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2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: What’s New?

Designed for every lifestyle, the beloved Honda CR-V has been continually impressing drivers for decades. Boasting a sporty design, relentless dependability, and a comfortable interior, the CR-V is the crossover SUV you’ve been searching for. But between the 2020 and 2019 CR-V, which model will best satisfy your driving requirements? To help you make this decision, the product specialists at Honda of Jefferson City in Jefferson City, MO, crafted this 2020 Honda CR-V versus 2019 Honda CR-V model comparison guide. Key differences between these two models, along with other important information, will be highlighted in this research guide. Peruse our online inventory for 2019 and 2020 Honda CR-V trim availability. If you have any questions, give our Honda dealership a call at (573) 893-7676 or send us a message through our online contact form.


The 2020 Honda CR-V has one engine option, while the 2019 model has two. A 1.5L turbo engine is standard on the 2020 and is an available option on the 2019 model. For higher standard horsepower and torque, we recommend the 2020 CR-V. Towing capacity is consistent across both model years. View the table below for engine and performance specs.


Engine and Performance Specs

2020 Honda CR-V

  • 1.5L turbocharged I4 engine
    • 190 HP
    • 179 lb.-ft. of torque
    • *Up to 28 city/34 hwy MPG
    • Max. towing capacity: 1,500 lbs.

2019 Honda CR-V

  • 2.4L I4 engine
    • 184 HP
    • 180 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Up to 26 city/32 hwy MPG
    • Max. towing capacity: 1,500 lbs.
  • 1.5L turbocharged I4 engine
    • 190 HP
    • 179 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Up to 28 city/34 hwy MPG
    • Max. towing capacity: 1,500 lbs.

*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.

Redesigned Exterior

2020 Honda CR-V exterior

The new 2020 Honda CR-V received several fresh exterior updates to set it apart from the 2019 model. The new exterior styling updates were designed to give the 2020 Honda CR-V a more upscale and rugged appearance. Three new exterior color options are available for the 2020 CR-V, including: Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Metallic. Additional exterior updates found on the 2020 Honda CR-V include:

  • Redesigned front bumper and grille
  • Updated headlight design
  • Dark gray machined finish 18-or 19-in. wheels
  • Dark-tinted tail lights
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Broad opening fog lights

New CR-V Hybrid

New for the 2020 model year, the Honda CR-V is now available as a hybrid! The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid delivers improved fuel efficiency so you can spend more time on the road and less at the gas pump. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is powered by a 2.0L I4 engine and two electric motors, and drivers will receive 212 peak total system horsepower. When it comes to fuel economy, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid delivers an impressive 40 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Standard Advanced Driver Safety Features

Both the 2019 and 2020 Honda CR-V boast advanced safety features, but the Honda Sensing® suite only comes standardly equipped on all trim levels of the 2020 model. Honda Sensing® gives your family better peace of mind on the road, as it utilizes the following features:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Lane departure warning

Schedule a Test Drive

Get behind the wheel of either the 2020 or 2019 CR-V when you schedule a test drive at Honda of Jefferson City in Jefferson City, MO. Call our team at (573) 893-7676 with any questions.

Blue 2020 Honda CR-V driving through bridge