The Honda CR-V has been one of the best accepted bunched crossovers for years in the US, but while added automakers accept appear amalgam versions of their crossovers, Honda hasn’t until now. Honda has assuredly alien a CR-V hybrid, which is aimed appropriate at its longtime rival, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. The CR-V amalgam is now the fourth amalgam archetypal in Honda’s lineup, which includes the Accord, Insight and Clarity constituent hybrid.
After spending a anniversary with the 2020 Honda CR-V hybrid, we begin the CR-V amalgam to be the best CR-V to buy, aback it feels added refined, has acceptable ammunition abridgement all with an accessible to absorb amount tag.
The CR-V amalgam is powered by a Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent with two motor-generators and a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion array pack. The amalgam powertrain generates a accumulated 212 application and 232 pound-feet of torque, which is the aforementioned as the Accord hybrid. This additionally agency that the CR-V amalgam has added ability than the accepted CR-V with its 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. If you appetite to compare, the RAV4 amalgam has 219 hp and the Ford Escape amalgam has 209 hp.
The amalgam genitalia add 201 pounds to the CR-V hybrid’s barrier weight, which explains why the CR-V amalgam doesn’t absolutely feel any faster than the accepted CR-V. But on the alley the CR-V amalgam does feel a bit added solid acknowledgment to a hardly firmer suspension.
The CR-V amalgam additionally comes accepted with all-wheel drive, but it’s altered than the RAV4 amalgam with its electric motor that admiral the rear wheels. Instead the CR-V amalgam uses the aforementioned all-wheel drive arrangement as the accepted CR-V.
Just like in the Accord, the four-cylinder agent acts mainly as a generator, but in some instances a clamp engages to let the four-cylinder agent ability the wheels. For the best allotment the electricity generated by the agent is beatific to the electric motors that again move the CR-V bottomward the road, but some of the electricity can additionally be beatific to the array backpack as well.
There is an electric-only EV mode, but accustomed the baby array size, the CR-V amalgam can alone biking a mile or two in electric mode. To advice accelerate added activity aback to the array the adorning braking arrangement has four modes. We approved all four modes, but none of them will accompany the CR-V to a complete stop like in some EVs.
The CR-V hybrid’s array is placed below the rear burden floor, which agency that the additional annoy has been deleted and the amount attic can no best be bargain to accord you added burden space. The CR-V amalgam has up to 33.2 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude with the rear bench up, compared to 39.2 cubic anxiety in the accepted CR-V.
Around boondocks the amalgam powertrain is quiet and smooth, which makes the CR-V amalgam feel added aesthetic than the non-hybrid CR-V. Again you add in the added low-end torque that the electric motor provides and the CR-V feels added responsive. The powertrain has a nice bite from a stop acknowledgment to the the electrified parts, which additionally helps it get from 0-60 mph hardly faster than the accepted CR-V.
The CR-V amalgam is rated at 40 mpg city, 35 mpg artery and 38 mpg combined, which is a nice jump from the accepted CR-V with all-wheel drive, which is rated at 27/32/29 mpg. The CR-V amalgam is not as ammunition able as the RAV4 hybrid, which is rated at 41 mpg burghal and 38 mpg artery or the Escape amalgam with its 43 mpg burghal and 37 mpg artery rating.
The CR-V amalgam doesn’t attending abundant altered than the accepted CR-V, with the barring of some amalgam badges. The absolute 2020 CR-V calendar did get active advanced and rear fascias and a new centermost animate with added storage. Inside the CR-V amalgam does accept a different barometer array and a pushbutton accessory selector, which feels added avant-garde than the approved CR-V’s about-face lever.
There’s alone one affair that we ambition was updated, the infotainment system, aback its cartoon attending dated, but you can calmly bypass that by axis on Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Accord offers a abundant added bigger infotainment system, so it’s a disappointment that it’s not offered in the CR-V.
The 2020 CR-V Amalgam starts at $28,970, which is alone a slight access over the amount of the accepted CR-V LX AWD, which is priced at $27,770.
At the end of the day, the 2020 Honda CR-V Amalgam is a abundant amalgam crossover with actual little compromises compared to the accepted CR-V. We absolutely adopt it over the accepted CR-V, aback it’s not alone added ammunition efficient, but it feels added refined. In the ammunition abridgement race, the CR-V Amalgam does abatement abbreviate compared to its capital competition, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, but ammunition abridgement specs aside, the CR-V Amalgam is calmly the best CR-V to date.