2019 Honda Civic
An impressive selection of stylish trims, excellent fuel economy, and performance are all highlighted in the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan. The five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring feature upgrades that make this year’s model one of the most versatile compacts on the market. Subtle changes were made to the exterior design, particularly with the lower front fascia, and inside, notable improvements have been made to the sound insulation and the touchscreen multimedia player. And, to counteract body roll in sharp turns, the suspension now features front and rear stabilizer bars.
The ‘19 Civic provides much more than just a balanced ride and impressive handling: it boasts one of the best resale values and was awarded Kelley Blue Book’s Small Car Best Buy for the fifth year in a row. Its innovative safety features, namely the now-standard Honda Sensing package of active safety technologies, also make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Engines and Performance
The base powertrain on the LX and Sport trims remains a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. To get the turbocharged 174 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, buyers must choose the EX or higher. In the lowest two trims, a continuously variable automatic transmission is offered in lieu of the stickshift, while the top three trims only come with the CVT. There is no configuration that allows a manual transmission with a turbocharged engine; however, the top-of- the-line Touring comes standard with paddle shifters (an option on the Sport with CVT), giving drivers the joy of manually shifting gears when they choose to. The manual transmission models get up to 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, and the automatic transmission models achieve up to 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
A 5-inch touchscreen system with four speakers comes standard on the base trim and improves further as the trim level rises. The Sport gets the base four-speaker system with an upgraded 7-inch display touchscreen. The EX and EX-L get the larger screen and an improved audio system with eight speakers, while the top Touring receives an impressive ten-speaker premium audio system including a subwoofer and satellite-linked navigation system. All trims come with HondaLink, which allows drivers to connect to their smartphones seamlessly. A one-touch power moonroof and a fin-type antenna come on the EX trim and up.
The primary reason why the Civic receives high recognition for safety is the driver assist technology. Before this model year, Honda Sensing was only available as an upgrade and was standard only on the Touring. This feature now comes with every trim level and keeps drivers safe by providing lane keeping assist, a collision mitigation braking system, vehicle stability assist with traction control, and adaptive cruise control. Advanced front and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors also come installed. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure uses complex frame structures that distribute absorbed energy away from the driver and minimizes how much of that momentum is transferred to other vehicles involved in collisions.
* Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.