2019 Honda Civic

What’s new

  • Sport trim now available as sedan and coupe
  • Sport now gets base 2.0-liter engine instead of turbo 1.5L
  • Restyled front bumper
  • Optional infotainment interface now has a volume knob and hard buttons for high-level functions
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engine
  • Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
  • Many standard advanced technology and safety features
  • Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
  • Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
  • Slow-responding adaptive cruise control system
MSRP Starting at
$19,550

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Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?

The Civic is at its best with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. We like it because, in addition to being more powerful than the base 2.0-liter engine, it provides a significant boost in fuel economy and generally improves the driving experience. You can get it starting with the EX trim level.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.4 / 10

Honestly, Honda could have sent its engineers on a yearlong vacation to Tahiti rather than task them with updating the 2019 Civic. We've been giving this generation Civic top marks since its debut three years ago, and there's nothing else out this year that's going to steal the car's title belt. But here we are anyway with an even better Civic.

For starters, the 2019 Honda Civic gets a restyled front end. The new look is subtle and helps the car look a little sleeker and less imposing. Inside, you get an updated infotainment interface that brings with it the return of a volume knob for the Civic. This small addition addresses one of the biggest complaints we had with the Civic last year.

What's more, all Civic trims also get additional features from the Honda Sensing bundle, which is now standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist. The Civic already had several advantages over competitors, and this addition of safety equipment is yet another.

As always, there are a few notable competitors that you might want to also look at. These include the sporty Mazda 3, the weather-beating Subaru Impreza and the value-packed Kia Forte. But really, the 2019 Honda Civic is the one to beat. It has the most comprehensive combination of feature content, comfort and driving entertainment you'll find in a small sedan today.

What's it like to live with?

The Honda Civic has long been one of the better compact cars, but its 2016 redesign was nothing short of game-changing. Not only did it help revitalize the Civic nameplate, it shifted our expectations of what a compact car could be. This generation Civic is well-regarded for its spacious cabin, excellent ride quality, upscale interior materials and superb handling. We're also smitten with its powerful and efficient turbocharged engine. We liked it so much, in fact, that we plunked down our own money to buy one. To read about our experiences with a top-of-the-line Touring sedan, read our long-term Civic test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Civic, all of our observations still apply to the 2019 model.

2019 Honda Civic models

The 2019 Honda Civic is offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. Depending on which body style you choose, there are different trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation, Touring, Sport Touring, and the high-performance trims, Si and Type R.

Honda Civic LX

Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX sedan comes with a lot of equipment for the money. In the sedan and the coupe, the LX gets the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed manual transmission. (A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional.) In the hatchback, the LX gets the upgraded turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (174 hp, 162 lb-ft) as standard.

Other standard LX equipment includes 16-inch wheels (steel wheels for the sedan, alloys for the coupe and hatchback), LED running lights, automatic climate control, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port. Also standard is the Honda Sensing safety package. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Honda Civic Sport

The Sport builds on the base LX equipment. In the sedan and the coupe, that means the same 2.0-liter standard engine, but in the hatchback you get a bit more horsepower from the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder — 180 hp and 177 lb-ft with the manual, 180 hp and 162 lb-ft with the CVT automatic.

Otherwise, the Sport adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rear center armrest with cupholders, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry with remote start, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with HondaLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker audio system with dual USB ports.

Honda Civic EX

Stepping up to the EX gets the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in the coupe and sedan (it's already standard in the hatchback). You also get most of the Sport's tech equipment, including the 7-inch touchscreen. It adds the CVT automatic as standard along with a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat and satellite radio.

Honda Civic EX-L, Touring, Sport Touring

If you want a few more creature comforts, there's the EX-L, which gets leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Instead of EX-L, the hatchback offers a trim called EX-L with Navigation that adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as navigation. The Touring and Sport Touring trim levels essentially build off the EX-L and add 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, paddle shifters, heated rear seats, and a 10-speaker audio system (12 speakers in the Sport Touring hatchback). Also standard is an integrated navigation system.

Honda Civic SI

The Si is only available in coupe and sedan body styles. It comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. It's similar in standard equipment to the EX-T trim, but you also get a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, a unique rear spoiler, Si-branded sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-speaker stereo and a unique instrument panel.

Honda Civic Type R

At the top of the Civic performance heap is the Type R. It is equipped much like the Sport Touring trim level, but it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (306 hp, 285 lb-ft). Like the Si, it is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, but this one includes adjustable automatic rev-matching and a lightweight flywheel. Other additions include 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires, bigger front and rear brakes, a massive rear wing, a Type R-specific suspension with adaptive dampers, and special interior and exterior styling enhancements.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Civic Touring Sedan (turbo 1.5L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

Scorecard

Overall8.4 / 10
Driving8.5
Comfort8.5
Interior8.0
Utility8.5

Driving

8.5
The optional 1.5-liter turbo-four is unusual in its sound and power delivery for a Honda engine, but it offers excellent power and fuel economy. It's worth the extra money. All around, the Civic's driving performance is top-notch, with strong brakes and accurate steering.

Acceleration

9.5
The Civic feels strong when you roll onto the gas to execute a pass, and it's quick at city speeds thanks to ample low-end power. The strong 1.5-liter turbocharged engine accelerates like few others in the class. It pulls seamlessly to cruising speed, with an outstanding 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds.

Braking

9.0
Whether it's a casual suburban stop or heavy braking at a surprise red light, stops are sure and straight with a firm pedal that's easy to modulate. In our emergency braking test, the Civic posted slightly better-than-average stopping distances.

Steering

8.0
Steering is precise, with consistent and natural-feeling weight. The variable-ratio system combines excellent steadiness when cruising straight. Its reflexes are quick in corners and tight turning in parking lots. Feedback through the thick-rimmed wheel is good for the class.

Handling

8.0
Body roll is controlled, and transitions are handled nicely. It feels playful, and there's a lot of freedom and control for the driver — the well-tuned stability system doesn't quash the fun either.

Drivability

7.5
The Civic's CVT automatic doesn't respond or sound the same as a traditional automatic. The end result is better efficiency, a smoother driving experience, and zero indecisiveness on grades. But the "downshift" response when you floor it can seem less immediate.

Comfort

8.5
The Civic has a lot of the midsize Accord's strengths but in a smaller package. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the ride is steady and well-controlled without being too soft. Road and engine noise is never far away, but the noise is never enough to be distracting.

Seat comfort

8.5
An available power driver's seat offers a huge range of motion, making it suitable for drivers of varying heights. There's a good balance of compliance and support, and the seats remain comfortable on longer drives. The back seat is comfy as well.

Ride comfort

9.0
The Civic rides like a bigger, more refined car. You can still feel road textures beneath, but impacts are very well-damped. Big undulations, especially midcorner, are handled with impeccable control.

Noise & vibration

7.5
The turbocharged engine has a very un-Honda-like growl to it, and the CVT automatic causes a light drone when accelerating. Otherwise, wind and road noise is kept in check, becoming more noticeable over coarse surfaces. There are quieter choices, but the Civic does OK in this category.

Climate control

8.0
The dual-zone automatic climate control does a great job of regulating the temperature and provides even coverage from the air vents. The most oft-used controls are easy buttons or knobs, but you must use the touchscreen to make manual air-distribution or fan-speed selections. The seat heaters are excellent.

Interior

8.0
The Civic delivers a spacious and versatile cabin for both people and their things, with good rear legroom and clever storage solutions. The interior control layout is easy to use, especially with the new revisions to the infotainment interface. Additional hard buttons for the climate and audio controls solve some of our issues with the previous system. However, the touchscreen interface is still slow and a little confusing.

Ease of use

7.5
The primary controls are well placed. There are a lot of functions at your command, but Honda's simple design makes them approachable. The 2019 Civic also gets a volume knob, which is a lot easier to use than the prior touch-sensitive slider. The touchscreen, however, still isn't the easiest to use.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
Up front, the Civic offers easy access through light doors with large openings. The rear doors open wide, making entry easy, but the sloped roof might require tall people to duck in. The low ride height makes it tough for long-legged passengers to enter gracefully, but most people won't have a problem.

Driving position

8.0
The well-shaped driver's seat can be moved through a width range of adjustment, and there's enough telescopic range in the tilt-and-telescoping wheel to suit short and tall drivers alike. The pedals are nicely placed, too. It's pretty easy to settle in for the long haul.

Roominess

9.0
The Civic is one of the most spacious sedans in its class, offering plenty of headroom up front even with the sunroof. In the back, a 6-foot-tall rear passenger will have enough legroom when seated behind a driver of the same height. All but the very tallest rear passengers will have enough rear headroom.

Visibility

8.0
There's good visibility out the front and side windows, thanks in part to front pillars that aren't too thick. The sloping roof impinges on the rear three-quarter view, but the large side mirrors, a rearview camera and Honda's LaneWatch camera take the guesswork out of almost all maneuvers.

Quality

9.0
Construction is tight and solid inside and out. Even though there's quite a bit of plastic around the cabin, everything feels well-built. On higher trims, a number of surfaces, especially major touch points, are covered in higher-quality materials, which elevate the interior feel.

Utility

8.5
The Civic features a spacious trunk and clever interior storage solutions. You'll have no problem fitting large bags in back or finding a spot for your personal effects in the cabin. The roomy back seat also makes it easy to load a car seat.

Small-item storage

8.5
The small, narrow front door pockets will hold a water bottle and a few other goodies. A two-tiered cubby in the center console features a cord pass-through for tidy smartphone stowage and charging. There's a lot of storage under the front armrest, too. The rear cupholders are also sizable.

Cargo space

8.5
At 15.1 cubic feet, the Civic's trunk is one of the best in the class. There's plenty of vertical room, so large suitcases should fit without a problem. There are pulls in the trunk to lower the rear seats, but you will have to push the seats down to fold them. The seats don't fold flat, but the opening between the trunk and the cabin is very large.

Child safety seat accommodation

8.0
Four LATCH anchors are hidden behind the seats, with medium-firm leather that requires a little wiggling to push aside. Luckily, the anchors are close to the front of the seatback. The large door openings and the spacious back seat should make it easier to fit a car seat in the Civic than in other compacts.

Technology

Tech was one of the Civic's weaknesses, but the 2019 model has received an updated infotainment system that should help solve most issues. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are many of Honda's safety systems.

Smartphone integration

8.0
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard and provide familiar interfaces that are better than Honda's. The texting function is particularly helpful and greatly reduces the distraction factor.

Driver aids

False alarms from the overly sensitive forward collision system are common and become tiresome quickly. You can adjust the sensitivity, but even in its least intrusive mode it's still a problem. The LaneWatch blind-spot camera is sometimes more of a distraction than a help.

Voice control

Honda's system requires more steps and a less natural speech pattern to operate than some competing systems, though it does provide an onscreen guide. You'll likely want to rely on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice commands as much as possible.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Honda Civic.

5 star reviews: 78%
4 star reviews: 11%
3 star reviews: 4%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 4%
Average user rating: 4.6 stars based on 72 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Can't beat a Civic
CPinCMH,
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The EX is packed with features. I was pleasantly surprised with all the features in the Civic EX. Heated seated, lane assistance, turning head light and of course all your typical technology stuff, Apple Car Play, touch screen etc. It's typical nice Honda layout with controls. It drives nice. Fairly comfortable for this size of car. Sporty looking. Overall very please with the purchase.

4 out of 5 stars, Pretty Good!
Jason C,
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Just know going into buying the sport model that if you want any get up and go on the freeway you will have to get one of the turbocharged engines. The 2.0 liter engine I think is the most reliable but does suffer from inferior horsepower and "okay" fuel economy. Apart from that I LOVE everything else about the car. The transmission is so slick and the VOLUME KNOB is thankfully back where it belongs. Overall a great car for just about anyone.

5 out of 5 stars, Traded Our Mercedes C300
Steve,
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Very surprised at the performance of our 2019 Civic Sedan. It performs as good or better than our 2015 C300. The CVT and the extra power from the turbo makes it accelerate as well as the Mercedes, but smoother. This is simply a great car. It's a gas to drive and the infotainment package is really good. I may have to rethink my preference for a stick.

5 out of 5 stars, The perfect everyday ride
Thomas,
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I have owned a mix of Accords and Civics over the past 20 years as my daily drivers (my wife has had Toyota, Mazda and Subaru, so I know those as well) and I think that this is the best all around car I have owned. It is vastly superior to my 2011 Civic in all ways except the entertainment system (still a bit confusing and no CD) and rear visibility. The hatchback configuration allows this to operate like a mini SUV (without the off road), but the handling and acceleration is top notch. The small size makes it a great car to commute into the city, but it is also fun for weekend trips to the mountains. Great mileage, looks good in black (to hide those ugly fake "air grills") and very reasonably prices. Honda cars are very reliable, so this one really falls into the sweet spot of price, performance, utility and reliability. Please not my ratings are relative to the car category/price. I know a BMW would have far better acceleration, handling, etc.

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Honda Civic Type R vs. Hyundai Veloster N: 2019 Hot Hatchback Battle

Honda Civic Type R vs. Hyundai Veloster N: 2019 Hot Hatchback Battle

CARLOS LAGO: While it's not going to win any beauty pageants, the Honda Civic Type R is the de facto hot hatch. It's a blast to drive, with really engaging handling and pleasing road manners. KURT NIEBUHR: But what's its biggest competitor? How about the Hyundai Veloster N. It's Hyundai's first proper hot hatch for the USA, and I think it's up for the challenge. The question is, which one's worth your money? That's what we're going to find out. But before we get started, don't forget to click Like, Subscribe, and make sure to visit Edmunds to find your perfect car. OK, OK. So these cars don't line up quite so perfectly. Yeah, they're both high performance hatchbacks. Both have 2-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engines, six-speed manual transmissions, automatic rev matching, and they both seat four people. There are differences, though, and big ones, too. For example, the Veloster has three doors. The Civic has three exhaust pipes. Price is a bigger concern. The Honda costs $6,700 more than the Veloster as equipped. And that's assuming you can find one of these at MSRP. It's also more powerful, even when the Veloster N is equipped with its performance back, like this one is. So the question really is, is the Honda's higher price worth the extra dough? First up, instrumented performance testing at the Edmunds test track. With a superior power-to-weight ratio, the Civic is unsurprisingly faster than the philosopher in a straight line. This particular Type-R, though, was a few tenths slower than the last one we tested. It had noticeable intervention that prevented quick up shifts. We suspected this was due to reliability concerns. After all, what good is 3/10 off your 0 to 60 time if you don't have a transmission to drive home with. Launching the Veloster N is tricky. The tires have a lot of grip when warm, and it's difficult to find the sweet spot between bogging the engine and excessive tire spin. On the upside, you could shift the six-speed transmission as quickly as you like. Both cars need to shift to third gear to reach 60 miles an hour, which worsens their 0 to 60 time and makes it less indicative of overall acceleration. Look at the quarter mile, though, and you see the Civic is much faster. The Civic consistently stops shorter than the Veloster during testing, with a nine-foot difference between the two best performances from these cars. Both vehicles are stable and predictable under simulated panic stops. Neither car exhibited odor or fade during testing, indicating they'll withstand normal use on a race track. It's worth noting that the lateral G-averages were the same regardless of stability control, showing that both car's stability control systems are tuned for high-performance driving. CARLOS LAGO: So as expected, the Honda Civic outperformed the handover lost her hand at the test track. But will those results translate to the racetrack? KURT NIEBUHR: Now, because we're at a race track, you'll probably hear some cars flying by. We spent all morning lapping these two cars and destroying their tires in the process. CARLOS LAGO: Much like you, we aren't pro racing drivers. And if you Google around, you'll find fast lap times for at least one of these vehicles. What we're actually interested in, though, is the difference in lap time that we've got from these two cars. And again, the faster car is the Civic Type R. KURT NIEBUHR: So if that's all you came here for, there's your answer. CARLOS LAGO: Now for the rest of you who care about how these actually drive from behind the wheel, that's what really get into next. KURT NIEBUHR: So Carlos, this car's fast. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, boy howdy. I mean, of course, it's the more powerful car here. It's the more fundamentally designed vehicle here, and the more expensive car, too, so no surprise. But man, you get going real quick in this. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, it's almost hard to drive this car. It takes a couple laps, simply because you have to get used to how fast it is. CARLOS LAGO: But beyond the speed this car feels special. It doesn't feel like a tarted up Civic. It feels like a special version of a car that has some resemblance to a Civic. Some of that's going to be in the engine, and that's going to be in the chassis, some of that's going to be in the decorative stuff here, like the production number right behind the shifter-- the metal shifter, the red interior accents. All that stuff kind of speaks to how significant of a car this is. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, I feel that a base Civic is at such a high level that it allowed Honda to focus more on the little special bits and pieces like that. CARLOS LAGO: You get this suspension that feels really sophisticated in the sense that it's really comfortable on the road. This doesn't punish you like so many firms sports cars do. This is a genuinely daily drivable car. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, and you could drive it in the plus R mode that we're in right now, and it wouldn't be over the top. We're driving on a really bumpy course surface, and it still rides really well. CARLOS LAGO: When the car is smooth and controlled at high speed, you are concerned about how it's moving around. And that allows you to go even faster. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: It allows you to go harder into braking zones, not be worried about, oh, can I maintain this speed through this corner here. There's a couple hairy corners on this track that this car feels totally fine in. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, but it is, after all, a front-wheel drive car. CARLOS LAGO: Yes. KURT NIEBUHR: And what I found that I had to do was really manage the power application coming out of even medium speed corners the car will light the inside front tire up, and it's cool, but it's slow. CARLOS LAGO: We have a ton of torque, and we have front-wheel drive car, so you have to drive these things responsibly. When you do it, it rewards you. I would go as far to say that this thing drives as good as its design is silly. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely. Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: We've got three exhaust tips. That's very silly. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: This thing drives that well. On the downside, engine sound. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, it's actually hard to drive this car at the limit simply because when you're wearing a helmet, it's almost silent on the inside, even in plus R mode when it does get a little bit more race-y, this is still not much louder than a basic Civic. CARLOS LAGO: You have to watch the tac. I caught myself frequently balancing off the limiter just because I didn't realize it because the sounds not there. I love these seats. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Bucket seats are tricky. When I get in and out of this car, I have to put the seat back in order to comfortably exit it because these thigh bolsters make getting in and out difficult. But on the road just commuting in this thing, they're wonderful. KURT NIEBUHR: They're also very breathable seats. This car is so comfortable on the road. This is the car I want to drive home. CARLOS LAGO: It's the little things. That get the shifter right. They get the clutch engagement right. The steering feedback isn't quite as there as the Veloster, but the effort is good. KURT NIEBUHR: Also, that the brake pedal on this car really deserves special mention. It's high, it's firm, but it's never touchy. It's exactly where you want it to be on the street. It's exactly where you want it to be on the track, and it adds confidence. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, I think my only real demerits on this car are engine sound, rev matching isn't as aggressive as I would like it to be as somebody who uses rev matching, and shame on me, and blah, blah, blah. I can read the YouTube comments now. And it has three exhaust tips. So the overall design is just so cartoonish, the opposite of how the car drives. It's an absolute standout. KURT NIEBUHR: And it's fast. CARLOS LAGO: It rips. It rips. It rips but it's stable. Like through this high speed section here, you feel like you can carry so much speed through this blind complex of corners. And this is a hairy corner at full speed. KURT NIEBUHR: It is. So that's thumbs up from you? CARLOS LAGO: I'd say two. Well, maybe a thumb up and a half for-- I hate to keep coming down on the design, but-- KURT NIEBUHR: I would have to say that, even though I like driving both cars, this is the car I would want to drive home. CARLOS LAGO: I agree. KURT NIEBUHR: All right, so why don't we go hop in the Veloster? CARLOS LAGO: I think we should. KURT NIEBUHR: I'm really surprised that we're even driving a 2019 Hyundai Veloster. And it's because when the Veloster first came out, it was such a unique and interesting vehicle, but it wasn't that good to drive. I expected it to just kind of come out for a couple of years then Hyundai go, whoops, and never build a second one. But I'm really impressed that they came back and they built an all new Hyundai Veloster. And you know what? I like it. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, it's neat that not only has a mainstream automaker decided to make a three-door hatchback, they've also made this N version, which is a really well done $30,000 hot hatch. Yeah, they've transformed the standard Veloster into a very enjoyable car doing the usual hot hatch tricks. You know, really stiff suspension, turbo motor that's really powerful, and they've executed a really fun to drive car for the money. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, and not only that, but in the process they've given this car so much personality. It's scrappy. CARLOS LAGO: Both of these cars-- the Civic and the Veloster-- are slow cars made fast. This definitely feels like a slow car made fast. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely. CARLOS LAGO: You still have the Veloster interior trappings-- this plastic is pretty stiff and firm, not very good to look at. The shifter-- it works, but it still feels like it has the original Veloster trappings going on with it. On the other hand though, the trick bits are really trick, right? This engine makes good power, has good throttle response, it's very vocal, a lot more so than the Civic, and that means when you're hitting red line you can actually hear it happening. And I'm not staring at the tac in this car like I have to in the Type R. The rev matching works really well, and that's one thing I really like, as somebody who likes using rev matching. I know a lot of people out there who don't, but I like the fact that I can just trust it every single time. In the Civic, I don't. KURT NIEBUHR: And there is something else that the Veloster has that I wish the Civic had, and that's the ability to really go in and adjust every electronic setting. So you can change the way the car rev matches. You can change the limited slip settings. You can change the suspension settings, the throttle mapping, the exhaust settings. Everything can be customized. CARLOS LAGO: And then we have to talk about the parts where this falters a little bit versus the Civic. This car feels fast. KURT NIEBUHR: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: But the data shows it is not relative to the Civic. KURT NIEBUHR: That is true, and I think if you drove them in isolation, you would swear they're just as fast, especially with how involving it is to drive the Veloster N. It's a very exciting car to drive. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, but when you look at the data, when you look at the lap times, when look at cornering speeds driving the two back to back, it's very apparent that the Civic is that much faster. And, of course, it's a more expensive car. No duh. It's more powerful, and so on and so forth. But I think that really isn't a discredit to the Veloster. I think it's part of the driving satisfaction. The Veloster decided to go with mechanically adjust-- electronically controlled mechanical flap in the exhaust that helps it make that pop. There's certainly a mode that switches on when you do that. The Civic, they've opted to go with a non-electronically adjustable thing. It's just those three pipes that work with different kind of back pressure to make it sound the way it does. That's nice on the road because it doesn't drone, but you don't get that excitement on the track that this thing has. KURT NIEBUHR: And I hate to bring in the way a car looks because that's so subjective. The Veloster drives like the Civic looks. The Civic drives like the Veloster. CARLOS LAGO: Exactly. But this is a ton of fun. I can't say that enough. Steering is really well weighted. Good feedback through it. Brakes are powerful. Everything here-- all the touch points. They've done their homework in making of Veloster N. KURT NIEBUHR: I actually prefer the feedback that comes through the wheel and in the Veloster than I do through the Civic. And that may be a function of how sophisticated and smooth everything is in that Civic. But I really like it in this car. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah I would not feel bad about driving this car daily. KURT NIEBUHR: Not at all. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. As we come around this flat, skid pad like area-- both of these cars have a ton of power going into the front wheels, and under steer fighting it, especially when you're trying to power out is always an issue. What happened when you were doing that? KURT NIEBUHR: I found myself having to be very, very patient. Even though the limited slip is very sophisticated in this car, you have to wait because it's so easy to overwhelm the fronts on this car. And it's easy to get into a corner a little bit too quickly. And it's easy to get out of the corner a little bit too quickly. And front wheel drive cars are so dependent on the front tires. If you overcook them, you've lost them for a lap and you have to cool them down. CARLOS LAGO: Absolutely, or as we found, you can shoot chunks right off of them. KURT NIEBUHR: Yes, you can. CARLOS LAGO: What is amazing about both of these cars-- the Civic Type R is a very torque-y front drive car. No torques here. This is a very torque-y front wheel drive car, as well. No torques here. So verdict on the Veloster N? Thumb up. One thumb. KURT NIEBUHR: So, who wins? Actually, all of us win because both are fantastic hot hatches. They're so fun to drive. CARLOS LAGO: But the question we set out to answer is, is the Civic Type R's additional price worth it? Yes. KURT NIEBUHR: Absolutely, yes. CARLOS LAGO: From the moment that you sit in it, it feels very special. And then you start driving the car and it's so fast and it's comfortable and it's compliant, and it's really fast. Honda's made a great hot hatchback, and that doesn't mean the Veloster N is a bad car. If you can only swing 30 grand, you're going to have a lot of fun with this thing. Hyundai's turned the Veloster into something that's genuinely fun to drive, and still is really functional as a daily driver, too. Problem is, the Veloster N just can't hold a candle to how special the Civic Type R is to drive. And that's why the Civic wins this comparison. Now for more information on vehicles like these and for all your car shopping needs, be sure to visit Edmunds.com.

When it comes to performance, the Honda Civic Type R is the hottest of the hot hatchbacks. