Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles
Honda’s popular CR-V is a top-seller and even more a solid purchase in it’s hybrid version. Honda has a great reputation of building reliable vehicles and the Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring is ready to carry the torch. The CR-V is great for being used as a daily driver and getting the family around town. I knew that I was in store for a fun week with one of the best compact size SUV’s in the market.
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV built by Honda since 1995 and introduced in the US in 1997. The CR-V is Honda’s mid-range utility vehicle stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle,” or “Compact Recreational Vehicle”. Honda began producing the CR-V in Greensburg, Indiana, United States, in February 2017.
The exterior of the CR-V stands out with a sharp and stylish full LED headlight shape that will be recognized as a Honda with this signature look. Sitting on 19-inch tires and wheels and a roof rack on top, the CR-V completes the SUV appeal.
The interior of CR-V is just as sharp as the exterior. It has a luxurious cabin with two rows of spacious seats enough for five people and a nice size cargo hold. The CR-V’s features black perforated leather seats that are very comfortable. There is also a black dash and gray headliner. The model tested included a 10-way, power-operated driver’s seat with memory and a four-way power passenger’s seat, as well as front-seat heaters and leather seating surfaces. The CR-V Hybrid does not come with spare tire due to the battery placement under the rear cargo hold. You receive a tire repair kit instead.
The infotainment system in the CR-V comes complete with a navigation system, a 5-inch touch screen, a wireless charging pad, two extra USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, a premium 9-speaker sound system and a moonroof. The CR-V also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and Pandora compatibility and a 12-volt outlet.
The hybrid features a 2.0-liter I-VTEC 4 cylinder engine with hybrid electric motor that when combined provide up to 212 horsepower. The hybrid electric power is quiet, with instant throttle response. The ride is comfortable and confident through corners and smooth in the city. Acceleration is seamless between electric and gas. Engine noise is quiet as well. Driving modes in the CR-V are Sport, Econ, EV, and Normal. This is key to suit drivers in all driving scenarios.
Honda is not solely focused on wowing the consumer with cool designs and the latest gadgets, but they treat safety as high priority which consumers like myself appreciate. Every CR-V comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features that includes forward-collision warning, automatic front braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and rearview camera and automatic high beams. The Touring adds a head-up display, multi-view camera, rear cross-traffic monitor, driver attention monitor, rain-sensing wipers and blind-spot information system.
As a parent of a toddler, install car seats is important to me. For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. Installation and removal was a fairly easy process.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring sits in a competitive class amongst the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid and the Ford Escape Hybrid. Our CR-V Hybrid rang up at $37,070.00. This pricing point falls in line with the competition. Honda covers the 2020 CR-V Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. As for fuel economy, the CR-V Hybrid Touring comes in at 40 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 38 mpg combined. Overall the CR-V Hybrid Touring is a solid vehicle that is good for the busy family zipping around town. Enjoy the photo gallery.