Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
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Honda Civic standardizes safety, sprouts Sport trim

Honda Civic standardizes safety, sprouts Sport trim

For the USA, the 2019 model year Civic sedan and coupe models gain a standard piano black winged grille, and revised halogen and LED headlight units.

Building on the highly acclaimed 10th-generation Civic lineup and offering customers more of what they love about the model, the refreshed 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe include updated styling, a new Sport trim for both body styles and standard Honda Sensing® technology on all trims.

The Honda Civic sedan and coupe range has been given a very mild makeover in one of its most important markets.

The front bumper has been reworked, too, and the grille is now lower.

The lower front fascia has been tweaked and a front splitter added while the rear bumper gets a new chrome accent; both models get new wheels as well.

2019 Honda Civic standardizes safety, sprouts Sport trim

A new Sport trim is wedged between base LX and popular EX grades and borrows much of its looks from the sporty Si versions, including a center-mounted trapezoidal exhaust finisher.

Inside, the Civic facelift gets Honda's updated seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New wheel designs round off the styling updates on the returning trims, with 18-inch rims now the norm for the Touring model. The Sport trim features a high-revving 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC VTEC® engine mated to either a smooth and efficient CVT with G-Shift Control or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual.

Honda has not yet released pricing information on the 2019 Civic, but the addition of Honda Sensing to every trim could see the price creep up slightly. This package includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

This will undoubtedly go a long way towards wooing more safety-conscious buyers, and should help the Civic's safety scores for 2019, as it missed out on Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS for "Poor" headlight performance, though the crash prevention technology was rated as "Superior" despite only being available on some trim levels. All Civic Sedan and Coupe models sold in the USA are produced at Honda's plants in Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario.

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