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New Honda CR-V Gets Improved LX Trim, 25 Reasons Why The EX Hits The Sweet Spot

The 2020 Honda CR-V gets an improved Base LX trim, but there are reasons you don’t want it. See why the EX trim hits the sweet spot.


Every automaker offers its base trim with a low MSRP, but it’s typically not the best trim level you should buy. It’s the same with the 2020 Honda CR-V base LX trim. For the 2020 model change, it does get a significant upgrade with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine replacing the less-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. CR-V LX also now comes standard with Honda Sensing, a suite of safety technology. But is it enough to get you to buy the base trim?

Which 2020 Honda CR-V Trim Should I Buy?

Honda designs the 2020 CR-V EX trim, as with many of its vehicles, to be the volume seller, and with good reason. It comes with all the safety technology and convenience features that hold the greatest appeal for most small SUV shoppers, and it comes at a reasonable price.

2020 Honda CR-V

How much does the 2020 CR-V cost?

The least expensive LX 2WD trim starts at $26,145 including destination, but it’s not our pick for many reasons. The LX is missing essential features that don’t show up until the EX. For $2,500 you get twenty-five extra goodies on the EX trim ($28,655), and it hits the sweet spot for buyers.

What features come on the EX that doesn’t come on the base LX? There’s a long list of extras you get for moving up to the EX trim and it’s why you should choose the EX over the base LX trim. Here are the 25 extra features you get on the EX trim and why it fits into the value spot you are looking for.

2020 Honda CR-V rear cross-traffic monitor

18-inch alloy wheels
Dual-zone automatic climate control
8-way powered driver’s seat
Privacy glass
7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
Push-button start
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
Smart Start / Smart Entry
Security system
A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Remote start
Heated front seats
XM Radio
Mirror turn signals
Heated outside mirrors
Body-color door handles and mirrors
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
2 USB in the rear
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Front tweeters (+2 speakers)
Ambient lights
Cargo cover
Auto up/down windows
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Passenger-side seatback pocket

When does the 2020 Honda CR-V go on sale? The 2020 Honda CR-V LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims should be arriving at Honda showrooms now.

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Ian Schultz (not verified)    November 16, 2019 - 9:23AM

I did not see moonroof listed in the 25 differentiating features exclusive to EX models. Honda’s EX trim is my default selection solely for the moonroof.

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