2019 Honda Civic Type R Getting $1,000 Price Hike

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, Automotive Editor - November 2, 2018

Honda is officially finished showcasing the updated Civic model for the 2019 model year, as the brand rolled out the hottest vehicle in the family: the Civic Type R. While the new Type R gets the same updates as the slightly refreshed Civic Si that went on sale, pricing has gone up by $1,000.

Despite its brief history here in the U.S., Honda is once again raising the price of the Civic Type R. The last time the automaker raised the price of the sporty hatchback was earlier this May when it increased pricing by $600. This time around, it's a larger increase, as the vehicle now carries a starting price tag of $36,595, which includes destination. As we pointed out earlier, that's an increase of $1,000 from last year.

In addition to the increase in pricing, the Civic Type R is now available in a new color: Sonic Gray Pearl. Other than that, power still comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that cranks out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, while only one trim is offered.

Just like the other 2019 Civics, the Type R gets physical buttons that control some aspects of the HVAC and infotainment systems. Buttons on the steering wheel have been reorganized, as well, larger cup holders have been added, and there's a new indicator light that tells drivers when the electronic parking brake is engaged.

The differences between the Civic Type R and the regular hatchback model are startling. For one, there's the raucous 306-hp turbo-four, which is a lot more than the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Civic hatchback puts out (174 hp). In addition to the more powerful motor, the Type R also comes with 21-inch wheels, high-performance Brembo brakes, aggressive exterior styling, a 7-inch display, sticky Continental tires, aluminum pedals, and sport seats. The Type R is all business all the time.

2019 Honda Civic Type R

The Ford Focus RS is the Civic Type R's main competitor, but production for that model ended this April. With that no longer in play, the Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI are the only ones left that can compete with Honda's sportiest offering.

The WRX STI costs $37,480, has a more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter engine (310 hp), and comes with all-wheel drive as standard. Not to mention, it's larger than the Type R. The Golf R is priced at $40,680, roughly $4,000 more than the Type R, but it's not as powerful with a 292-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and comes with all-wheel drive.

When comparing the Civic Type R to its competitors, the vehicle, even with the $1,000 price increase, is still a good option in the hot-hatchback segment. Dealers, though, continue to ask a large amount of money for the sporty model and the car isn't eligible for the same incentives as regular Civics.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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