The current generation Honda Civic was offered initially only in sedan form, but a coupe version appeared later in the model year, and now finally a hatchback version has appeared. With plenty of trim levels and a variety of body styles, there's a Civic for nearly every need.
The base LX comes simply equipped but leaves nothing out, and includes anti-lock brakes, power-adjustable mirrors, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo with Bluetooth, power windows and locks and remote keyless entry.
Coupe models offer an additional trim level, LX-P that adds a sunroof and keyless ignition to the LX model.
EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an upgraded 8-speaker stereo as well as LaneWatch blind spot monitoring as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Leather seats, steering wheel and shift-knob are optional as are an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.
The Touring Civic has 17-inch machined alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a 450-watt audio system that also includes a 7-inch touchscreen that also includes all of the modern smartphone connectivity. Leather seats are standard on the Touring and they are heated and power-adjustable. Dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control are also included.
On LX and EX Civics, a 158-horsepower, 2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard. The LX is the only trim that offers a 6-speed manual transmission. All others come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EX-T and Touring come with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-feet of torque.
Civic Hatchbacks are also available in the Sport Touring trim. Sport Touring adds LED headlights, heated rear outboard seats, an aero kit and sport pedals.
Safety takes a strong presence in the new Civic. Of course it includes front and side airbags, but low tire pressure warning, backup camera and stability control are also standard on every Civic. Starting with the EX, a blind-spot monitoring system is included.
Honda Sensing system, is optional across the board. It's a suite of safety features that includes Lane Keep Assist, which will monitor and can even nudge the vehicle back into its lane, Blind Spot sensors and Collision Mitigation that will detect an impending accident and can even apply the brakes if needed.
Honda is one of the few automakers that still offers an affordable, compact coupe. The Civic's sedan and hatchback variants might be the sales stars, but the two-door model adds a bit of personality to the otherwise pedestrian (I mean that as a compliment) package. I mean, just look at that Tonic Yellow Pearl paint job.
For 2019, all Civic models get a number of updates; reviews editor Jon Wong went over them in hisearlier this year. Those same niceties make their way to the coupe, making this compact two-door even easier to love.
Who knew the deletion of a volume knob would cause such an uproar? Certainly not Honda, which initially swapped it out for an annoying slider function that was slow to respond and not very precise. Happily, the 2019 Civic marks the return of this if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it feature, and it's just one more feather in the Civic's in-car technology cap.
The Good The 2019 Honda Civic Coupe comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems and the option of a peppy 1.5-liter turbo engine.
The Bad The forward collision warning system is overly sensitive and adaptive cruise control can't be initiated at slow speeds.
The Bottom Line The 2019 Honda Civic Coupe offers great driving dynamics at an affordable price.
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