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2020 Honda Model Year Changes



2020 Honda Accord

The smaller engine is no longer offered in the Accord Touring, only the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder.


2020 Honda Civic Sport Touring Hatchback

The Civic Hatchback gets a refresh for 2020. The front lower corner grilles are the most apparently changed items, but new bumpers and main grilles are subtly changed. Headlight lenses are darker, on Sport Touring the light output is improved.

The Sport Touring Hatchback is now offered with a six-speed manual, revising a complaint that stick shifts were only offered on lower trims. The higher-output 1.5 turbo standard on the Sport and Sport Touring Hatchback gets a slight bump in torque: up to 180 pound-feet.

The Adaptive Cruise in the Hatchback gets an upgrade with the CVT transmission: Low Speed Follow, which will allow traffic jam occupants to let the car move with traffic, stopping when necessary.

Civic Si

A refresh to keep up with the regular Civics gives the Si a new set of front lower corner fascias with body-colored horizontal dividers above the fog-lights, now LED powered. Headlights trade projector halogen for LED, similar to Civic Touring. A new rear bumper and new matte black wheels round out the changes on the outside. Inside red accents throughout make the Si feel sportier.

A 6% faster final drive ratio gives the little racer more spunk, but as a result fuel mileage rating loses two MPG on both cycles, down to: 26 city/36 highway. So you sound faster, Active Sound Control pipes engine noises in through the radio when you drive aggressively.

Civic Si joins most other Hondas with standard Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System (automatic emergency braking), Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation (detects leaving the marked road and helps safely steer back) and automatic headlight high beams.

Civic Type R

2020 Honda Civic Type R

The Type R gets a lot of enhancements, including better brake rotors and pads, more cooling for the engine, tweaks to the suspension for grip and comfort, Active Sound Control to enhance engine sound in the cabin, and a fancier steering wheel and shifter. Exterior changes are subtle (unlike the Type R itself) and are similar to the changes on the other Civics. Basic specs don't change. On the safety front, Honda Sensing is now also included on the Type R, meaning it is standard on all Civics. It includes Lane Departure Warning with active correction, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System (autonomous automatic braking), Auto High-Beam Headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control. The price is up by $1355, now $37,950.

2020 Honda Civic Type R at 2020 Chicago auto show

At the Chicago Auto Show

Clarity Fuel Cell

2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Outside mirrors are now black. The audible warning system is improved. Cold-weather operation is improved.


2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The CR-V gets a significant refresh, including its first hybrid powertrain. On the non-hybrid side, the old 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is banished, making the 1.5 turbo standard on all non-hybrid CR-V models; this engine is unchanged except for the addition of standard idle-stop to improve fuel mileage in traffic. The CR-V Hybrid gets essentially the powertrain of the Accord Hybrid, with its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 212 net horsepower, but with standard all-wheel drive.

The CR-V Touring now features 19-inch wheels with 235/55R19 tires. It also has a new wireless charging feature for compatible phones and a heated steering wheel.

Overall length is up by one-and-a-half inches, featuring new bumpers, headlight designs, foglight design, a new grille and redesigned wheels. Inside a redesigned center console gets relocated USB ports

Forward collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and auto on/off headlights, automatic high beams are now standard on all trims.


2020 Honda Fit

HondaSensing no longer offered on Fit LX or Fit Sport. The suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation and auto high-beams, is now standard on Fit EX and EX-L.


2020 Honda HR-V

No changes.


2020 Honda Insight

No changes.


2020 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey gives up its 9-speed automatic on lower models as all trims move to the 10-speed. Automatic engine start-stop is also standard on all models. Prices are up about $500-$750.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary an accessory package with chrome accents and 25th anniversary badges can be added by dealers. The package is $1500 or, for $2800 it includes 19-inch unique anniversary wheels.

Interesting tidbit: the 10-speed automatic and auto start/stop hardware weighs 42 pounds more than the 9-speed.


2020 Honda Passport

No changes. Price goes up $50, except Elite, up $150.


2020Honda Pilot Black Edition

A new top-level model, Black Edition, is based on Pilot Elite, but with a full blackout treatment. Inside, exclusive red accent lighting and red stitching sets it apart from a run-of-the-mill Elite model.

All models increase by $200. Black Edition adds another $405 over Elite.


2020 Honda Ridgeline

A significant re-engineering moves the Ridgeline to a nine-speed automatic (previously six-speed), eliminates the base "RT" and the "RTL-T" trim and makes Honda Sensing® standard. Idle-Stop, Honda's system to turn off the engine whenever the vehicle comes to a stop, is now in place on the Ridgeline. Fuel mileage remains about the same.

Exterior design and dimensions are the same, but curb weight, miraculously, is down by about 40 pounds.

Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist, all part of Honda Sensing® and previously only available on Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition, are all now standard on all models.

With the elimination of the Ridgeline RT, rear air-conditioning with separate temperature, fan and vent controls, exterior temperature indicator, HomeLink® remote garage door openers, fog lights and Smart Entry are now standard on Ridgeline. HondaLink®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ are also now standard.


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