We knew Honda’s mainstay Civic sedan and coupe, which has been bucking the trend of cratering sedan sales with big numbers, was being updated for 2019 with a new Sport model, styling tweaks and standard Honda Sensing safety tech on all models — and now we know it’s getting its second price increase in six months when it hits dealerships Oct. 10.
The 2019 Civic still will start at a modest $20,345 for the LX sedan (all prices include an $895 destination fee) with the 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission, while the LX coupe with that powertrain will start at $21,545. That’s up, however, $510 and $1,300, respectively, from Honda’s May 1 price increases for the base 2018 Civic sedan and coupe, and $630 and $1,420, respectively, from their pricing at the start of the 2018 model year. Opting for the continuously variable automatic transmission is an additional $800 for either model. The price increases decline some in the higher trim levels.
All 2019 Civics, however, will be equipped with the excellent Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistance tech that previously was a $1,000 option on CVT-equipped sedans except the top Touring trim level (where it was standard), and was only available in the coupe with the Touring trim, also standard. The package includes a front collision system with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow.
The new Sport trim level is the next step up, starting at $22,045 for the sedan and $22,345 for the coupe, both for manual versions, and like the LX offers only the 158-horsepower, non-turbo 2.0-liter base engine with six-speed manual or CVT automatic. The EX adds features, as well as a standard CVT and upgraded 174-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and starts at $24,295 for the sedan and $24,095 for the coupe. The EX-L sedan starts at $25,495 (there is no coupe version), and the top-level Touring starts at $28,195 for the sedan and $27,745 for the coupe.
The refreshed 2019’s styling tweaks sharpen what was already a refreshing Civic design with piano black grille trim and new front and rear bumpers that evoke cues of the Civic hatchback. New wheel designs include 18-inch wheels for the Touring. Inside, a new center console has improved cupholders, according to Honda, but the biggest news is that the Sport trim level and above get an updated version of the Display Audio multimedia system with a 7-inch touchscreen and (cue the trumpets!) the addition of an actual volume knob, as well as physical buttons. The new Sport is otherwise primarily an appearance package that adds more piano-black trim in the front bumper, a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips and dark-finish 18-inch wheels.
Pricing and other information for the 2019 Civic Si version, the hatchback and the Type R, which Honda treats as separate models, is still to come.
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