Why Wouldn't You?: The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

The Honda CR-V Hybrid has arrived. People have been waiting for the first-ever hybrid SUV from Honda, and in a lot of ways, this one makes me wonder why you'd buy the gasoline-powered version.

It's powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine and a 1.4 kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack. The combined 212 horsepower is 22 more than in the gasoline-powered CR-V Touring (which we reviewed on the old TireKicker site in May), but you won't go any faster.

The hybrid stuff adds 201 pounds, so getting to 60 from a standing start will take roughly the same seven-and-a-half seconds it takes in the pure gasoline CR-V Touring. Still, that's not bad acceleration for a small crossover, especially with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Performance in terms of speed may be a draw, but the CR-V Hybrid crushes its internal combustion sibling in fuel economy. The EPA estimate for the purely gasoline-powered CR-V Touring is 27 city/32 highway. Choose the CR-V Hybrid and that leaps to 40 city/35 highway.

All four trim levels of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid (LX, EX, EX-L and Touring) come standard with all-wheel drive.

If there's a drawback to the CR-V Hybrid, it's that the battery needed the space occupied by the spare tire in the gasoline version, so it's gone. Tire pressure monitoring is standard.

Okay, so where are we so far? You gain 13 miles per gallon in the city and three on the highway, lose a spare tire and performance is a draw., though the Hybrid is arguably a bit smoother and quieter because it's running on electric power much of the time. So, I'm guessing your question is how much more this will cost than the gasoline version, right? The answer is $105. Not a typo. One hundred and five dollars. The base price of the gasoline CR-V Touring is $34,750. For the hybrid? $34,855. That $105 difference is likely to be made up in gasoline savings in a typical commute in the first few months of ownership.

The window sticker is at the end of this review so you can see the full list, but among the highlights on the standard equipment list is leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a nine-speaker premium audio system, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio, keyless entry, pushbutton start, a dual-zone climate control system with air filtration, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, Qi-compatible wireless phone charging and a power moonroof.

And thanks to Honda's one-price per trim level policy, that's it. So, with $1,095 destination and handling, the as-tested price for this 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring is $35,950.

Honda, based on its reputation and demand for the CR-V Hybrid, could have jacked up the price by a few thousand dollars over the gasoline CR-V and been just fine. By choosing not to, they've made choosing the CR-V Hybrid a no-brainer.

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