Honda CR-V — which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? I would say that most people buy and spend the most during the end/beginning of the year, and it’s no different when it comes to vehicle purchases. Weather and the holidays also plays a part in it, as winter time is when you really need a reliable method of transportation especially for work commuting… and for dealerships, it’s also when they need to make room for the newer models and year.
I finally said goodbye to my trusty Toyota on Veteran’s Day. After having my new ride for 3 weeks now, I’ve driven it enough times (and even on a long holiday travel) to leave a well-informed review.
I had wanted the 2020 Honda CR-V, but unfortunately none of the dealerships had any in their showrooms yet, as Honda had just released it that week (along with its pricing). I went with the 2019 because I needed a new car ASAP, and didn’t have the patience to wait for one to be transported in a few days. I got the 2019 EX, AWD… The biggest changes in 2020 is for the base LX trim; it’s worth getting the next trim up (the EX) if your dealer only has 2019 on hand though… which was my scenario.
Why should you get the 2019 instead of waiting for delivery on the 2020?
Well, besides from not driving off with a car right then and there at the dealership — unless you’re getting the LX, the next trim (the EX) has everything that the 2020 has (but at a few hundred dollars less for 2019).
All 2020 CR-Vs do get new front and rear bumpers though, and revised headlights and tail-lights… if that matters to you. EX and EX-L trims also get a new alloy wheel design and the top Touring trim gets new 19-inch wheels (up from 18). The main change inside is a revised center console that moves a pair of USB ports to the front (but as someone with kids, I like the ports in the back, which is the design in 2019 models).
The 2019 Honda CR-V, EX is a compact SUV (what the industry calls a “crossover”) that can seat up to five adult passengers. It comes standard with a 190-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder CVT (this is the newest kind of transmission that is out in the market, I had no idea what a CVT even was and had to use Google). Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional… I got the AWD.
The midrange EX trim level adds appealing features like remote start, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, a touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. Honda Sensing includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control… among other flashy extras.
The Honda CR-V is a roomy compact SUV with great in-cabin storage amenities. The available turbocharged drivetrain feels overburdened though, and the brake-pedal feel is disappointing. Also, as cars are also more technological — you’ll need to spend a full day reading the owner’s manual, watching YouTube videos, and hands-on figuring out how to operate the vehicle. It’s kind of like getting a new phone; back in the days of flip-phones there wasn’t much to figure out, but now there are legit tutorials from the manufacturers on how to operate your latest smartphone… same with cars, Honda even has its own YouTube channel.