2019 Honda Civic Sedan

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan Review

Few manufacturers can boast a single model running for ten generations, but the fact that the Honda Civic has been going that long immediately suggests its staying power in the compact segment where other manufacturers are dropping their compacts in favor of crossovers. Offering something for everyone, the Civic Sedan is the more grown-up option of the three body styles but still trades on the strong suits of the hatchback such as a spacious, premium interior and an endearing chassis - because growing up doesn't mean you stop having fun. Against the likes of the Mazda 3 Sedan, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta the Civic faces stern competition but undercuts the mental pricing barrier with models starting under $20,000 for the first of five trims. Power is supplied by a base 158-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and an available 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo driving the front wheels through a CVT transmission, and for the purists, a six-speed manual gearbox.

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2018 Civic Sedan?

With a mid-cycle refresh alongside the Coupe, the 2019 Civic Sedan gets revised front end styling with a cleaner appearance and two new exterior colors (Platinum White Pearl and Molten Lava Pearl), while Honda has bolstered the offering by adding a Sport trim to the line-up. Safety has been increased with the inclusion of Honda Sensing driver assistance features standard across all models. Inside, the steering wheel controls have been redesigned, larger cupholders have been fitted, and more sound insulation has been added. The biggest upgrade comes in the form of an updated touchscreen infotainment system with a volume knob and physical controls, rectifying gripes with the old system.

Pros and Cons

  • Available turbo engine provides performance and economy
  • High-quality interior
  • Fun to drive, especially with the manual gearbox
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Safety features now standard
  • Touchscreen infotainment unintuitive
  • Styling not to everyone's tastes
  • Manual gearbox not available with the turbocharged engine

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX Sedan
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$19,550
Sport Sedan
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$21,250
EX Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,500
EX-L Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,700
Touring Sedan
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,400
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2019 Civic Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.7 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 55.7 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 60.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.5 in
  • Curb Weight 2,762.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Rallye Red
  • Molten Lava Pearl
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic

2019 Civic Sedan Performance

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan Engine Honda

Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

At the forefront of the Civic Sedan's arsenal of skills is an athletic chassis that enjoys being driven and rewards the driver for taking the winding route home. The steering is direct and turn-in sharp, while changes of direction are handled swiftly and without much body-roll. The Sport's suspension is particularly well-suited to enthusiastic driving with a slightly stiffer setup. But comfort is uncompromised by the enthusiastic nature of the Civic, riding pliantly on all surfaces, cushioning large bumps, and ironing out smaller ones with ease. It does so without removing the communication factor, though, which is why the Civic is the top driver's car in the segment. Where it falters, ever so slightly, is in the braking department. Despite a firm feel and good feedback, the Civic's stopping power isn't quite up to the standard of rivals from Mazda and Volkswagen.

2019 Civic Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.1 in

2019 Civic Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

2019 Honda Civic Sedan Front Seats Honda
2019 Honda Civic Sedan Back Seats Honda
2019 Honda Civic Sedan Trunk Space Honda
  • Trunk Volume
    15.1 ft³

2019 Civic Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan a good car?

The Civic Sedan delivers a complete package that soars to the top of the rankings for the compact sedan segment. Driver and passengers alike will appreciate the cavernous cabin and ample cargo space, while the high-quality materials and solid fit and finish belies the Civic's budget price tag. The updated physical controls for the infotainment are a welcome upgrade, but the system is still unintuitive and clunky to use, one of the Civic's few flaws.

But some of the Civic Sedan's best attributes lie out on the open road, where an athletic chassis beckons enthusiasts to enjoy the drive. Honda has even seen fit to equip a wonderful six-speed manual gearbox, but this comes with a caveat as the manual is only available with the less-torquey, less-efficient naturally aspirated engine, the weaker of the two powertrains available. Despite the flaws, the Civic Sedan is a comprehensive class leader ticking all the boxes. While it caters to a modicum of performance, those wishing for genuine performance should perhaps seek a Civic Si Sedan.

2019 Honda Civic Sedan Comparisons

Honda Accord Honda
Toyota Corolla Sedan Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Civic Sedan158 hp30/37 mpg$22,550
Honda Accord 252 hp22/32 mpg$26,520
Toyota Corolla Sedan 139 hp30/38 mpg$20,425

2019 Honda Civic Sedan vs Honda Accord

Even though the Honda Accord is a midsize sedan senior to the Civic in the Honda line-up, there's a certain amount of overlap between the mid-to-upper specification Civics and the entry level Accords. Being a larger vehicle, the Accord has a roomier cabin and a larger trunk, while the interior also boasts greater refinement than the Civic. Higher trim Accords are vastly more powerful, but the entry-level models share a 1.5-liter engine with the Civic, albeit offering 192 horsepower to the Civic's 174. But with less weight and more compact dimensions, the Civic not only achieves better gas mileage, but its performance feels more enjoyable than the Accord, which feels its weight even if it is one of the more athletic midsize sedans. It comes down to necessities, really, and if you require more space and prefer a more premium feel, the Accord will be better suited, but if your spatial requirements aren't huge, the Civic gives you a more enjoyable drive at an affordable price.

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan vs Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Toyota Corolla may have built up a longstanding reputation of reliability and comfort, but in this current iteration, it simply can't match the Civic Sedan overall. The Corolla's performance is staid with neither available engine offering much joy, while the ride is soft and unsporting, yet incapable of dealing with large bumps effectively. The Civic Sedan, however, gives buyers more of everything; more interior space, more cargo space, more quality, more miles-per-gallon, more performance, and more enjoyment. The Corolla may pull one back with an easier to use infotainment system, but it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The only real thing going for the Toyota is a better predicted reliability score, but that's hardly enough to recommend it over the Civic which is better in every other metric.

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