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Honda's forst electrified crossover is EPA-rated to return 40 MPG in city driving, 35 MPG on the highway, and 38 MPG in real-world combination driving.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - On the road, the CR-V is quiet and smooth. There's plenty of power available, and the AWD system makes this model an attractive choice if your lifestyle includes remote camping or winter sports. Honda's CR-V compact crossover SUV is the best-selling model in the brand's extensive lineup, and vies with the Toyota RAV4 for the title of best-selling compact crossover year after year. Honda has sold over 5 million units of the CR-V over the past 23 years, making it the best-selling CUV in history. Until now, all CR-V models carried a gasoline engine, but that's changing this year.

The CR-V Hybrid puts Honda into competition with Toyota's popular RAV4 Hybrid. The Honda also bucks a major design trend that automakers have been following. Most hybrids with all-wheel-drive use a dual-motor gas/electric front-wheel-drive system and then they use additional electric motors in the back to drive the rear wheels. Honda's system uses the gas/electric dual system in the front, but then uses a traditional driveshaft to send power to the rear axle.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior is typical of economy compact crossovers, and the dashboard infotainment system is easy to use. Higher trim levels include handy features like wireless device charging and GPS navigation.

The power package for the CR-V Hybrid includes a 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle gas engine, mated with an electric motor. The combined system offers 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. There is no transmission in the traditional sense, just a direct drive coupling with reduction gears. The rear axle includes a clutch that engages the rear wheels when traction is required.

The CR-V Hybrid is EPA-rated to return 40 MPG in city driving, 35 MPG on the highway, and 38 MPG in real-world combination driving. This compares to 27 MPG city, 33 MPG highway, and 29 combined for the gas-powered CR-V. The CR-V is also capable of driving in EV mode and using no gasoline at all for distances up to a mile.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Thye front bucket seats are very comfortable and can be ordered in soft leather.

One nice feature Honda has developed is the adjustable electric regeneration control. Using steering wheel paddles, the driver can adjust the intensity of the regeneration system.

On the road, the CR-V is quiet and smooth. There's plenty of power available, and the AWD system makes this model an attractive choice if your lifestyle includes remote camping or winter sports. The interior is typical of economy compact crossovers, and the dashboard infotainment system is easy to use. Higher trim levels include handy features like wireless device charging and GPS navigation.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Rear seat room in the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is very good for a compact crossover.

The 2020 Honda CR-V hybrid starts at $27,750 for the basic LX trim, which includes LED headlights, keyless entry and start, and the AWD system. From there, you can step up to EX trim with LED fog lights, blind spot monitoring, and the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment. The EX-L trim comes with leather, heated steering wheel, and a power tailgate. The top of the line is the Touring trim with navigation, wireless charging, and both front and rear parking sensors.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Many people buy crossovers for the cargo space, and the 2020 Honda CR-V offers a lot of it.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Base price: $27,750

Price as tested: $35,950

Type: Compact crossover SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor (212 hp, 232 lbs-ft)

Transmission: Direct drive AWD

EPA estimated mileage: 40/35

Overall length: 182.1 inches

Curb weight: 3,469 pounds

Final assembly: Greensburg, Indiana


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