Which 2020 Honda CR-V should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

Updated Jun 04, 2020 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?
Honda offers a gasoline and diesel option for the CR-V. Which one do you think better suits you?

The Honda CR-V has been around the automotive scene for a long time, long enough that it has been one of the popular choices for Filipino car buyers when owning a compact crossover.

It was first introduced in 1995 as Honda’s mid-range utility vehicle. The CR-V nameplate stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle” and is now on its fifth generation.

The fifth-generation CR-V is larger as compared to its predecessor. The CR-V’s has grown from a compact crossover to a vehicle that measures enough to compete with the mid-size SUV segment.

The larger dimensions of the CR-V is looking to be received well by the local market as it ranked fifth in the most sold Honda cars list in 2019.

A Red CR-V

The 2020 Honda CR-V in Passion Red Pearl color finish

Honda Philippines offers two variants for the CR-V – the 7-seater diesel and 5-seater gasoline. The 7-seater diesel has three subvariants, namely the V Diesel 9AT, S Diesel 9AT, and SX Diesel 9AT AWD (top-spec variant).

With that being said, let’s take a look at the differences between all of the compact crossover’s variants and see which option best suits you.

Honda CR-V Variants: Exterior

To start off, the variants from base to S Diesel 9AT have a measurement that spans 4,571 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width, 1,657 mm in height, and 198 mm in ground clearance. The top-spec variant is 10 mm taller and has a ground clearance of 208 mm.

The V Diesel 9AT is the only variant that uses halogen projector headlights while the rest uses a full LED auto-leveling headlights. All variants however are installed with daytime running lights. Panoramic sunroof and power tailgate are only made available for the top-spec SX variant.

Rear view of the CR-V

Check out how stylish the rear end of this crossover

For a more stylish and sportier CR-V look, Honda Philippines is offering the Touring Diesel 9AT. It basically shares the same specs with the V Diesel 9AT but has the exclusive Modulo accessories which include a front aero bumper, rear aero bumper, running board, Modulo front grille, exhaust pipe finisher, and many more.

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Honda CR-V Variants: Interior

A cost-cutting measure is conducted for the 2.0 S CVT as it is the only variant that is manufactured as a 5-seater crossover – diesel variants are all 7-seater. All variants benefit from a black leather material finish.

Interior view of the CR-V

The 5-seater configuration in the gasoline variant

The 2.0 S CVT, S, and SX variants are installed with a 7-inch touch screen advanced display audio but only the two higher variants come with a navigation feature. Smaller 5-inch display audio is installed on the V variant.

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Honda CR-V Variants: Engine and Performance

The 2.0 S CVT variant is the only variant that uses a gasoline engine. It is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that is capable of producing 152 hp at 6,500 rpm and 189 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. As the variant name suggests, it comes with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Engine view of the CR-V

The Earth Dreams Technology diesel engine found in all diesel variants

On the other hand, the 7-seater diesel variants are powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder Earth Dreams Technology DOHC i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that can generate 118 hp at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

All diesel variants are coupled to a 9-speed automatic with an electronic gear selector.

Only the top-spec SX variant comes with an all-wheel-drive with torque indicator while the rest utilize a front-wheel-drive layout. All variants come with a paddle shifter and eco assist system.

Honda CR-V Variants: Safety

As for safety, features like vehicle stability, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, emergency stop signal, low tire pressure warning, cruise control, driver and front passenger airbags, child safety lock, ISOFIX, and immobilizer come standard across all Honda CR-V variants.

However, only the 2.0 S CVT, S, and SX variants are installed with side and side curtain airbags, LaneWatch camera, and walk away auto-lock.

For the top-spec SX variant, it comes with an exclusive Honda SENSING. This driver-assistive technology comes with more safety features like adaptive cruise control, low speed follow, collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist system, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

Honda CR-V Variants: Pricing

Honda CR-V 2.0 S CVT
Php 1,668,000
Honda CR-V V Diesel 9AT
Php 1,698,000
Honda CR-V Touring Diesel 9AT
Php 1,738,000
Honda CR-V S Diesel 9AT
Php 1,868,000
Honda CR-V SX Diesel 9AT AWD
Php 2,138,000

Honda CR-V Variants: Conclusion

The CR-V is Honda’s most expensive crossover in its Philippine lineup. In 2019, the BR-V topped the CR-V in sales with 4,003 units sold. For its price, you can get a decent mid-size SUV with more space and power. So is the Honda CR-V still worth it for its price?

We can say that the 7-seater configuration can still somehow compete against the high demand of mid-size SUVs locally in terms of pricing as the compact crossover possesses a stylish exterior and high-quality interior.

A steering wheel from Honda

Inside and out, the CR-V is undeniably well designed

So which variant is the best option at its given price point if you decided to get a CR-V? If you are willing to spend for a vehicle that can both be considered as a crossover or a mid-size SUV, then you might as well get the top-spec SX Diesel 9AT.

Its AWD and Honda SENSING are features that make it relatively reasonable for its price.  

But if you are on a budget, then the base variant or the V variant would do. It’s just up to you if you want a diesel or gasoline car.

Before deciding between the two, you might want to keep in mind that the base variant has more and better features than the V variant while keeping a more affordable price tag. However, you also have to take note that the base variant comes with a gasoline engine. 

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Rex Sanchez

Rex found his passion for cars at a young age. He loves anything with an engine – which includes cars and planes. Right now, he is pleased to impart that passion for cars to a professional level under Philkotse.