The Civic is at its best with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. We like it because, in addition to being more powerful than the base 2.0-liter engine, it provides a significant boost in fuel economy and generally improves the driving experience.
Honestly, Honda could have sent its engineers on a yearlong vacation to Tahiti rather than task them with updating the 2019 Civic. We've been giving this generation Civic top marks since its debut three years ago, and there's nothing else out this year that's going to steal the car's title belt. But here we are anyway with an even better Civic.
For starters, the 2019 Honda Civic gets a restyled front end. The new look is subtle and helps the car look a little sleeker and less imposing. Inside, you get an updated infotainment interface that bringswith it the return of a volume knob for the Civic. This small addition addresses one of the biggest complaints we had with the Civic last year.
What's more, all Civic trims also get additional features from the Honda Sensing bundle, which is now standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist. The Civic already had several advantages over competitors, and this addition of safety equipment is yet another.
As always, there are a few notable competitors that you might want to also look at. These include the sporty Mazda 3, the weather-beating Subaru Impreza and the value-packed Kia Forte. But really, the 2019 Honda Civic is the one to beat. It has the most comprehensive combination of feature content, comfort and driving entertainment you'll find in a small sedan today.
2019 Honda Civic configurations
The 2019 Honda Civic is a compact car currently offered as a sedan or a coupe. Depending on which body style you choose, there are different trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L (sedan only) and Touring. Honda has not yet released details on the hatchback body style or the high-performance Si and Type R models, but we fully expect them to return for the 2019 model year. This review will be updated when details are available.
Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX sedan comes with a lot of equipment for the money. Standard equipment highlights include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed manual transmission (a CVT automatic is optional), 16-inch wheels (steel wheels for the sedan, alloys for the coupe), LED running lights, automatic climate control and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port. Also standard is the Honda Sensing safety package. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Sport comes with the LX equipment plus 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rear center armrest with cupholders, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with HondaLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports.
Stepping up to the EX gets you the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (174 hp, 162 lb-ft). Thanks to impressive acceleration and big fuel economy numbers (up to 36 mpg combined), the turbocharged four-cylinder is enough reason to buy an EX Civic or above. The EX also gets most of the Sport's tech equipment (including the 7-inch touchscreen) and it adds the CVT as standard along with a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat and satellite radio.
If you want a few more creature comforts, there's the EX-L, which gets leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Touring trim level essentially builds off the EX-L and adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, paddle shifters, heated rear seats and a 10-speaker audio system. Also standard is an integrated navigation system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Civic Touring Sedan (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Honda Civic has received some revisions, including the introduction of an optional 7-inch infotainment interface and adjustments to available features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Honda Civic.
Ready. Set. Civic.
The Civic keeps getting better. Since 1998, the Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car and
it’s no wonder. The redesigned exterior and impressive performance of the 2019 Civic solidify
its exciting evolution. The sport-inspired design is perfectly complemented by an available
1. 5-litre turbocharged engine, while the striking interior is designed with both comfort and
safety in mind. And with the Honda Sensing™ suite now standard across the Civic lineup
(excluding Si and Type R models), you’ll drive with even more confidence. Wherever the
road leads, the Civic will lead the way.
Make a statement
without saying a word.
Turns out, looks can get you everywhere. With a refreshed, aggressive new look and sporty, sleek
lines, the Civic Sedan looks great from every angle. Up front, available 18
" aluminum-alloy wheels,
LED daytime running lights, available LED headlights and LED fog lights give the Civic an
unmistakable presence that lets everyone know you’re coming. On the inside, the available
leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls add a refined touch, while the
available heated front and rear seats make the winter months feel like a breeze.
Those looking to take it up a notch should look no further than the available Sport trim. A refreshed
styling highlights the low, wide stance, while dynamic accent lines run the length of the car.
The restyled bumper, lower grille, deck lid spoiler, and new piano black upper fascia wing give
the Civic Sedan a stylish edge in any setting, while the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters,
aluminum-trimmed sport pedals and sport deco inserts evoke the spirit of the track. So go
ahead and be proud. Confidence looks good on you.
Two doors? Double take.
The Coupe boasts impressive exterior styling that is bound to attract stares. With a low-slung,
aggressive stance and sleek, clean lines, the Coupe stands out from the crowd wherever it goes.
Below its tough-looking shell sit standard 16" aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 18
" options on the Sport, Touring or Sitrims. Around the back, you’ll catch yourself admiring the view thanks to the signature LED taillights and taillight-integrated rear spoiler as well as the available centre exhaust finisher.
For the pinnacle of both sport and style, opt for the available Sport trim. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, aluminum-trimmed sport pedals and sport deco echo our racing heritage, while black combi seats perfectly balance both style and comfort. Once you grab the leather-wrapped steering wheel, it will all make sense.
Packs much more than a punch.
With a sporty design and innovative silhouette, the Civic Hatchback is guaranteed to get attention on the road and in your driveway. Its aggressive stance is boldly complemented by a distinctive body-coloured rear roofline spoiler and an available dual centre exhaust with chrome finisher.
The available 18" aluminum-alloy wheels and the available stylish skirt package will catch eyes
and turn heads. Plus, with the available LED headlights and a standard multi-angle rearview
camera1, you can keep a closer watch on your surroundings. Step into the Civic Hatchback
and you’ll surely stand out.
Able and thrilling.
Whether it’s a long drive, a short haul, an open road or rush hour traffic, you’ll look forward to
powering through it all with the Civic. The 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard
on the Civic Hatchback and available on the Sedan and Coupe. The 2.0-litre, 16-valve, DOHC, i-VTEC® engine is standard on the Sedan and Coupe. If you’re the type who loves control, you’ll love the standard 6-speed manual transmission (MT) on the Sedan (DX, LX, and Si), Hatchback (LX, Sport and Sport Touring) and Coupe (LX, Sport, and Si). If you just want to pop it in drive and go, the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) is everything you need. But if you’re feeling eager, the available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters make driving a truly hands-on experience. Plus, thanks to Eco Assist™ with ECON mode, the Civic is designed to help keep you on the road longer, and at gas stations less frequently.
Cut to the chase.
For Honda, racing has always been the pinnacle of automotive art. Hence the Civic Type R: an
eye-catching car for the road that just happens to hold the record lap time for a front-wheel drive
car on the world-famous Nürburgring*. From the striking red suede-effect fabric front sport seats, to the bold rear wing spoiler, to the red-accented piano black 20" aluminum-alloy wheels, there’s no hiding the racing pedigree of the Type R.