Honda CR-V: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

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Most significant changes: No changes

Price change: Gas-powered LX and EX trim levels see a $200 increase, and EX-L and Touring trims go up $300 for 2021; hybrid-powered models lose the base trim level, with other trims also seeing a small price bump. 

Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021? 2020 to avoid the small price hike. 

On sale: Now

The big news for the Honda CR-V in 2020 was the addition of a hybrid model to the lineup. For 2021, Honda’s compact SUV carries over without any changes save a small price bump. The 2021 Honda CR-V starts at  $26,470 in base front-wheel-drive LX trim, or $200 more than the model-year 2020 version (all prices include destination.) 

Related: Honda CR-V: Which Should You Buy, 2019 or 2020?

For 2021, the CR-V is again available in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trims. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models; all-wheel drive is available across the lineup. Like the base model, the EX gets a $200 bump, while the EX-L and Touring trims go up $300. 

The new-for-2020 hybrid model also sees no changes, but its base price sees a sharper increase because last year’s base trim level is gone. For 2021, the hybrid CR-V’s new base trim is the EX AWD model ($31,710, up $230 for 2021); the LX AWD model ($28,970 last year) is no longer available. The CR-V Hybrid’s higher trim levels, EX-L AWD and Touring AWD, see similar increases.  

Elsewhere in the Honda lineup, other vehicles saw some significant changes for model-year 2021. Check them out here.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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