Honda’s popular Civic coupe and sedan are receiving some minor updates for the 2019 model year, with mild cosmetic changes coming across the lineup for what is already one of the best-looking Honda designs in decades, a new trim level for both body styles, and the introduction of Honda Sensing safety systems as standard equipment on all trim levels of the Honda Civic.
1. Lookin’ Good
Honda has made what it calls “evolutionary” styling updates to both the coupe and sedan versions of the Civic, with both receiving a new hatchback-inspired look for the front and rear. Up front, there’s a new grille and bumper, a full-width splitter (reminiscent of the Civic Type R), chrome side pod accents flanking the lower grille opening and updated halogen or LED headlights. There’s a new rear bumper for both models, as well as new wheel designs — including larger 18-inch wheels now standard on Touring-trim versions.
2. New Sport Trim
Not that the Civic needed more trim levels to deal with, but now there’s yet another: The new Sport trim can be had on either the coupe or sedan model. It’s a cosmetic package only; you get piano-black lower front bumper and side pod accents, while the sedan gets a rear decklid spoiler, too. There’s a rear bumper with chrome exhaust finishers that ape the Civic Si, and the whole thing rides on larger 18-inch black-finish wheels. The only engine is a non-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but you can have it with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Inside, the updated Display Audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen is standard, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and — cue the celebratory trumpets — the return of the dedicated volume knob! Huzzah!
3. Safety Now Standard
Honda has committed to making its Honda Sensing suite of safety systems standard on all models by 2022, and the Honda Civic is the latest model to get the treatment across its trim range. Honda Sensing includes a host of systems operating in concert, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and more. It’s optional on all of Honda’s vehicles across the board for 2019, but it’s now standard on all Civics from the LX to the Touring — though there’s no mention of whether it’s standard on the Si and Type R, which Honda considers to be separate models from the regular Civic.
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