Refreshed 2019 Honda Civic Details Released!
2019 Honda Civic offers more standard features, revised trim options, and more ‘Sport’ badges, all around.
The tenth-generation Honda Civic, which debuted in 2015, has seen a lot of changes in the past three years and change. To be specific, according to Honda, the brand has released a new trim level, or model variant every four months, on average. It all seems to be working, as the current Honda Civic is a charmer, at all levels and price points. From the $20,000 Civic Sport hatchback, to the $24,000 Civic Si, all the way up to the $34,000 Civic Type R, there are no losers in the bunch. However, despite being one of the best selling cars in America, and on trend to being the #1 selling car in the States, Honda isn’t resting on it’s laurels.
Now, for 2019, Honda continues to implement small, but important tweaks to the winning Civic formula.
Across all models, a mild refresh has been applied, with sportier bumpers, wheels and LED lighting elements. Additionally, larger 18-inch wheels, reminiscent of the Civic Si rollers, will be available on Touring models.
Interior-wise, the biggest news is the return of some physical knobs and buttons where there once were none. In particular, with the tenth-gen Civic, Honda moved all of the radio, and most of the HVAC controls to the central display in the dash. This looks slick, but can be tricky to operate smoothly while driving. Honda as listened, and a physical knob for the radio volume will now be part of the equation. There is a time and place for fancy screens, just as there is a time and place for actual buttons and knobs. This is one of those times. Good job, Honda.
2019 Honda Civic Sport
Previously, the ‘Sport’ moniker was reserved for the excellent Honda Civic hatchback, but now, for 2019, Honda has extended the ‘Sport’ trim to both the Civic coupe and Civic sedan models. Positioned between LX and EX, Civic Sport offers the looks and features budget-conscious enthusiasts are looking for.
More aggressive exterior styling, a blend of Civic Si and the current Civic Sport hatchback, kick up the ‘want’ levels a bit. That comes fro a piano black lower front fascia, side pod accents and, for the sedan, an added rear decklid spoiler, plus a splitter-style rear lower bumper incorporating a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher similar to Civic Si. Additionally, larger 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels with Berlina Black finish complete the Sport’s more aggressive look.
The Sport trim, for the sedan or coupe features the current base engine option, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine, good for 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. That engine can be paired with a fuel efficient CVT with ‘G-Shift Control’ or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual. The CVT works well, but the 6-speed continues to be the enthusiasts’ choice.
This Sport trim also brings with it an updated 7-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, with the aforementioned volume button.
Honda Sensing now standard across all models
Following the move made by Toyota, and several other manufacturers, Honda Sensing, what was before an available option, is now standard fair across all 2019 Honda Civic sedan and coupe models. Honda Sensing, a suite of active and passive driver assistance safety technologies, will be standard on all Honda vehicles by 2022.
Honda Sensing includes a lot of safety tech, so here’s the breakdown to make sense of it all. First up is forward collision warning, where the car will alert the driver via the display to apply the brakes. Following that is collision mitigation braking, where the car will automatically apply the brakes in the event of a possible collision.
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Along with that is another cluster of technologies designed to keep you on the road in the case of a distracted, or tired driver. Road departure mitigation, which incorporates lane departure warning and lane keep assist, will alert the driver if they wander out of their lane, and, if nothing is done to correct this, will apply the brakes and tug at the steering wheel to get the car back in line. This is all paired with adaptive cruise control, where the Civic uses it’s forward-facing camera and radar to monitor traffic and automatically slow and speed up the car as necessary while navigating traffic.
Revised 2019 Honda Civic models are expected to arrive in dealer showrooms by the end of Summer.