Honda's most popular crossover also gets a price bump.
Next year, Honda's compact crossover will be 25 years old. It's been a steady and robust evolution for the Honda CR-V, and this year sees a refresh for this generation. Honda showed off the CR-V's facelift earlier in the year, but now we know how much it costs and what additions have been made. There is a price bump, but there's also a host of upgrades that should make the extra cost worthwhile.
The facelift is gentle, but there's a significant change on the inside. The center console has had a makeover to improve on its ergonomics, particularly for accessing USB ports and storing loose items.
The 2020 Honda CR-V will now start at $26,145, including delivery, which puts it up by $600 over the 2019 model. Ticking the all-wheel-drive option on any model will cost $1,500, but every model now has Honda's Sensing suite of safety technology as standard. Honda's bundle of active safety features include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. That extra $600 also gets 1.5-liter turbo-four engine across the lineup and, which adds six horsepower over the previous 2.4-liter engine and returns an additional EPA estimated two mpg.
Those opting for the fully loaded Touring trim will now find it now comes standard with a heated steering wheel and wireless phone charging and costing $33,345. Working back through the CR-V's lineup, the EX-L trim costs $31,145, and the EX starts at $28,655. The EX should continue to be the most popular trim and comes with Honda's keyless entry and remote start system as well as heated seats and a 7.0-inch touchscreen display running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Honda promises more information on the CR-V Hybrid closer to when it goes on sale early next year. The 2020 CR-V should start appearing on dealer lots this week.