The best-selling Honda’s vehicle in the US is going through a facelift for the 2020 season. Having this in mind, we don’t expect big changes in the 2021 Honda CR-V. As we expected, the Japanese company also launched a hybrid version of the compact crossover. So, there is nothing left for the 2020 YM. A plug-in hybrid version is possible, but it is not likely to happen. Honda will look at what its rivals are doing and then react.
Changes for the new season should launch the 2021 Honda CR-V to the top of the sales charts. Nissan Rogue and Toyota Rav4 are currently ahead. But remember, Honda didn’t offer a hybrid drivetrain. If the estimations are precise, the CR-V will return 42 mpg, which is one mpg more than the Rav4 can do. We also have to pay attention to the new Ford Escape, since the US carmaker is also preparing a hybrid drivetrain for its compact crossover.
2021 Honda CR-V Changes
The original concept is bringing a fresh design for the 2020 CR-V. New front and rear fascia, with a lot of changes inside the cabin, are there. Also, the crossover is getting a new drivetrain as well. So, the 2021 Honda CR-V is coming unchanged with all the features the new model is bringing.
As said, the ultimate goal is to record more sales. The redesign will definitely help, and we expect the best results in the following year after significant changes are made. So, the 2021 Honda CR-V will dominate the market with conventional and hybrid models in the US and Canada.
Furthermore, the 2021 YM could update the colors. Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic are the fresh paint jobs for the upcoming season. Models with conventional drivetrain also get Aegean Blue Metallic tint. Other exterior colors and the interior combinations would refresh the offer for the 2021 season since the body of the crossover is going to be the same.
CR-V Hybrid Finally Arrives in the US and Canada
This was just a matter of time. Not only the main competitors were out there offering their hybrid drivetrains, but also Honda introduced Euro-specs CR-V Hybrid last year. It was a shocking move, but the carmaker needed extra time to sort all things out with EPA. Now, the 2021 Honda CR-V is ready for buyers in the US and Canada.
Most experts predicted, and it turned out as a functional analysis – the company revisited a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle drivetrain. This system is also available for Accord sedan, and it perfectly fits the compact crossover. The combination includes the abovementioned petrol unit and a couple of electric sources of power. The total output of the system is 212 horsepower, while the company reports the drivetrain can return 42 mpg. For the comparison, Toyota Rav4 is currently the most efficient CUV with 41 miles per gallon. We are talking about city consumption, not average.
The hybrid setup is an AWD. The gasoline unit is powering front axle, while the hybrid motors are supporting rear wheels. The electric battery is positioned under the cargo floor. However, you won’t notice any lack of space compared to the standard models.
Honda Drops a 2.4 Engine
If you are not a fan of a hybrid system, then you can pick a standard configuration. It includes a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It bursts 190 hp through a CVT transmission. Buyers will choose between FWD and AWD. Neither setup is going to offer more than 1,500 pounds of towing capacity. Still, the owners praise the turbo engine, which is using a non-premium fuel but keeps the specs numbers. Also, the peak torque starts at 2,000 rpm, which is another pro for the CR-V.
The new model is not going to use a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated unit. Honda discontinues this version with the new model on the way. With 185 hp and 180 lb-ft, it was evident that a four-pot engine couldn’t keep pace with the competition. It returned worse gas mileage than the turbocharged mill, and the latter one also creates more power.
2021 Honda CR-V Release Date, Price
A 2.4-l engine was available for the base model for the current CR-V. With its discontinuation, the future of the LX trim is questionable. The turbocharged unit is coming in a pair with the EX model, and the cost of this setup will go over $28,000. That is pretty high for the compact crossover, so Honda will probably keep the base LX trim. Touring is the most loaded version, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Honda also announced Qi wireless charging for this trim level. Well, that will make the price go up. Additional options, such as panoramic sunroof, are too costly.
The main question is, how much will the 2021 Honda CR-V hybrid cost? You will find out this after the crossover hits the market in 2020. We expect to see it in the first quarter.