STATUS: Hybrid model introduced for 2020; base 2.4-liter engine is gone - The fifth-generation CR-V continues its bar-raising ways in the compact-utility segment with the introduction of a gasoline-electric hybrid. Although not the first such model in its class - the Toyota RAV4 hybrid has been around for a while - the CR-V Hybrid should benefit from the fact that the gasoline model has been tops in sales for the past two decades. The hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that make a net 212 horsepower. That compares with the gasoline CR-V's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 190 horses. (Note that the former base non-turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder is no longer available.) The Hybrid's battery is positioned beneath the cargo floor, which allows the 60/40 rear seat to fold flat for extra storage space. Both powerplants are connected to continuously variable transmissions. Front-wheel-drive is standard with gasoline-engine CR-Vs, while an upgrade to all-wheel-drive is a relatively affordable option. The Hybrid gets standard AWD. Also standard for all CR-Vs is Honda Sensing, which includes active-safety technology such as emergency braking.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,450
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4, turbocharged (190); 2.0-liter I-4 with electric motors (212)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/32/28 (1.5, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,310