Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

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Open the door and take in the good-looking, spacious, and no-nonsense cabin.  From the soft leather seats standard in the Touring model to the soft, high-quality materials used, the overall impression is that this is a vehicle that costs far more than its rather humble price tag.  Overall, Honda’s build quality is unsurpassed, although I’m ambivalent about the simulated wood trim.  For simulated wood it’s quite good, but were I in a position to play designer for a day, I might have gone in a different direction.

The front bucket seats are comfortable and provide reasonably good support for longer drives.  Between the seats is a completely redesigned center console that holds more than before and features a rather versatile divider inside. The rear sports a bench seat which was deemed more than sufficient for short- and mid-range trips by several mask-wearing staffers who volunteered to be test subjects.

Standard features include a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a heated leather steering wheel, and a hands-free power tailgate.

On the infotainment front there’s a 330-watt nine speaker audio system with a subwoofer, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports spread throughout the cabin, and – what seems small in this day and age – a 7” central display. A thoughtful addition is a wireless charging mat for an iPhone or Android device.

For storage, there’s 39.2 cubic feet (1,110 liters) of space in the trunk and that expands to 75.2 cubic feet (2,129 liters) with the 60/40 split rear seats in the down position, something that is achieved with the push of a button.

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