The year: 2020. Five Honda models—Civic, Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid—have landed on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards of 2020 list, with the automaker’s first-ever hybrid SUV cresting over the horizon. The future has never looked brighter with Honda leading the way. So, what else does one of the best-selling auto brands have in store for us in the coming decade?
First-Ever CR-V Hybrid: Arriving Early 2020
Following up the gas-powered 2020 CR-V is Honda’s first foray into hybridized compact crossovers. The first of its kind under the Honda umbrella, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid carries over a lot of the CR-V’s features—notably standard Honda Sensing, a refined center console, new LED headlights, handy storage compartments and wireless device charging, to name a few updates. However, the hybrid CR-V can proudly stand on its own.
The hybrid crossover adds an advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain with Real-Time AWD, which is expected to achieve fuel economy that’s 50% greater than the non-hybrid CR-V model. Its battery is covered by an extensive 8-year High-Voltage Battery Limited Warranty, as well (for peace of mind). Other expected features include:
- EV, Econ and Sport driving modes
- Special 5-lamp LED headlights
- Camouflaged exhaust
- Regenerative braking
- Class-topping cargo capacity
- Hands-free power liftgate
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Available 19-inch alloy wheels
- Blue-accented Honda emblems
The new 2020 Hybrid CR-V should be available to buy or lease at a Honda dealer near you in early 2020. Contact one of our Arizona Honda dealerships near Phoenix to get updates or schedule a test drive in advance. With luck, you can become the first of your neighbors to dress up your driveway with the country’s first Honda CR-V Hybrid.
Honda’s New Passenger Front Airbags
Innovation has always been Honda’s forte. It’s no surprise, then, that Honda has developed a new airbag that’s designed to better protect front-passenger occupants in front-end and angled collisions.
Currently being tested in Ohio, Honda’s next-generation airbags are a breakthrough in terms of vehicle safety. Unlike traditional airbags, which inflate outward from a single point, Honda’s airbags utilize four inflatable compartments and mechanisms: three compartments in the center and to the sides of the dash, and one a special compartment for its unique “sail panel.” The sail panel acts as the primary safety device to mitigate head trauma, as it cradles and more naturally decelerates the passenger’s head after a crash.
Should all tests confirm what Honda engineers suspect—that the airbags reduce the rate of crash-related head and neck injuries—we should begin seeing these new airbags in Honda vehicles within the next few years.
Are More Honda EVs Incoming?
Across the pond, Honda has pressed for all-electric manufacturing by 2022. That means Europe will be seeing six new EV, PHEV, and hybrid Honda vehicles in just 24 short months. Around the globe, Honda is targeting 2030 as the year to begin making the switch from gas-powered to hybrid and electric vehicles. Within a decade, Honda expects 50% of its sales to come from non-gas-powered models.
For us in the States, this is a sign of things to come. Rumors are already swirling over Honda’s cryptic plans for “modular hatch EVs” to find their way on American soil.
Electrification is high on the list for Honda, and a new EV platform is the first step to get there according to Ayumu Matsuo, Honda’s manager of the Power Unit Development division. “This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging,” stated Matsuo. “We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models.”
Perhaps a wider rollout of the Clarity and Insight will help ease Honda—and its customers—into the decade of electric cars.
Redesigned 2020 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline, one of the nation’s most useful and practical pickups, is in the midst of a makeover. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline, which should be available for sale and lease at your Valley Honda Dealers location any minute now, features some enticing new updates.
For 2020, Ridgeline adds a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and removes its RT and RTL-T trims, reducing its trim options to four: Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition. Sport and RTL Ridgeline models now feature standard Honda Sensing, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. Replacing the 5-inch display inside is a newly standard 8-inch touchscreen, and the lauded rear tailgate can now be paired with available remote lock/unlock.
Contact Your Valley Honda Dealers in Arizona for Updates
Stay up-to-date on everything Honda’s got loaded in the cannon! Contact one of our Arizona Honda stores for details on the CR-V Hybrid, 2020 Ridgeline or any other newsworthy news. Our Honda dealers serve the entire Phoenix area, including Surprise, Mesa, Avondale, Chandler, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe and Prescott, AZ. Request a quote today.
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