Touring 4dr Sedan
2019 Honda Civic

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There’s a version of the Honda Civic for everybody, and all of them come with fantastic powertrains complemented by superb interior packaging. The sometimes frustrating technology is the only sore point to this fun and spacious compact car at the top of its segment.

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If the ninth-generation 2012 Civic was considered a sizeable step back, the tenth-generation 2016 Civic represented two giant steps forward for the nameplate and the entire lineup. The mildly facelifted 2019 Civic expands on that progress by introducing a Sport trim for the sedan that offers a six-speed manual transmission. But don't think of the long, lean four-door as a trunked version of the more expensive Sport hatchback with its more powerful turbocharged engine. The sedan, which Honda describes as "entry-level performance," aims at the hearts of budget-conscious and first-time buyers seeking sedan sobriety leavened by a touch of old-fashioned Honda fun. Cosmetic changes across the lineup for 2019 introduce a gloss black grille, a wider, more sculpted lower bumper, and repositioned Honda Sensing gear to add symmetry to the lower front intakes. The Sport trim goes without the chrome accents around the front fog lights found on the other four trims — LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. And unlike those other variants, the Sport sedan slots a trapezoidal exhaust finisher into a four-fin, diffuser-like insert. Inside, the instrument binnacle glows with red lighting, the pedals are made of aluminum, it has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and it features the nicer infotainment system with a 7-inch screen (and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration). Honda added more sound deadening to every Civic to quell cabin noise, but our tester still fussed it up on certain road surfaces. The standard Honda Sensing safety suite makes a welcome addition, albeit with the same rough edges we encountered in our 2019 Honda Passport Elite review. The lane keeping assist system is so eager to find a line that on wide roads without markings, it'll veer side-to-side seeking a painted edge. The "BRAKE!" icon strobes in the digital screen disconcertingly often, and often with little cause. As on the Passport, the Civic uses the previous-generation Honda Sensing, doubtless the cause for most foibles. Because the safety package's pros far outweigh its cons, and since the Civic costs less than half the price of the Passport Elite, we take no offense. On the daily commute or weekend errand, the sedan typifies the economical decorum and respectable acceleration expected from a nameplate selling more than 300,000 units per year in the U.S. Neat touches include the Velcro-backed floor mats that don't need aerospace tolerances to fit properly. Throw them down, they stick. There's plenty of room for four adults inside. The stock, eight-speaker stereo punches out surprisingly good sound with plenty of bass. And the ACC works even after shifting gears. Best of all, our $21,150 tester didn't come with any options, and not once did we lament the lack of some expensive extra. The controls are entry-level light, the shifter's long throw a touch notchy, and the clutch bites suddenly about a third of the way into its deep travel. The 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated engine's 138 pound-feet of torque don't show until 4,200 rpm, 158 horsepower arrives at 6,500 rpm, just 200 rpm below redline. Short-ish …
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If the ninth-generation 2012 Civic was considered a sizeable step back, the tenth-generation 2016 Civic represented two giant steps forward for the nameplate and the entire lineup. The mildly facelifted 2019 Civic expands on that progress by introducing a Sport trim for the sedan that offers a six-speed manual transmission. But don't think of the long, lean four-door as a trunked version of the more expensive Sport hatchback with its more powerful turbocharged engine. The sedan, which Honda describes as "entry-level performance," aims at the hearts of budget-conscious and first-time buyers seeking sedan sobriety leavened by a touch of old-fashioned Honda fun. Cosmetic changes across the lineup for 2019 introduce a gloss black grille, a wider, more sculpted lower bumper, and repositioned Honda Sensing gear to add symmetry to the lower front intakes. The Sport trim goes without the chrome accents around the front fog lights found on the other four trims — LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. And unlike those other variants, the Sport sedan slots a trapezoidal exhaust finisher into a four-fin, diffuser-like insert. Inside, the instrument binnacle glows with red lighting, the pedals are made of aluminum, it has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and it features the nicer infotainment system with a 7-inch screen (and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration). Honda added more sound deadening to every Civic to quell cabin noise, but our tester still fussed it up on certain road surfaces. The standard Honda Sensing safety suite makes a welcome addition, albeit with the same rough edges we encountered in our 2019 Honda Passport Elite review. The lane keeping assist system is so eager to find a line that on wide roads without markings, it'll veer side-to-side seeking a painted edge. The "BRAKE!" icon strobes in the digital screen disconcertingly often, and often with little cause. As on the Passport, the Civic uses the previous-generation Honda Sensing, doubtless the cause for most foibles. Because the safety package's pros far outweigh its cons, and since the Civic costs less than half the price of the Passport Elite, we take no offense. On the daily commute or weekend errand, the sedan typifies the economical decorum and respectable acceleration expected from a nameplate selling more than 300,000 units per year in the U.S. Neat touches include the Velcro-backed floor mats that don't need aerospace tolerances to fit properly. Throw them down, they stick. There's plenty of room for four adults inside. The stock, eight-speaker stereo punches out surprisingly good sound with plenty of bass. And the ACC works even after shifting gears. Best of all, our $21,150 tester didn't come with any options, and not once did we lament the lack of some expensive extra. The controls are entry-level light, the shifter's long throw a touch notchy, and the clutch bites suddenly about a third of the way into its deep travel. The 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated engine's 138 pound-feet of torque don't show until 4,200 rpm, 158 horsepower arrives at 6,500 rpm, just 200 rpm below redline. Short-ish …
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Engine 1.5LI-4
MPG 30 City / 38 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 2-spd CVT w/OD
Power 174 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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