A Look at All of the 2020 Honda SUVs

January 10th, 2020 by

A blue 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is driving on a city street near Rochester, NY.

At Ralph Honda, we know the importance of choosing a good vehicle for your personal transportation. Not every car is made the same, but some will definitely stand out from the rest, like Honda SUVs. If you’re looking for Honda SUVs in Rochester, NY, you’ve definitely come to the right place. The SUV market has arguably become the most competitive in the industry, largely because consumer tendencies have shifted towards having vehicles that can “do it all.” Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, then a Honda SUV will definitely be a perfect fit. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

2020 HR-V

We’ll start things off by checking out the 2020 HR-V. This is Honda’s smallest and least expensive SUV model available, and it also boasts the best fuel economy (estimated 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg on 2WD trims) of the bunch, although it’s tied with the CR-V in that regard.* You may notice that fuel economy numbers like that are quite common for your fair share of sedans out there, especially ones that might be a bit older. Now, though, SUVs are to the point where their fuel economy is only getting better and better.

There are six different trims available. In ascending starting price point, they are the LX ($20,820), Sport ($22,520), EX ($23,970), EX-L ($25,570), and Touring ($28,890).** There is available AWD for each trim, although the Touring will come with it standard. Each model will also have an in-line 4-cylinder engine that can get up to 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque.

Some of the better features, like Honda Sensing Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies and Honda LaneWatch, are not included until a few trim levels up, starting at the EX. This is also where the heated front seats and moonroof will begin, but the Satellite-Linked Navigation System is solely reserved for the Touring.

Considering the relatively low difference in price between some of the trim levels, we would recommend starting with at least the EX to take advantage of the additional features, including all of Honda’s great safety features.

A white 2020 Honda HR-V LX, which is the smallest of the Honda SUVs, is parked on a downtown steet.

2020 CR-V

The next step up on the Honda SUV ladder, the CR-V is one of Honda’s best-selling vehicles, in both the United States and around the globe. As mentioned, it has great fuel economy, but we think you’ll also be attracted to the features (there’s a reason it’s popular, right?).

There are four different trims available, including the LX ($25,050), EX ($27,560), EX-L ($30,050), and Touring ($33,250).** Each trim has available AWD, but none of them will come with it standard, which is slightly different than the HR-V (HR-V Touring comes standard with AWD). However, you can expect a few increases in other areas. The in-line 4-cylinder engine with Turbocharger can get up to 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque, which is a definite increase in performance over the smaller HR-V.

A real bonus is seeing Honda’s safety suite coming standard across all trims on the CR-V. Also, starting with the EX, you’ll have the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor as well. Heated front seats, moonroof, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations will also start at the EX level. A key feature that many look for is the hands-free access power tailgate, and that comes standard on the highest trim, the Touring.

Many of the better features will start with the EX, so it’s our recommendation to begin your search there if you’re looking into a CR-V. If you’re looking for more features, especially convenience features, then check out the Touring model. It comes with the Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a premium audio system with nine speakers, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2020 Passport

A silver 2020 Honda Passport Elite is parked at a campsite at night.

The Passport is Honda’s first SUV in this lineup that has passed the $30,000 mark in terms of the starting price. As we go through some of the different specifications and features, you’ll see why.

The 2020 Passport comes in four different trims, including one that you couldn’t find on either the HR-V or CR-V. They are the Sport ($31,990), EX-L ($36,410), Touring ($39,280), and Elite ($43,780).** Obviously, the Elite is the one that stands out because it hasn’t previously been mentioned, and it has also crested the $40,000 price mark.

Each trim level comes with a V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This is actually a very large increase over the CR-V in terms of overall performance, which is definitely a huge reason the price is higher. The Sport through Touring trims have the availability of AWD, but the Elite comes with it standard. A big highlight on the Passport is the inclusion of Intelligent Traction Management across all trim levels. With 2WD, you will have a Snow option, but in AWD, there are options for Snow, Sand, and Mud, thus allowing for greater versatility when you’re driving in different conditions. Another added perk is having a moderate towing capacity across the board. For 2WD models, it’s 3,500 lbs, and for AWD models, it’s 5,000 lbs.

It’s great to see Honda’s safety suite of features included across all trim levels. The only feature the Sport will miss out on is the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor. A large majority of features can be found on the EX-L trim, but as you move up, you will find a few more added on to the Touring and then the Elite. Starting with the EX-L would be our recommendation.

2020 Pilot

A family is loading gear into a silver 2020 Honda Pilot LX after a football game.

The Pilot is the only Honda SUV that has a seating capacity of more than five passengers. In fact, it can have up to eight if you so desire. Certain models and configurations will put your capacity to seven, which is still more than enough room for the entire family or a group of friends.

With six different trims available, the Pilot offers a lot of variety. The trims are the LX ($31,650), EX ($34,530), EX-L ($37,960), Touring ($42,720), Elite ($48,220), and Black Edition ($49,720).** While the Elite and Black Edition trims come standard with AWD, the LX through Touring still have it as an available option. All Pilot trims come equipped with a V6 engine that has 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Honda’s safety suite of features is found across all trims, although the LX misses out on the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor. While the LX through EX-L will only have the option for seating capacities of eight, the Touring can have up to 7 or 8-passengers. The Elite and Black Edition levels can only have 7-passengers.

Unless you really need the 8-passenger configuration, we would recommend starting with a 7-passenger Touring. It will have a wide range of upgraded features, plus the 7-passenger configuration makes it much easier to move in and out of the back or store luggage.

Try One Today

At Ralph Honda, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional car-buying experience. We want you to find exactly the vehicle you want. If it happens to be an SUV, well, we’re a great place to find Honda SUVs in Rochester, NY. Please, check out our inventory on the website today and give us a call if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, EX-L & Touring trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
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