2019 Honda Civic Expert Review

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.5 Comfort 4.3 Styling 4.5 Value 4.6

Editor's Overview

Where competitors like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Chevy Cruze and Kia Forte only come in 4-door body styles, the 2019 Honda Civic offers the choice of two or four doors. The Civic also offers a broad range of models and prices, covering the spectrum from the fuel-sipping LX and sporty Si to the 306-horsepower Honda Civic Type-R.

You'll Like The 2019 Honda Civic If...

If you’re looking for a smartly styled small sedan that isn’t so small on the inside, has incredibly good resale and reliability ratings and offers a wide range of engine and trim levels, the Honda store is your one-stop shopping destination, and the 2019 Honda Civic is the reason why.

You May Not Like The 2019 Honda Civic If...

The Civic can get pricey as you climb the trim ladder, and its styling might be a bit too over the top for some. Those looking for all-wheel drive should look to the Subaru Impreza, while diesel or hybrid fans will need to shop Chevy, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai.

What's New

For 2019, the Civic gets a mild exterior upgrade and proper control knobs for the audio and heating/A/C system. The Sport trim is added to the coupe and sedan line, while Honda Sensing is made standard on all but the high-performance trims. The 6-speed manual is dropped from the sedan and coupe with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Interior Features

The 2019 Civic’s interior is full of premium materials and top-notch plastics. Ergonomics is amenable to drivers of all sizes while the large, easy-to-read infotainment touch screen also serves as the control center for audio, Apple CarPlay and the optional navigation system. The Civic boasts some of the best interior volume among compact cars. Rear-seat legroom is impressive in the sedan, but beware of the wide sills when entering and exiting. At 15.1 cubic feet, the Civic sedan's trunk is huge. Hatchback Civics boast 25.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and some 20 additional cubic feet with them down.

Exterior Features

Honda took chances when the company redesigned the Civic and they have paid off. The 2019 Honda Civic’s shape is daring and innovative, with an aggressive new front end, a long, low and wide stance and unique C-shaped taillights. The Civic sedan and coupe feature elegant sloping rooflines, while the Civic hatchback stands out with its bulbous rear end, high-mounted spoiler and the gaping fake vents on either side of its rear bumper. Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks can be spied via their center-mounted dual-exhaust outlets, while the new Si boasts its own edgier exterior cosmetics. The Type R gets a hood scoop, three exhaust pipes and a gargantuan rear spoiler.

Driving Impressions

Honda tells us its long history in racing is what allows its production cars to ride and handle a cut above the competition. In the case of the 2019 Honda Civic sedan, coupe and hatchback, we’d have to agree. The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is both satisfying to drive and remarkably easy on gas. Even base models with the normally aspirated 2.0-liter engines have plenty of zip, especially when paired with the 6-speed manual. Unfortunately, for the bulk of sedans and coupes, a turbocharged engine means a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only option, and while Honda’s CVT is one of the best we’ve tested, it's just not as sporty as driving a stick. If you want more power and better handling, you’ll have to move up to the Si or 306-horsepower Type-R, both of which come only with a manual transmission. As for the rest of the Civic line, the cars are definitely more dialed-in than a Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra, but still not as adept at cornering as the Mazda3.

Pricing Notes

The least expensive 2019 Honda Civic is an LX sedan with a manual transmission. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,350. Civic coupes cost a few hundred dollars more, and the hatchback Civic starts under $21,500. Top-line Civic models can reach the upper $20K range. While the Civic's starting prices aren't the lowest (the Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Mazda3 start less), they are in line with the Toyota Corolla.


The Civic Si coupe and sedan start at about $24,000, with their sole option being a $200 set of “summer” performance tires (a fantastic value) and a wheel upgrade. The Type R starts around $35,000. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Honda Civic.


As for the Civic's resale value, Hondas in general hold their value exceptionally well, and the Civic is no exception.

Notable Equipment

The least expensive Civic LX sedan includes Honda Sensing, automatic climate control, rearview camera, folding rear seat, and a 4-speaker AM/FM audio system with USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and 5-inch screen. The Sport adds aggressive exterior design elements and 7-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We think most buyers will prefer stepping up to at least an EX, which includes an automatic transmission, the 1.5-liter engine, remote engine start, moonroof, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, LaneWatch side-view camera, 17-inch wheels, updated audio with eight speakers (10 speakers in the coupe), a power driver’s seat, heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Notable Options

As is the Honda way, options are bundled by trim, and not a la carte as with many competitors. Exclusive to the sedan line is the EX-L that adds leather seating surfaces, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink. The top-of-the-line Touring brings 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers plus upgraded audio and navigation. Touring sedans alone receive heated rear seats and a 4-way-power passenger seat.

Favorite Features

HONDA SENSING

Standard on all but the high-performance models, the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists includes forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road-departure mitigation and low-speed collision avoidance with emergency braking. Manual models do not include low-speed follow and will deactivate around 20 mph if the driver doesn’t downshift to avoid stalling.


APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO

A feature increasingly important to smartphone-addicted drivers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow the car’s infotainment system to integrate with a smartphone, giving the driver access to navigation, music, apps and text messages without having to fumble with their phone.


Under the Hood

Two engines and two transmissions are used in the high-volume members of the 2019 Honda Civic. LX and Sport sedans and coupes use a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder available with a 6-speed manual transmission or an excellent CVT automatic transmission. Sport hatchbacks and EX and higher sedan and coupes get a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is more powerful and efficient. This engine can also be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission in the Sport hatchback, but all others come with a CVT automatic. Sport and Sport Touring Hatchbacks get a power bump, while the Civic Si pairs its 205-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo engine with a 6-speed manual as does the Type R with its 306-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. All 2019 Civics remain front-wheel drive, but while the baseline models burn regular unleaded gasoline, the Si and Type R require premium to exploit their full performance potential.


