The current-generation Honda Civic is about to receive its first refresh since debuting in late 2015. Along with an updated design, the sedan and coupe receive a new Sport trim and standard Honda Sensing on all trim levels.
At first glance, the refreshed Civic doesn’t look much different from its predecessor. But take a closer look and you’ll notice the upper front fascia wing is painted in black. The layout of the lower fascia has also changed; the vents are now integrated into a single unit rather than separated into three sections. Other updates include a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, updated halogen or LED headlights, new wheel designs, and a chrome accent on the rear bumper of the sedan.
The Sport trim joins the lineup for 2019 with a number of unique styling details of its own. These include piano black accents on the lower front fascia, black 18-inch wheels, and for the sedan, an added rear decklid spoiler. There is also a splitter-style rear lower bumper that has a central exhaust finisher similar to the one on the Civic Si. Inside, Sport models receive an updated 7-inch infotainment screen and a volume knob that replaces the sliding mechanism on previous models.
Honda is positioning the Sport trim between the LX and EX, meaning it should be affordable. Although Honda hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Civic, 2018 prices ranged between $19,835 and $22,235 for the LX and EX sedans, or between $20,245 and $22,695 for the LX and EX-T coupes. Under the hood, the Sport model receives the base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, and buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or CVT.
Honda Sensing is now standard across all trims of the Civic sedan and coupe. This package includes collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. By the 2022 model year, Honda aims to make Honda Sensing technology standard equipment on all of its vehicles.