The verdict’s in: Led by the Accord, CR-V, Odyssey, Civic and Clarity PHEV, Honda has once again been named the top-winning auto brand in Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy Awards. Netting five of KBB‘s 13 non-luxury categories, Honda has kicked 2020 off just as we’d expect. But what else is everyone’s favorite automaker releasing in the coming year—and decade? Take a look at what’s on the Hondagenda for 2020 and beyond.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
The first-ever CR-V Hybrid crossover is coming! Based on the decade’s best-selling crossover*—that’s the Honda CR-V, if you couldn’t guess—the new hybrid model is anticipated to achieve a 50% higher fuel-economy rating over the non-hybrid CR-V. Here’s what else you can expect from the all-new CR-V Hybrid CUV when it’s released this upcoming Spring (2020):
- Standard Honda Sensing
- Standard Real Time AWD
- Two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain
- A 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine
- Combined system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque
- Sport, Econ and EV Drive Modes
- Standard 5-lamp LED Headlights
- Hidden exhaust outlets
- Steering wheel paddles with regenerative braking
- Top-of-the-class cargo capacity
- Available hands-free access power tailgate, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless phone charging
- An 8-year High-Voltage Battery Limited Warranty
Even before its official release, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has earned praise by winning the coveted 2020 Green SUV of the Year award*. In doing so, the new hybrid crossover beat rivals like the Ford Explorer Hybrid, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 and Highlander Hybrid.
When can you buy the CR-V Hybrid? Honda’s 2020 hybrid CR-V will be available to buy or lease at your South Florida Honda Dealers early this year. Contact any of our Honda dealerships for updates or to make an appointment to become the first person on your block to test one out.
2020 Honda CR-V
The hybrid SUV is pre-accompanied by a refreshed 2020 CR-V lineup. The new CR-V, which is already available for sale and lease at your nearest Honda dealer, features numerous upgrades, as well as the standardization of the full Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech and a 1.5L iVTEC turbo-four.
CR-V’s redesign starts outside. A new grille, complete with fancy light housing, is set in all CR-V Hybrid trims, and new LED headlights and fog lights are plugged into the CR-V Touring model. Darker chrome trim, rear class and smoky taillights have also been added. EX and EX-L models get 18-inch wheels, while Touring trims upsize to 19-inchers. New color options are added too.
Inside, the CR-V features a remapped central console. USB ports are more conveniently located, which coincidentally enhances storage options. CR-V Touring CUVs get faux wood accents, a heated steering wheel and wireless device charging.
Most updates to the 2020 CR-V can be found in the upcoming CR-V Hybrid. So, if you’re wanting to get a feel for the hybrid model before it’s officially released, swing by your Honda dealer to test drive the newest 2020 CR-V.
Electrified Vehicles are the Future
Honda unveiled a new plan to push all-electric vehicles out in Europe by 2022—up three years from its original 2025 timeline. This pushes Honda to launch a total of six electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid models in the EU marketplace within the next two years.
Honda plans for hybrids to make up 50% of global sales by 2030, with a 15% sales target set aside for all-electric or plug-in Honda vehicles. What does that mean for American car shoppers across the pond? Expect a slew of new hybrids based on your favorite Honda models—and some unfamiliar yet popular models from other countries, like the Honda E or Japan’s electric Honda Fit—in the coming years
New Honda Airbags
Only 56% of accidents are frontal, head-on collisions; traditional vehicle airbags aren’t accounting for 44% of other crashes. Honda engineers are planning to tackle those gaps by developing all-new front passenger airbags and airbag-deployment systems.
The special front passenger airbag inflates differently than your standard safety device. On deployment, the airbag stretches outwardly, creating a recessed central panel (“sail panel”) that eases an occupant’s head immediately after an angled crash. Engineers believe this new design will offer greater protection and prevent traumatic head injuries, such as concussions or brain damage, even in slow-speed collisions.
Tests have already begun in Honda’s Ohio facilities, and engineers have noted that the Honda airbags seem to reduce the chance of “rotation-induced brain damage” by up to 75%. If this is true, expect the next iteration of Honda models to come equipped with a new Honda airbag system—perhaps even as soon as 2022.
Contact Your South Florida Honda Dealers
Want to stay updated on any new Honda happenings? We’ll gladly fill you in on any new Honda releases or model changes. Contact any of our South Florida Honda dealerships to befriend a salesperson. When something big goes down, you’ll be one of the first of our customers to know about it. Find your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location around Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to speak with our team or ask about our available Honda lease deals.
*Best-selling crossover claim based on IHS Markit US total new vehicle registrations of Crossover Utility Vehicles from 2009 through July 2019.
*For more information, see greencarjournal.com.
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