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Green Car Journal Says CR-V Is The Best, EPA Reports Honda Lineup ls The Greenest

The 2020 Honda CR-V gets awards from Green Car Journal as being the best green SUV. See what the EPA has to say.

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If you want the most environmentally friendly vehicles, Green Car Journal says to put the 2020 Honda CR-V and all-new CR-V Hybrid compact SUVs on your Black Friday shopping list. The two vehicles win the magazine’s prestigious 2020 Green SUV of the Year. The Toyota Corolla Hybrid scores 2020 Green Car of the Year.

Green Car Journal says if there were more environmentally-positive vehicles like the Honda CR-V on the nation's highways, there would be a “significant reduction of carbon emissions and fuel use over time.”

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Badge2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

That’s a strong recommendation and the EPA backs those statements up with specific data. They don’t just talk about the CR-V, but say the entire Honda lineup uses more fuel-efficient technology than any other brand.

The EPA automotive trends report shows Honda uses Direct Injection engines (76%), Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT- 63%), Turbocharged engines (44%), Cylinder deactivation (25%), 7+ gears in their transmissions (24%), Stop-start technology (5%) which all help to reduce CO2 emissions and increase fuel economy.

Blue 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Side View2020 Honda CR-V

The CR-V gets more efficient with the introduction of the all-new 2020 CR-V Hybrid. The new compact SUV uses Honda's two-motor hybrid system to deliver an expected 50 percent fuel economy increase over the gasoline model.

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid only comes with all-wheel-drive and the gas model gets an EPA estimated 27/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. A 50 percent increase would give the Hybrid 43 combined mpg. In comparison, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets an EPA estimated 40 combined mpg.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Rear View

Other contenders for this year's Green SUV of the Year were the Ford Explorer Hybrid, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and Toyota RAV4.  By virtue of their notable “green” credentials and environmental achievement, the 2020 Honda CR-V also wins Green Car Journal's prestigious 2020 Green Car Product of Excellence award.

According to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, called “The Environmental Performance of Car Companies”, the Honda CR-V was found to be the most-improved clean vehicle in the small SUV segment. The 2020 Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid should be on your shopping list if you want an “environmentally-positive” vehicle.

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digitaldoc (not verified)    November 27, 2019 - 11:11AM

As we don't have official EPA numbers for the new CR-V Hybrid, this is quite premature. It is also not green to buy a regular CR-V, with its oil gas dilution issue that is ongoing, and likely to have some premature engine failures, with premature retirement of those vehicles. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is really a better green choice for many, and has some real fuel economy numbers behind it.