Auto review by Veeno Dewan
With new exterior styling updates and unique features, the 2020 Honda CR-V Sport is one of two new trims exclusive to Canada, along with the top-line Black Edition. Just to recap; the compact, neatly styled CR-V SUV sold over 400,000 units in the US and Canada last year – so it is major star in Honda’s vehicle line up. And no wonder, with its stellar reliability, versatility and value for money that Canadians have come to love and adore year after year.
Priced at $36,420, the Sport replaced the 2020 EX model in Canada, and arrives with a turbocharged gas engine hooked up to a six speed CVT transmission. There are plenty of added features, including: Round LED Fog lights, Chrome exhaust finishers, and dark finish 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. There are two new colour options: Sonic Gray and Radiant Red; it is actually nice to see a Honda in this shade of red paint for once and set off our test CRV very nicely –well worth the $300 premium in my opinion.
Complementing the red paint is the smoked taillights, and dark chrome on the tailgate. The Sport trim also adds: body-coloured door mirrors with integrated turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, a power sunroof (higher trims get a panoramic unit), a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports (two in front, two in the rear), and 12-way power driver’s seat. Heated seats are standard on all trims for 2020, as is remote start. The Sport also offers a heated steering wheel, and a proper volume button knob (Thanks goodness!). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims and the wireless charging pad and multiple charge ports are all very handy. The CR-V Sport also comes standard with Honda’s Homelink mobile app, which allows you to do such things as remotely start your car with your smartphone. For 2020, the Honda Sensing suite of safety aids have been added to all trims of the CR-V; and comprises: lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with auto emergency braking, and road-departure mitigation. Of course there is Honda’s wonderful camera-based blind-spot display that displays a live feed of the passenger side of the vehicle. It is simply invaluable on those rights turns in crowded city and urban areas.
A neat well designed cabin features the usual high quality materials, fit and finish expected of Honda. The dash design and ergonomics are spot on for long- distance driving- aided by the comfortable roomy seats. The CR-V features a ton of space; Rear storage offers 2,146 L of cargo space with the 60/40-split folding rear seats folded flat. With the rear perches up you still gain a 1,110 L of cargo room. There’s also an adjustable cargo floor that can be lowered to fit taller items, while as standard roof rails, offer yet more cargo carrying ability.
On the road, the CR-Vs four-cylinder’ motors along with its modest 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque. There is a little turbo lag and the engine and tranny seem well matched Despite the Sport moniker , the CR-V isn’t going to break any 0-60 kph acceleration times or speed records, but offers crisp, well -modulated performance for everyday driving. On road handling and steering is fine, sharp, direct and with no real drama. Well-tuned suspension helps over not- so – good roads, and generally I had no passenger’s complaints in the quiet comfortable cabin. NATURAL RESOURCES Canada rates the Honda CR-V at 8.7 L/100 km in the city and 7.4 L/100 km on the highway for a combined figure of 8.1 L/100 km
Minor niggles? Well a second proper knob for radio tuning would be nice – not really feeling the touch controls. Meanwhile the CTV drone from the transmission can be a bit wearisome.
To sum up, the Honda CR-V is amongst the top SUVs out there. It’s a segment buster in terms of cargo volume, features, versatility and high resale. Stellar fuel economy also makes it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid AWD crossover of its size. Highly recommended for families everywhere.
2022 Honda CR-V Sport. Priced from: $36,402