At a time when many manufacturers are limiting or dropping small cars from their portfolios, Honda continues to offer the Civic in a dizzying array of body styles (sedan, two-door coupe, four-door hatchback), trim levels (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, Touring, Sport Touring), and performance types (Si, Type R), for a total of 11 named variants (the hardcore Type R is so unique it's reviewed separately).
The big news for 2019 is that Honda Sensing – the brand's suite of active safety systems that features forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist – is standard across a lineup that includes manually-equipped models. Alongside these systems, the base LX boasts the typical power features plus LED taillights, automatic climate control, a five-inch LCD screen, and Bluetooth.
Progressing up the model ladder, with a few variations per body style, the Sport trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a center exhaust outlet, a gloss black rear spoiler, smart keyless push-button start, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a seven-inch touchscreen that supports an 180-watt audio system, HondaLink telematics, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stepping up to the EX adds the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Honda's LaneWatch passenger-side blind-spot camera system, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors and front seats, variable intermittent wipers, a moonroof, a rear center armrest, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and satellite and HD radio.
The EX-L includes leather upholstery, HomeLink, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, while the EX-L Navi adds navigation. Top-level Touring model additions include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, outside mirror-integrated turn signals, rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off LED headlights, a power front passenger seat, a 450-watt audio system, and satellite-linked navigation with HD digital traffic. The Sport Touring model adds sport pedals, heated outboard rear seats, a center outlet exhaust, unique front and rear fascias, and lower side sills.
In addition, while they share a number of body panels, Si coupe and sedan models are marketed separately, and all Civic trims are mono-spec, aside from accessories that are either port- or dealer-installed. With that in mind, we opt for the entry-level turbocharged model, the EX, in the following configuration:
- Model:2019 Honda Civic EX Sedan
- Engine:1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:174 hp / 162 lb-ft
- Transmission:Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Drivetrain:Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy:32 City / 42 Hwy
- Base Price: $24,320 (including the $920 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $24,320