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Close-up on a steering wheel and dashboard display inside a 2020 Honda CR-V.

What are the performance capabilities of the 2020 Honda CR-V?

2020 Honda CR-V Performance Specs

The 2020 Honda CR-V was last redesigned for the 2017 model year. Each year, it’s continued to boast the substantial strengths of that model, with select improvements and alterations being made. For 2020, performance gets a pleasant boost thanks to the standardization of the vehicle’s turbocharged engine; the previously-standard naturally-aspirated four-cylinder has been tossed to the wayside. With this exciting news in mind, you’re likely wondering: what are the performance specs and capabilities of the 2020 Honda CR-V?


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Engine

The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in every trim level, which manages to pump out 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. This engine proudly boasts ample power and swift acceleration that will satisfy the needs of most crossover drivers.

Transmission

The 2020 Honda CR-V comes standard with a continuously-variable automatic transmission. This shifter has been praised as being smoother than that of rivals. An available Sport mode brings added responsiveness to the 2020 CR-V, keeping in mind that this is still a practicality-oriented crossover SUV and not a sports car.

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive is available as an option for the 2020 Honda CR-V. This feature is great for enhancing off-road capability and the ability to traverse a multitude of terrain. It can help your vehicle get moving in the snow and other slippery conditions, although note that it is not an all-encompassing solution for handling in inclement weather.

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Fuel Economy

With front-wheel drive, the 2020 Honda CR-V gets up to 28 miles-per-gallon in the city and 34 on the highway. When fitted with AWD, those figures drop by one mpg, respectively.* These are, frankly, fantastic figures for a nonhybrid compact SUV. The 2020 CR-V also runs happily using regular unleaded gasoline, unlike many rivals.

Handling

The 2020 Honda CR-V has been praised for its comfortable ride, which is an important perk for a commuter/compact family vehicle. The handling is slightly weaker than a few more performance-oriented rivals, but the ride benefits from minimal body lean and responsive steering. A cushy suspension soaks up road imperfections with admirable poise.

*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.
God performs a cosmic weighing of the volume of Honda automobiles produced Vs. Honda motorcycles.

Does Honda make more cars or motorcycles?

Honda Cars Vs. Motorcycles

To some, Honda is primarily a car brand. But to others, the first association that comes to their mind is motorcycles. After all, the biggest Honda products are automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment.

So which does Honda make the most of? Does Honda primarily make cars or motorcycles?

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Honda makes more motorcycles than cars, taking into account both the full span of their history and the most recent production year. Motorcycles are smaller and simpler than cars, and thus cheaper and faster to both build and purchase. They may especially benefit from sales in developing countries where many people do not have money for cars (which may also be too large to be practical in the crowded streets), but who can improve their state-of-living by purchasing a motorbike.

Sure, Honda makes more motorcycles than cars. But what about bicycles?

How many cars and motorcycles has Honda built?

Since their first motorcycle was released in 1949, Honda has made over 400 million motorcycles. The automaker reached this milestone just last year, in December 2019. The feat took seventy years to accomplish.

A figure representing the total number of automobiles built is not so readily available. However, Honda did report selling 5.3-million automobiles in the 2019 fiscal year. While being 124,000 more automobiles than they sold the previous year, this figure was still far below the 20.3-million motorcycles sold by the conglomerate. Of their total automotive sales, more than 40 percent occurred in Asia.

Did Honda originally make cars or motorcycles?

Honda made motorcycles before they made cars. Their first motorcycle, the D-Type, or “Dream,” came out in 1949. The first automobile (actually a mini pick-up truck known as the Honda T630) went on sale in 1963.

Originally, however, Honda did not sell cars or motorcycles. The company formed in 1937 to make piston rings, and began to grow in success when they won a contract to supply the part to Toyota.

A woman sits and wonders about a bicycle.

Does Honda make bicycles?

Honda Bicycle Production

Honda is renowned for making excellent motorcycles and automobiles. Every year, the conglomerate pumps out a plethora of quality machines. They’ve also tried their hand at some other methods of transportation, such as jet skis.

But what about non-motorized vehicles, such as skateboards, skis, or… bikes? Does Honda make, or have they ever made, a bicycle?


