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2019 Honda Civic to get Updated Design, Upgraded Standard Safety features

2019 Honda Civic
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Derek Boshouwers
Pricing, trim details released for Canada

Honda is giving its uber-popular Civic sedan and coupe a design and tech update for 2019. Details and Canadian pricing has just been released, and here’s what we now know about the best-selling car in Canada for the past 21 years. The 2019 Civic will be available as of this fall at dealerships, with the exception of the new Sport trim, which will debut in early 2019.

What’s new
Honda is now including Honda Sensing as standard equipment on all trims of the Civic, both in sedan and coupe format. The model also gets an exterior refresh and interior design tweak, as well as a new Sport trim with a flashier appearance and exclusive features, available on both sedan and coupe.

The look
The 2019 Civic sedan and coupe both feature refreshed styling to update the 10th-generation Civic design. The lower bumper has been re-styled and the headlights are decked in black casing.  The Honda-signature “wing” design on the grille also gets a new gloss-black treatment.

On Touring trims, the LED headlights have been upgraded with a new design and chrome accents adorn the front bumper. At the rear, the Civic sedan’s lower bumper gets a chrome strip Also on the menu are three new colours: Platinum White Pearl, Cosmic Blue on the sedan and an exclusive Tonic Yellow Pearl for the Civic coupe.

The interior
The Honda Sensing package of technologies is now standard across the trim range. Also new is an updated display audio system (standard on LX trim and above) with physical buttons and volume knob - hooray. Device pairing has been made easier thanks to improved Bluetooth integration.

All versions get redesigned steering wheel controls for more intuitive operation, a new centre console cupholder with larger opening and updated dash trim with gunmetal gray on LX trims, metallic finish on Touring sedans and with an embossed finish on Sport trims. Other upgrades include additional sound insulation in the floor, trunk, and front fenders, with new sound insulation in the rear fenders.

The powertrain
All versions of the 2019 Civic except for the Touring run on a 2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine, combined with a 6-speed manual (DX, LX only) or CVT; maximum output is 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The Touring, meanwhile, gets a 1.5L 4-cylinder DOHC turbo engine with CVT, producing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The versions
Eight is enough: the 2019 Civic sedan is available in five trims: DX, LX, EX Sport, and Touring, while the Civic coupe can be had in LX, Sport and Touring trims. The 2019 Civic Sedan Sport trim will arrive at dealerships in early 2019.

That new Sport trim is powered by a 2.0L engine paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission (coupe only) or optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It stands apart with unique exterior styling cues such as fog lights with gloss black trim and upsized 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Sport brings with it red gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters (CVT-equipped models), textured aluminum sport pedals, and unique seat materials with a combination of synthetic leather and cloth.

The pricing:
DX Sedan    MT    $17,790
LX Sedan    MT    $20,690    
LX Sedan     CVT    $21,990    
EX Sedan    CVT    $24,290    
Sport Sedan    CVT    $25,490    
Touring Sedan    CVT    $27,990    
LX Coupe    MT    $21,190    
LX Coupe    CVT    $22,490    
Sport Coupe    MT    $24,590    
Sport Coupe    CVT    $25,890    
Touring Coupe    CVT    $28,390   

Derek Boshouwers
Derek Boshouwers
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