2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid: First Drive Review

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Unique Hybrid Powertrain
In most driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid operates as an electric vehicle with the gas engine acting as a generator with the electric motor providing propulsion. However, under certain conditions — such as steady cruising on the freeway — it can be more efficient for the gas engine to provide propulsion, which it does seamlessly via a clutch. This combination of series and parallel hybrid operation is one of the reasons Honda’s hybrid system is so efficient.

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