2019 Honda Civic Models
The Civic has long been Honda’s most popular vehicle, thanks to its highly attractive matrix of quality, affordability, comfort, reliability, and value retention. It’s even better this time around, with the excellent Honda Sensing active safety tech bundle now standard on many models. The ’19 Civic has also earned a Best Buy Award (once again) in the compact car segment from Kelley Blue Book.
The Civic nameplate comes attached to an array of different models and body styles for the 2019 model year. The go-to is the Civic Sedan, a four-door favorite over many generations. But there’s also a Civic Sedan Si, Civic Hatchback, Civic Coupe, and Civic Si Coupe, as well as the ultra-sporty Civic Type R.
Civic Sedan and Si Sedan
This model year is available in five trims (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring) with a wide array of available features. The LX and Sport are equipped with a four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque, while the higher tier trims have a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 174 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The LX and Sport also come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with a continuously variable transmission available, while the upper trims are standard with the CVT; the Touring trim gets paddle shifters for precise shifting control.
The Civic Si Sedan is sport-engineered for more dynamic driving, with a 205-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, specially tuned steering, and stiffer suspension for taking those corners. Although it has the same Honda quality, practicality, comfort, style, and dependability, this variant is all about making driving fun. For that reason, it’s only sold with a manual transmission. It also ekes out a bit higher fuel efficiency – an unexpected bonus.
When you want to carry more cargo behind the back seat – or you just want a sleeker and more aerodynamic look, choose the Civic Hatchback. The gain in interior volume over the sedan is significant: the Hatchback presents 25.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in use. Fold those seats down and that available area rises to 46.2 cubic feet. Compare that to the Civic Sedan’s 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space and the Civic Coupe’s 12 cubic feet.
Civic Coupe and Si Coupe
For that sleek two-door look, go for the Civic Coupe, which comes in four trim levels with standard features that beat the more expensive competitors such as the Mini Cooper and VW Beetle. There’s also a Civic Coupe Si variant, which raises the fun factor with its 205 hp turbocharged engine, adaptive damper system, helical limited-slip differential, and close-ratio manual transmission. In fact, the Si is only available in the stickshift; there’s no option to order it as an automatic. You can also order from an array of Honda Factory Performance accessories – for example, underbody spoilers, special badging, and unique wheels – to dress up your Si.
Civic Type R
The raciest of them all, the Civic Type R roars ahead with 306 horses under its hood. Its sporty equipment list includes a 2.0-liter intercooled turbo engine, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, aluminum sport pedals, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive dampers, and a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission (no automatic offered). The frame is stiff and lightweight, just like a race car’s, but this athletic four-door lets you toggle between Sport, R+, and Comfort modes to adjust the ride. That means it’s still made for daily driving – you’ll just be having a lot more fun than the drivers around you.
The 2019 Honda Civic provides impressive safety ratings, largely due to Honda’s patented Honda Sensing driver assist technology package, which comes standard on many of the above models. Honda Sensing includes sought-after advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Some of the other standard safety features include a multi-angle rearview camera, vehicle stability assist with traction control, and advanced front and side airbags.