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Honda RN01 Racing Bike

While Honda does not make bicycles for the commercial market, they once made a downhill racing bike known as the Honda RN01. This bicycle was created with the goal of dominating the 2003 Japan Series and World Cup competitions. It has never been made available for consumers, nor has a price ever been announced.

How was the Honda RN01 made?

To create it, the motorcycle and research division of Honda Japan worked with Kayaba Industry Co. Ltd., a company known for working on things like F1 powerboats, snowmobiles, and skyscraper dampening systems. The brainiacs on each team put their heads together to design an in-frame suspension system that could translate unsprung weight into power.

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Are Honda bicycles available for purchase online?

Bicycles claiming to be made by Honda can sometimes be found online, but these are almost certainly not legitimate. We recommend the utmost wariness when dealing with such questionable products.

An example of one presumably knockoff Honda bike is offered for sale on the website overstock.com. Listed under the name “Honda Racing 24-inch Mountain Bike,” this product lists being released in 2007 with its country of origin being China. There are a few rather questionable-sounding positive reviews written in stilted English, all of which put strong emphasis on the bike being “great.”

The most recent review is a one-star rating from a proclaimed bicycle mechanic who states that there is nothing “racing-oriented” about the Honda Racing 24-inch Mountain Bike aside from the multitude of stickers plastered callously across its body. He then does a thorough job of deriding the flaws of the bicycle, which turn out to be, well, basically everything.

One unfortunate buyer, with the username “grandpa,” asks in the question and answers section why the “left peddle and arm (whole assembly)” of his Honda Racing 24-inch Mountain Bike, “keeps coming off.” Luckily, it appears the product has been out of stock for quite some time, thereby sparing any more unwary buyers from such a presumably traumatic experience.

A driver screams in terror as he realizes his car is a robot.

Are there any new cars that aren’t full of electronics with “everything connected?”

Finding a Bare-Bones Vehicle

There are obvious benefits to the plethora of safety features and electronics in modern vehicles. In fact, we find most consumers to be climbing over each other in enthusiasm as they try to get the vehicle with the most of these cutting-edge gizmos.

However, there are some downsides as well; notably, maintenance costs have increased drastically, and, if you’re mechanically inclined, you likely find it harder to perform maintenance on your own vehicle, resulting in less of a personal connection with your ride than in years past. Many of us continue to understand less and less about the vehicles we drive, and it can be alienating.

What if you want to buy a new car that keeps things simple? Are there any new cars that simply aren’t loaded with safety features and electronics, with everything hopelessly connected inside?


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Though it is possible to find a car that has less technology than others, it gets more difficult every year. Automakers just keep packing in new systems in their ongoing efforts to maximize safety, convenience, connectivity, infotainment, performance, and all the other elements of the vehicular experience.

How can I find a low-tech car?

If you’re after a low-tech vehicle, seek out base models or models that are late in their life cycle. Reviewers will likely refer to such models as “outdated,” but it sounds like that’s just what you’re looking for. Because such under-equipped vehicles are less popular than heavily-outfitted versions, you may have to ask a dealer to special-order them for you.

An alternative option is just to check out pre-owned inventories and seek out a vehicle that’s a few generations old.

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Why is it impossible to get a modern vehicle with no computers inside?

Computers are used in vehicles to manage the engine, helping to increase fuel efficiency and control emissions. With each year, more safety systems become mandatory, and the majority of them require computerized technology. For example, all new or redesigned models now require backup cameras, which means a screen upfront is a necessity.

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Should you insist on OEM parts when you have your car serviced?

When you need service or repairs performed on your vehicle, the term “OEM” may drift up from somewhere deep in the nether regions of your mind. The moniker stands for “Original Engine Manufacturer,” and some automotive geeks insist that it’s all you should use in your ride.

OEM parts are, as the name suggests, produced (and endorsed) by the same brand that built your vehicle. They have some obvious benefits; you can be certain that they will fit and work optimally with all the other pieces in your machine. But they can also be more expensive. Should you insist that OEM parts be used when you have your car serviced?

We recommend using OEM parts when your vehicle is serviced because they are the safest, highest quality parts. They will be the best fit available for your particular vehicle. They will also be easier to choose, because there is likely only one option for each part you need.


