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2019 Honda Civic Review

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The Honda Civic is a best-selling compact car with a high resale value. It comes in multiple body styles — sedan, coupe, hatchback — with up to five trim options each, plus two high-performance models: the Si coupe and sedan, and the Type R hatchback. Notably, even the lowest trim level of the non-performance cars comes with Honda’s active safety features included. The basic warranty is 3 years, 36,000 miles.

2019 Honda Civic pricing

These are Honda’s manufacturer recommended price (MSRP) for each type of Civic as of the date of publishing.

Honda Civic Honda Civic Type R
Sedan $19,450 – $27,300 Hatchback $35,700
Coupe $20,650 – $26,850 Honda Civic Si
Hatchback $21,450 – $28,750 Sedan and Coupe $24,300

 

You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Shop around and use industry guides such as Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides to see what the fair market price is in your area. These MSRP ranges cover all trims Honda offers:

  • The lowest price is for the base model with no added options and a manual transmission.
  • The top price is for the highest-trim model with all automatically-included options.
  • The Type R and Si only have one trim level and thus only one MSRP.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. Car dealers raise customer APRs an average 2.47%, so shop around for a car loan like you’d shop around for a car. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within the rate shopping period of generally 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

Potential lenders could include Honda Financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once.

View the 2019 Honda Civic

2019 Honda Civic safety

All varieties of the 2019 Honda Civic but one earned an overall five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash test safety rating. The Type R did not have an overall rating, but earned a five out of five in side crash and rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), another major car crash safety test organization, hasn’t rated the 2019 model yet, but gave top marks to the 2018 model in all crash tests and noted its front crash prevention as “superior.” However, it also gave the worst rating possible for the Civic’s headlights, “poor,” and noted the ease of use for its child safety seat anchors as only “acceptable.” It is not yet known whether the 2019 model improved upon them.

Honda Sensing, which comes standard on all trim levels of the Civic includes:

  • Collision mitigation braking system. If the car senses it is about to run into something front-first, it will brake itself.
  • Road departure mitigation system. If the Civic begins to cross a lane without the turn signal on, it can brake and steer to help keep it in the lane and not leave the road.
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. The Civic can follow behind another car at a set interval.
  • Lane keeping assist system. The car can adjust its steering to help keep itself in a lane.

2019 Honda Civic competitor comparison

Honda Civic sedan Chevrolet Cruze sedan Subaru Impreza sedan Toyota Corolla sedan
Base MSRP $19,450 $17,995 $18,595 $18,700
Expert Scores 4.4 4.3 4 3.9
Standard Technology Honda Sensing, Audio USB Port Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 7″ Touch Screen AWD, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Safety Sense-P, Audio USB Port
Body Types Available Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback Sedan, Hatchback Sedan, Wagon Sedan
Fuel Economy 32 MPG 33 MPG 27 MPG 32 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city / highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

2019 Honda Civic trim comparison

Each body type of Civic has different trim availability. Here’s what they are, their prices and some of the main features of each. The features we mention are all included in that trim level for no extra cost. We mentioned popular features but did not mention every single feature each trim level includes.

Note that each trim level builds upon the trims before it, so that it includes any features from the trims below it. For example:

  • The Sport trim will have all the LX features, plus the Sport trim features.
  • The EX trim will have all the Sport and LX trim features, plus the EX trim features.
  • The Touring trim will have all of the features from all of the other trims, plus the new features that come with the Touring trim.
Honda Civic sedan
LX Sport EX EX-L Touring
$19,450 $21,150 $23,400 $24,600 $27,300
Honda Sensing Apple CarPlay / Android Auto 174-HP Turbo Engine Leather-Trimmed Seats Navigation
Bluetooth Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Moonroof HomeLink (R) Remote System Premium Audio
Rearview Camera 7″ Touchscreen 18-inch Alloy Wheels
Honda Civic coupe
LX Sport EX Touring
$20,650 $21,450 $23,200 $26,850
Honda Sensing Apple CarPlay / Android Auto 174-HP Turbo Engine Navigation
Bluetooth 18-inch Alloy Wheels Moonroof Leather-Trimmed Seats
Rearview Camera Premium Audio Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters
Honda Civic hatchback
LX Sport EX EX-L Navi Sport Touring
$21,450 $22,250 $23,750 $26,250 $28,750
Honda Sensing Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Moonroof Leather-Trimmed Interior Premium Audio
174-HP Turbo Engine 180-HP Turbo Engine Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Navigation Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters
Rearview Camera 18-inch Alloy Wheels Remote Engine Start Heated Front Seats Dual Outlet Exhaust

 

The Honda Civic Type R and Si are performance vehicles and don’t have trims, but here is a short comparison.

Honda Civic Type R Honda Civic Si
$35,700 $24,300
306-HP Turbo Engine 205-HP Turbo Engine
3-Mode Drive System Sport Mode
6-Speed Manual Transmission 6-Speed Manual Transmission

 

2019 Honda model comparison

If you are loyal to the Honda brand and want an apples-to-apples comparison of the different models available, here is a comparison table of the base trims of several Honda models.

Honda Fit Honda Civic sedan Honda HR-V Honda Accord Honda CR-V
Base MSRP $16,190 $19,450 $20,520 $23,720 $24,350
Expert Scores 4.4 4.4 4.1 4.4 4.4
Standard Technology Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Honda Sensing, Audio USB Port Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera Honda Sensing, Bluetooth Bluetooth, 5″ Screen, Rearview Camera
Body Types Available Hatchback Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback SUV Sedan SUV
Fuel Economy 31 MPG 32 MPG 30 MPG 33 MPG 28 MPG
Transmission Manual Manual Automatic Automatic Automatic

 

Remember each model has trims you may be able to upgrade to for an increased price. You do not have to get a manual transmission Honda Fit, nor a Honda Ridgeline without Honda Sensing, but you would have to upgrade and pay an increased price for those things on those models.

2019 Honda Civic — the bottom line

You might like this car if you’re looking for a compact car with advanced technology, much of which either comes standard or comes in the lower-level trims. You might not like this car if you are looking for a basic form of transportation and don’t want to pay for all the bells and whistles that are regularly included in a Honda. If you are looking for different powertrain options such as AWD, 4×4, hybrid or diesel, you’ll need to look for a different Honda model or for a competitor’s model.

 

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