The Honda Civic is available in three body styles – sedan, two-door coupe, and four-door hatchback – and no fewer than eleven named trim levels distributed among those shapes. There are whole car companies that offer fewer model choices than the Civic lineup. (One of those trim levels, the hardcore speed-machine Type R, is enough of its own creation to be covered in a separate CarsDirect article).
The Civic generally follows the standard Honda LX-EX-Touring trim level progression, with a few variations per body style tucked into the mix: the EX-L sedan includes leather upholstery, for example, and the hatchback features Sport lines unavailable on its trunked sisters. The Si coupe and sedan stand apart from the ladder of mainstream offerings. Most options are either low-priced port- or dealer-installed details, like cargo bins and wheel locks, or overpriced dress packages for the Sport and Si models.
One of our few frustrations with Honda's trim and option setup is that the Honda Sensing safety suite - automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruse control, and other sensor-assisted safeguards - is only available with the continuously-variable transmission (an $800 option when not standard), depriving safety-minded drivers of the joys of Honda's excellent six-speed manual gearbox.
With that in mind, we still recommend Honda Sensing for most drivers and include it as part of the following configuration:
- Model: 2018 Honda Civic EX-T Sedan
- Engine: 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 174 hp / 162 lb-ft
- Transmission:Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 32 City/ 42 Hwy
- Options: Continuously variable transmission ($800), Honda Sensing ($1,000, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control)
- Base Price: $22,490 (including $890 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$24,290