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Benefits of OEM Parts in Vehicle Service

When using OEM parts, quality is assured in more ways than one. Many automakers provide a one-year warranty on their OEM parts. In addition, the trained and certified service team at the OEM dealership will stand by their labor and provide support if something goes wrong.

To get OEM parts, the easiest option is to go to a dealership’s official service department (such as, for example, ours here at Pohanka Honda!) This will ensure OEM parts are being used in your vehicle.

Independent service shops typically use aftermarket parts. While not all aftermarket parts are bad, they do vary in quality much more than OEM. This means there’s greater risk in their use, and more research should be used to determine if the parts being used are actually right for your vehicle.

Silver 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid drives across a bridge.

When is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid coming out?

Many of us here at Pohanka Honda are dangerously excited for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Not only will it be the first hybrid incarnation of the most popular Honda model, but it will be the first hybrid SUV from Honda, period. How long do we have to wait? When is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid coming out?

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Expected Release Date

Honda states the expected release of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid as “early 2020.” Other sources say spring 2020, while others still refer to the “first quarter of 2020.” Whichever terminology you prefer, it seems clear that we will be able to enjoy the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid by the summer of 2020.


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Why are we excited for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

As we pointed out above, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid SUV ever. And it’s coming to the CR-V, the most popular Honda model of any body type. Not only that, but it will be the most powerful CR-V configuration available.

The 2020 CR-V Hybrid boasts an advanced hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive. That’s right: standard all-wheel drive. On every trim level.

What engine is used on the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

Under the hood lies the third-generation 2-mode hybrid system that’s also utilized by the Accord Hybrid. It pumps out a total of 212 horsepower, with 232 lb-ft of torque. That’s the most powerful powertrain offering in the CR-V lineup.

But this is a hybrid, so what about the fuel economy? Official MPG ratings for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid have not yet been provided.

What other hybrid models does Honda offer?

As of this writing, Honda produces three hybrid models: the compact Honda Insight, midsize Honda Accord, and plug-in midsize Honda Clarity. Honda aims to offer electrified vehicles across two-thirds of its model spread by 2030.

Two silhouettes cross a street in front of a line of headlights in a nighttime snow storm.

Tips for Winter Driving on the Delmarva Peninsula

How can drivers stay safe while driving in ice and snow?

Winter has come early this year, and though fall is still fighting valiantly to fend it off, we know in the end it will be a losing battle. And so we must again accept the inevitable.

But while we can’t stop winter from coming, we can do our best to be prepared. Once the snow really starts to fall and the roads freeze over, how can one stay safe in Salisbury and the surrounding areas? Here follows a variety of helpful tips, with information courtesy of our good friends at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.

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Prepare Your Vehicle

Before the season starts, (or as soon as possible), have your vehicle serviced. A service department should closely inspect your vehicle’s battery, cooling system, windshield wipers, defrosters, and tires. Also, fill up your wiper fluid reservoir with high quality no-freeze fluid.

When Driving:

  • As always, buckle up and ensure your passengers do so too.
  • If there’s a snow emergency, stay off the road if you can. If you can’t, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and drive with caution.
  • Don’t think you’re invincible because you have four-wheel drive; such vehicles are actually just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as those with two-wheel drive.
  • If you start to skid, don’t slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid.
  • Give plenty of extra distance to other vehicles. Especially snowplows. This will provide you with the necessary extra stopping space.
  • Remember that bridges and ramps are the first to freeze, so be especially careful on these.
  • Never try passing a snowplow or salt truck. They don’t have great visibility, and something bad could result. It’s recommended drivers stay at least 25 feet (three car lengths) behind a snow emergency vehicle.
  • If you do get stranded, the safest place to wait for help is in your car. Just be careful not to run your vehicle for too long with the windows up or in an enclosed space. This is to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. For the same reason, clear your exhaust pipe of any snow and just run the engine sporadically; enough to stay warm.

Before Every Drive:

Before heading out into the Winter Dangerland, make sure your car is properly prepped for the drive; though we don’t have time to get into the details here, there are a variety of items you should have with you in your vehicle. Also make sure that all snow and ice is removed from your car before you go. This is in addition to the seasonal maintenance mentioned above.