Hooray, no more volume slider.
For the 2019 model year, Honda decided to equip the Civic with a number interior improvements and a new sport trim to sit between the base LX and mid-level EX trims. Now, those same changes have made their way to the sportier Civic Si, which is good news. The 2019 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan will arrive in dealers starting in November, offering a few key changes on the interior. Honda hasn't drastically changed the Civic for 2019 but this mid-cycle refresh does fix a few of the minor gripes we had when we first drove the car.
The biggest improvement is the addition of a volume knob, replacing the touch-sensitive volume slider that irritated everyone who used it. Several 2019 Honda models, including the HR-V and Pilot, have gone back to the traditional knob - halleluja. Other interior changes include larger cupholders, more intuitive steering wheels controls (which we also observed in the Clarity), an improved parking brake switch, and physical buttons to control the fan speed.
On the exterior, Honda will offer a new color called Platinum white Pearl as well as a new Si Coupe-exclusive color called Tonic Yellow Pearl.
Aside from the interior changes and new colors, the Si keeps its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 205 horsepower going out through a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing for the Coupe and Sedan start at $24,300 plus an $850 destination fee. Fuel economy is identical for both body styles - 28/38/32 mpg city/highway/combined.
These small changes may not do much to drastically increase the Civic Si's appeal but it does improve most of the gripes we had with the Civic, making it a more well-rounded car.