The Honda Civic is a front-drive compact car available in sedan, coupe and four-door hatchback body styles. It competes with the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. The sedan and coupe can be powered by a standard 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 174-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, while the regular hatchback comes only with the 1.5-liter engine.
For performance-minded drivers, Honda sells Si and Type R versions of the Civic. The Si model is available in sedan and coupe form and features a 205-hp version of the turbo 1.5-liter engine. The ultra-performance Type R comes only as a hatchback with four seats and is powered by a 306-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered for the Si and Type R.
- Superb ride and handling on all models
- Great fuel economy on all models except Type R
- Sedan and hatch offer spacious interiors
- Turbo engine performance, especially in Type R
- Solid feel
- Lots of useful storage spaces
- Gas mileage
YOU WON’T LIKE
- Polarizing looks on the Type R
- Civic coupe has small trunk
- Base engine drone while accelerating
- Middle rear-seat comfort
- Muted exhaust sound (Type R)
- Type R only seats four
The 2019 Honda Civic is a compact car that slots above the smaller Fit hatchback and below the midsize Accord sedan. It is available in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles.
Standard features on the 2019 Civic will likely include a 5.0-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery and keyless entry. Available features include LED headlights, a 7.0-inch touchscreen on higher trims, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. More expensive variants will probably continue to get leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, USB ports, built-in navigation, an upgraded audio system, and power-operated front seats.
2019 Honda Civic Specifications & Transmission
The Honda Sensing suite adds a lot of worthwhile active safety features to the Civic’s standard features list. Stepping up to the Sport trim brings the Display Audio touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Moving to the EX trim brings Honda’s useful LaneWatch system, which uses a camera in the passenger-side mirror to help you keep an eye on things on the right side of the car, like cyclists in a bike lane.
Honda offers a choice of two engines and two transmissions with the Civic. Lower trims get a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that can channel its 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque through either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Upper trims get a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. Paired exclusively with a CVT, that engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The power figures of both of those engines are greater than average for the compact sedan segment.
At 25 miles per gallon city and 36 mpg highway, base Civics with the six-speed manual and the 2.0-liter engine get slightly below-average fuel economy. That same engine with the CVT boosts fuel economy as high as 30/38 mpg, which starts getting competitive with the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s 30/40 mpg. The most efficient Civics with the 1.5-liter engine and the CVT can achieve 32/42 mpg, which is near the top of the class.
|Honda Civic||4 Cylinder, SOHC I-VTEC||4 Cylinder, DOHC I-DTEC|
|No Of Cylinder||4||4|
|Power||140bhp@6500 rpm||119 bhp@4000 rpm|
|Torque||174 Nm@4300 rpm||300 Nm@2000 rpm|
What’s New on the 2019 Honda Civic?
Subtle front and rear styling changes update the looks of the sedan and coupe. Inside, there’s better sound insulation, updated trim and the addition of a volume knob and hard keys for the available Display Audio touchscreen multimedia system. A new Sport trim level slots between the base LX and midlevel EX, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features is now standard. Honda Sensing includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. (Si and Type R models don’t get Honda Sensing).
The 2019 Civic sedan and coupe come standard with a 2.0-liter I-4—on the 2018 model, the engine makes 158 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a standard six-speed manual or an optional CVT. A 1.5-liter turbo-four is optional on the sedan and coupe, and standard on the hatchback and Si models. Power output for the 2018 model is 174 hp and 162 lb-ft (167 lb-ft with the manual) on the sedan, coupe and hatchback—we’ll update this space with official 2019 Civic specs as soon as they’re available. The 2018-model-year Sport hatchback models are a little more potent at 180 hp and 177 lb-ft with the manual; opting for the CVT keeps torque at 162 lb-ft.
Si models for the 2018 model year are rated at 205 hp and 192 lb-ft. The most powerful Civic is the Type R, which features a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft. Si and Type R models come exclusively with a manual transmission.
A 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display is now standard across the board. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto paired with a reworked 7-inch touchscreen (now with a volume knob) are offered on all but the base trim.
All Civics now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, which bundles full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lane-keep assist and automatic high-beams. Standard driver-assistance systems like this make the Civic more competitive with the Toyota Corolla, which also offers a standard suite of adaptive driver safety systems. Most other cars in this class make you pay extra for features like that.
Options and pricing
The 2019 Honda Civic is offered in five trims with base prices ranging from $19,450 to $27,300 plus $895 for destination. Other than the standard Honda Sensing, the LX model is rather basic with features such as 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, power door locks, auto climate control and a four-speaker sound system with Bluetooth streaming.
The new $21,150 Sport trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, keyless access, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system and the 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stepping up to the $23,400 EX gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, heated front seats with an eight-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone auto climate control plus HD and satellite radio. The $24,600 EX-L adds leather seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a HomeLink transceiver.
Finally the $27,300 Touring model moves back up to 18-inch wheels and features LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, chrome door handles, a navigation system, four-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats and a 10-speaker audio system.
The Civic Type R set records for the quickest front-drive vehicle around a number of race tracks including the notorious Nurburgring Nordschleife. Even lower trim levels of the Civic deliver an engaging driving experience, and the high-output Type R ratchets the driving fun up considerably. It’s worth looking at the turbo 1.5-liter engine over the base 2.0-liter because it offers better performance and gas mileage.