A versatile SUV with room to spare.

2020 Honda CR-V | CarMax

The Honda CR-V has been tempting crossover buyers since the early 1990s, and is a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts, small families, and pet lovers alike. Known for its impressive cargo capacity, the 2020 CR-V now comes standard with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which was once an optional upgrade. The 2020 CR-V also comes standard with an impressive suite of driver aids, including pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Honda CR-Vs on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Honda CR-V with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year CR-Vs at CarMax:1

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $25,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $27,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $28,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Honda CR-V review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2020 Honda CR-V with AWD, 1.5L turbocharged engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • With its handy 60/40 split rear seatback, the 2020 Honda CR-V provides 39.2 cubic feet with the seats up and 75.8 cubic feet with them down.

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2020 Honda CR-V towing capacity is an estimated 1,500 lbs. with the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • All Honda CR-V models have seating for five passengers.

Engine Options:

  • The 2020 Honda CR-V comes standard with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft. of torque.
  • The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine for 212 horsepower.

Tech Features:

The 2020 Honda CR-V comes standard with these tech features:

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ (only on EX, EX-L, and Touring)


The Honda CR-V has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Generous Cargo Space

2020 Honda CR-V: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

One of the best qualities of the 2020 Honda CR-V is its cargo space. With the rear seats up, there is still plenty of room for all your passengers' luggage. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat makes it easy to expand that cargo capacity too, making the CR-V versatile enough to tackle plenty of different types of trips. Folding the rear seats down will provide you with 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

2. Great Engine Options

2020 Honda CR-V: Engine | CarMax

The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with two great engine options: a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that comes standard, and the available 2.0L hybrid that's paired with two electric motors. The 1.5L turbo engine is rated at 190 horsepower, while the 2.0L hybrid is rated slightly higher at 212 horsepower when combined with the electric motors. Both engine options are backed by a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which provides a smooth delivery of power.

3. Standard Driver-Assistance Technology

2020 Honda CR-V: Tech Dash | CarMax

2020 introduces a suite of standard driver-assistance features to the CR-V. Adaptive cruise control allows you to set your speed and let the car do the work if a vehicle ahead slows down, while the lane-keeping assistance will keep your CR-V centered in your lane. Pedestrian detection is designed to keep you aware, and automated emergency braking is designed to hit the brakes for you should an impact be imminent. These driver aids make the 2020 CR-V a great choice.

4. Available AWD

Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2020 Honda CR-V, but AWD is an available option on all trim levels of the CR-V. When equipped with AWD, the CR-V is a competent companion when the weather turns and road surfaces get tough. The Honda CR-V is popular among those who love the outdoors and want the confidence that their vehicle will get them across uncertain terrain.

5. Comfort and Convenience

2020 Honda CR-V: Front Seats | CarMax

The Honda CR-V is loaded with features that make it easy to live with, and it won't beat you up over a long road trip. Automatic climate control is standard, allowing you and your passengers to set the desired temperature and ride in comfort. All trim levels also come standard with one-touch up and down front windows, which makes stops at the ATM, car wash, and drive-through a breeze. Opting for the EX trim will get you heated front seats as standard, too.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

The 2020 Honda CR-V is available in four distinct trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

  • LX: Includes a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split rear seatback, automatic climate control, and more.
  • EX: Adds Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and LED fog lights.
  • EX-L: Adds power tailgate, leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, HomeLink® remote system, and more.
  • Touring: Provides hands-free access to the power rear tailgate, LED headlights with auto on/off, 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and more.

Available Colors

  • Aegean Blue (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Radiant Red
  • Sonic Gray Pearl (EX, EX-L, Touring)


  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats, featuring 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 75.98 cubic feet of cargo space with them down
  • Seating for five passengers
  • Seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (EX, EX-L, Touring)
  • Heated front seats (EX, EX-L, Touring)

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Honda CR-V is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Honda CR-V.1

  • 2017 - Average prices less than $25,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $27,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $28,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Honda CR-V, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Honda CR-V.4

The 2020 Honda CR-V is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Honda CR-Vs with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Honda CR-V.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $407.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Honda CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V received overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Honda CR-V, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a ruggedly handsome crossover SUV with seating for five passengers and is available with all-wheel drive (all models and years). Outdoor enthusiasts will especially like the Adventure trim package that debuted in 2018; it comes exclusively in all-wheel drive and includes a tow prep package. The RAV4 received a redesign in 2019 and includes five trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited. For 2019, the Toyota RAV4 LE includes:

  • LED headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay

Honda Pilot

The Pilot is Honda's flagship SUV and provides three rows of seating with room for up to eight passengers, and is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine. 2017 through 2019 models come with standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an available option on all trim levels of the Pilot except for the Elite, which gets it as standard. For 2017 through 2019, the Honda Pilot is available with five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Standard features on the 2019 Honda Pilot LX include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Push-start ignition

Mazda CX-5

Redesigned in 2017, the Mazda CX-5 is a popular choice in the compact SUV segment. Its 185-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the only engine option for 2017 and 2018, while 2019 introduced an optional 2.5L turbocharged version with an output of 250 horsepower. Trim levels for 2017 and 2018 include the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring models. CX-5 shoppers are attracted to its upscale approach; 2019 introduced two new luxurious trim levels, the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature, which both come standard with the turbocharged engine. The base 2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport comes standard with the following options:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Honda CR-V is a staple in the compact crossover SUV segment, and a strong choice if you're looking for an SUV that provides ample cargo capacity and generous amenities that come standard. And, the standard driver aids make the 2020 model year an excellent choice.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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