small SUVs, this hybrid seats five people. Cloth upholstery is standard. You can upgrade to a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat in some higher trims. Other options include a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

Whether sitting in the front or rear, most adults will have enough head- and legroom to stretch out. While most critics report that the seats are well-cushioned and remain supportive on long drives, some find them to be a bit stiff.

CR-V Hybrid and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

CR-V Hybrid Interior Quality

For the most part, the CR-V Hybrid features premium cabin materials. Higher trims get flourishes such as faux wood accents.

CR-V Hybrid Cargo Space

This vehicle has 33.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Due to the placement of its battery pack, the hybrid has less cargo room than the gas-only Honda CR-V. However, it still has a good amount of space, both compared to other hybrid and electric vehicles and compared to other compact SUVs.

CR-V Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Included in the base trim are a 5-inch infotainment screen, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The list of available equipment includes a 7-inch touch screen, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a navigation system, a wireless phone charger, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an upgraded stereo with six, eight, or nine speakers.

The Honda CR-V Hybrid may be all-new, but its infotainment system is not. Taken from its nonhybrid counterpart, the system looks and feels outdated. The touch screen is slow to respond, and some functions are buried within menus and sub-menus. Even the integration of connectivity tech like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feels outdated compared to rivals.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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CR-V Hybrid Performance

CR-V Hybrid Engine: Brisk and Capable

This Honda uses two electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine to put out 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. Completing the hybrid powertrain is an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This is the same powertrain found in the Honda Accord Hybrid.

Using only electric power to take off, this hybrid delivers nearly instant torque, facilitating brisk off-the-line acceleration. From there, the gas engine seamlessly kicks in. You can also set the CR-V to EV mode where it acts as an electric-only vehicle in certain situations.

Other drive modes include Sport, which boosts throttle response and helps this vehicle feel a bit swifter, and Econ, which prioritizes fuel economy.

CR-V Hybrid Gas Mileage: Decent

The CR-V Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Those are decent estimates among hybrid and electric SUVs, but they’re not class leading, and they trail the fuel economy of rivals such as the Ford Escape Hybrid.

CR-V Hybrid Ride and Handling: Smooth and Balanced

The Honda CR-V Hybrid rides smoothly on most pavement, and well-weighted steering and controlled body lean help it feel composed around corners. This crossover also has strong brakes with none of the grabbiness often associated with regenerative brakes. You can control the level of regenerative braking via paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All-wheel drive comes standard.

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CR-V Hybrid Reliability

Is the Honda CR-V Hybrid Reliable?

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Warranty

Honda covers the 2020 CR-V Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile or a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty, depending on state regulations where you purchase the vehicle.

Read more about reliability »

CR-V Hybrid Safety

CR-V Hybrid Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Honda CR-V Hybrid the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this Honda an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

CR-V Hybrid Safety Features

In addition to a rearview camera, this hybrid comes standard with the Honda Sensing Suite of driver assistance features. It bundles together lane keep assist, a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.

Available driver aids include parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Read more about safety »

CR-V Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The CR-V Hybrid is about 15.2 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,649 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Built?

Honda builds the 2020 CR-V Hybrid in Indiana and Ohio.

Which Honda CR-V Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the 2020 CR-V Hybrid in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. There’s also a nonhybrid Honda CR-V, which we review separately.

Powering every CR-V Hybrid are two electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. All-wheel drive is standard. Front and rear parking sensors are available for $514 in all but the top-of-the-line Touring trim, which comes standard with them.

Honda CR-V Hybrid LX

The entry-level LX has a base MSRP of $27,750. It comes with a 5-inch infotainment display, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, automatic climate control, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which includes lane keep assist, a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda CR-V Hybrid EX

The EX trim retails for $30,260. It adds several tech features, including a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Also included in the EX are heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, larger alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

For $500, you can add a heated steering wheel.

Honda CR-V Hybrid EX-L

EX-L models start at $32,750. They gain an eight-speaker stereo, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power liftgate.

Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring

The top-trim CR-V Hybrid Touring has a starting MSRP of $35,950. Its roster of standard equipment includes a wireless device charger, a navigation system, a nine-speaker premium stereo, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and even larger alloy wheels.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

See 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a decent choice whether you're looking for a compact SUV or a hybrid SUV specifically. With its proficient powertrain, gentle ride, good safety score, large cargo hold, and handsome, roomy cabin, this crossover has many appealing traits. Factor in its below-average starting price, and it’s easy to see why this Honda is a good value. That said, there are a lot of great hybrid SUVs to choose from, including some that are even more fuel-efficient than the CR-V.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a tempting choice for a small hybrid SUV. It gets high fuel economy and doesn't compromise on the regular CR-V's positive attributes such as roomy seating and a comfortable ride. Standard all-wheel drive is a nice bonus too." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a versatile and spacious crossover that builds on the already likable CR-V. Its value and handling make it an attractive SUV, but we wish its real-world fuel efficiency numbers were better. Gas prices may be low, but with Honda's first hybrid SUV on the market, the CR-V will continue to be a popular model." -- Motor Trend
  • "If you want a more powerful Honda CR-V, get the Hybrid. Also, if you want better mileage, more USB ports and wireless charging for your cellphone, get the CR-V Hybrid. In fact, whatever you want from this class of crossover, you might find that what you want is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Unless you like the RAV4 Hybrid or the Escape Hybrid. It’s a buyers market." -- Autoweek 
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