Our In-Depth Look at the 2020 Honda CR-V

February 14th, 2020 by

A silver 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is parked outside of a Honda dealer.

What comes to mind when you think family-focused vehicle? More often than not, our customers land on some kind of minivan. While minivans do offer a level of comfort and security for a number of families, there is an SUV that is tailored to match the needs of families. Ask any Honda dealer in Rochester, NY, and you are bound to be pointed in the direction of a great SUV like the 2020 Honda CR-V.

The Honda CR-V is a midsize SUV that offers plenty of room for every member of the family, as well as the safety tech you need to have peace of mind when you take to the road. Our auto-experts at Ralph Honda know what it takes to find a great family-oriented vehicle, and are here to showcase one of the best family cars for families in Rochester. From the road-gripping all-wheel drive to the high ground clearance, the 2020 Honda CR-V is ready for anything that the road can throw at it.

Minivan Styling in a Midsize SUV

The 2020 Honda CR-V knows exactly what it is, and leans into it. With a simple exterior, the Honda CR-V looks quite similar to the minivans that it is intended to slot in for. That said, there is more to this SUV than just a reliable ride with great safety features, this is an SUV with a rugged edge that can give drivers a safer ride when road conditions are less than favorable.

Starting at $25,050 MSRP, the 2020 Honda CR-V is reasonably affordable, especially when you consider what you get for that initial sticker price.* When you visit our showroom to purchase the CR-V, a member of our sales team will introduce you to four different trim levels, including the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. With so many choices to select from, the Honda CR-V is plenty diverse, with enough room for configuration to satisfy even the most particular drivers.

A couple is loading luggage into the back of their grey 2020 Honda CR-V Touring outside of their Rochester, NY home.

Consistent Performance Through and Through

The 2020 Honda CR-V is an SUV that offers a consistent level of performance no matter what trim you decide to purchase. While you won’t be able to find all-wheel drive in the standard model, it won’t cost you much to upgrade the Honda SUV to sport one; but, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can get up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Using a CVT and front-wheel drive, even the baseline model of the Honda CR-V is adeptly equipped. While towing capacity isn’t often a huge deal for Honda CR-V drivers, you will get to haul up to 1,500 pounds, which isn’t half-bad considering the compact engine packed beneath the hood. Thanks to this compact engine, drivers get to enjoy an estimated fuel economy rating of up to 32 mpg on the highway, which is hard to come by in a vehicle of this size.**

As mentioned before, the 2020 Honda CR-V can be tweaked into a rather rugged all-terrain champ. The front-wheel drivetrain can be swapped out for an all-wheel drive alternative, which has no problem in snow or rain. The Honda CR-V also sits plenty high off of the ground, with 7.8 inches of ground clearance separating the undercarriage of the vehicle from the pavement, or dirt. Riding in the Honda CR-V is a rather smooth experience when taken out on the pavement, regardless if you choose the 17, 18 or 19-inch wheels.

All of these characteristics combined, make it a great performer on the roads of Rochester, and the state of New York in general. Unfazed by snow or rain, the Honda CR-V is bound to provide the kind of assurances that drivers may struggle to find in a minivan.

Room for the Whole Family

The 2020 CR-V is certainly one of the more spacious mid-sized SUVs on the market. Rear passengers get the luxury to enjoy over 40 inches of legroom, which is fairly generous when comparing the Honda CR-V against competitor models. While the Honda CR-V can only seat five, it can do so quite comfortably, even when packed with both passengers and cargo. Speaking of cargo, the Honda CR-V offers more than enough room for luggage, camping gear, and groceries. With the rear seats up, you’ll find 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space, although if you fold those seats down, that cargo space blooms to 75.8 cubic feet. And if that isn’t enough room for you, you’ll find a floor panel hidden beneath the carpeted floor of the cargo hold, expanding your packing capabilities.

The interior of the Honda CR-V isn’t just spacious either; it is also plenty comfy. Base models get some durable yet soft-touch cloth upholstery, and if you step up to the EX-L or Touring trim, you’ll get to recline in full leather upholstery. There is also a 12-way power-adjustable front driver’s seat in the EX and all higher trims. So, as you may be able to tell, no matter which trim you decide to purchase, you’ll get an interior cabin that is spacious and comfortable for the whole family.

Technology for Safety and Entertainment

The infotainment screen in a 2020 Honda CR-V Touring is shown.

Honda brand vehicles are packed with technology, and the 2020 Honda CR-V is certainly no different. When it comes to infotainment, base models get a 5.0-inch display complete with Bluetooth connectivity, and a single USB port. Power features and 17-inch wheels make for an all-around luxurious ride. If you upgrade the Honda CR-V, you’ll find a comparable upgrade in automotive technology. The 2020 Honda CR-V EX trim, for instance, sports an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and comes with heated front seats, keyless ignition, and a more premium audio system. The Touring models take things even further, adding in leather upholstery, a wireless smartphone charger, and 19-inch wheels. When upgraded to its highest trim level, the 2020 Honda CR-V is nearly on-par with luxury vehicles within the same class.

The 2020 Honda CR-V is similarly equipped when it comes to automotive safety features as well. While other automakers are hesitant about adding active safety into base models, the Honda CR-V does so without hesitation. Base models of the 2020 Honda CR-V, start strong with a package that includes lane-keeping assist, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. This is an active safety package that would cost a premium price in competitor models. Higher trim models, add to an already well-dressed safety features offering, including blind-spot monitors to provide even greater driver awareness.

Shopping for a 2020 Honda CR-V at Ralph Honda

We offer a wide selection of vehicles here at Ralph Honda; however, few are as fitting to the daily needs of the average family in Rochester as the 2020 Honda CR-V. The Honda CR-V is a family-centric SUV with an edge for capability and versatility. Not only that, but the Honda CR-V is one of the most well-equipped SUVs on the market. Our sales team will gladly showcase exactly why the Honda CR-V may be a great fit for you and your loved ones.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD 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.