2.0-liter inline-4 (LX, Sport Sedan, Sport Coupe)

158 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

138 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (manual, sedan), 25/35 mpg (manual, Sport coupe), 30/38 mpg (automatic, sedan/LX coupe), 29/36 mpg (automatic, Sport coupe), 29/37 mpg (automatic, Sport Sedan)


1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged (LX hatchback, EX, EX-L, Touring sedan and coupe)

174 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/42 mpg (sedan), 31/40 mpg (coupe), 30/38 mpg (Touring sedan), 30/37 mpg (Touring coupe), 29/38 mpg (hatchback, manual), 31/40 mpg (hatchback, automatic)


1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged (Sport, Sport Touring hatchback)

180 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,900-5,000 rpm (6-speed manual)

162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm (CVT automatic)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg (manual), 30/36 mpg (automatic)


1.5-liter turbo inline-4 (Si)

205 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

192 lb-ft @2,100-5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/38 mpg (manual transmission only)


2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Type R)

306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (manual transmission only)

Editors' Notes

The 2019 Honda Civic continues to set the benchmark for what a compact car should be. Where competitors like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Chevy Cruze and Kia Forte only come in 4-door body styles, the Civic still offers the snug fit of a 2-door coupe. The Civic also offers a broad range of models and prices, covering the spectrum from the fuel-sipping LX and sporty Si, to the 306-horsepower Honda Civic Type-R. The Civic is big on safety, too, with a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assists standard on all but the Si and Type R. The Civic remains the resale champ in this segment, as well as one of the most reliable cars on the road, claiming KBB.com’s Small Car Best Buy award five years in a row.

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You can never go wrong with a Honda.

I have only had this vehicle for about 1 month now, but so far it has been enjoyable. The fuel economy is awesome as well as the acceleration capabilities in getting on highways and going up hills. . I purchased the basic version which I hope would have more automatic features such as seat adjustment abilities, larger screen, or more features in the climate control. Other than that, it is a Honda which I know will last for a very long time. . If I could do it again, I'd consider the ex version instead of lx, but the lx does exactly what I need it to.

- Johnny M

Ideal car for a senior citizen.

My new Honda Civic Sport is comfort, reliable, great looking and performance is excellent. I originally had a Ridgeline and it became a little difficult to maneuver due to a shoulder injury, so I downgraded to a sedan and thought it would be a difficult going from the truck to the sedan. However, the transition was very easy and I love driving it. The seats are ergonomic and comfortable. All the different gadget (backup camera, navigational, Pandora radio, hands free phone) makes my Civic idea for me. I would recommend this auto 100%.

- TERRI Y

Civic: chic and stylish for less. Watch out for that emergency brake!

Some issues with emergency brake. Do not put emergency brake on unless on hill or needed. My whole car locks up and is unable to drive if emergency brake is put on. I have had three bad experiences with this where I used the emergency brake and the steering wheel, tires, here shift and gas pedal all locked up. This was a gets simple issue to solve however. Other than this, the car is very chic and not stylish. It is a very fun car to bop around car in. Very reliable in any weather and no other complaints.

- kale R

The gas mileage is terrific.

It handles very nicely. It is not as comfortable to ride in as my other cars have been but I have gotten used to it. I am a little nervous about some of the automatic systems it has but I am sure I will get used to them. The new system that automatically brakes when you get too close to a vehicle ahead of us a little nerve wracking until you get used to it; it only has an am-FM radio and I would have liked s CD or audio tape -player but they are not available for, this car yet.

- Winnie A

A simply snazzy and perfect ride!

Packed with great features for a compact vehicle! Love the look and love the feel when on the road. Mine is a four door, though the look is extremely sporty! Fun, smooth ride. Wonderful safety features added to even the most basic model Honda civic. Drives like a dream. Very affordable. Great gas mileage, especially if you are a careful driver. Spacious interior, nice sound system, lovely decor. I highly recommend the Honda civic!

- Sara V

2019 Honda Civic Sport hatchback in its finest runs smoothly, and economical.

The 2019 Honda Civic Sport hatchback is one of the second cars I have owned and the model is one of the most reliable vehicles. The vehicle gas mileage lasts through a whole week. The manual is fairly simple to read. The model is perfect for anyone who enjoys a medium space vehicle such as the 2019 Honda Civic Sport hatchback. The features are amazing. I highly recommend.

- Veronica L

Lane departure assist pros and cons

I have only had the Civic for a few months but previously had an Accord and was more than satisfied. The civic has some features the accord did not have such as lane departure assist and automatic brake. I must admit I am not a fan of the lane departure feature. It states the steering wheel vibrates but it really feels like the steering column locks up.

- Linda K

I enjoy the new 2019 model.

The new 2019 Honda civic is very reliable. I like the enhancements from the 2016 that I previously owned. I am enjoying the Sirius XM radio trial. I also like the new cruise control options. The lane assist is nice, but I could do without it. I also like the seat warmers during the cold months. Overall I am really enjoying the new car.

- Meghan K

Superficial judgment on car.

Love my civic hatchback it is the perfect car for me and my lifestyle. Love the color also and the hands free voice commands. I wish it would have breyer Bluetooth capabilities and sometimes the smartphone assist does not work properly. Also wish the car would not beep so loud when I walk away with the keys in my pocket.

- Angela L

I have the best car ever in the history of cars.

My car is definitely the best I have ever had. It gets me to point a to point b. I love all of the features it gives me. Including first aid kit and floor mats. It also comes with good rims, good tires. The bass in it is amazing. I love absolutely everything about my beautiful car.

- kayla B

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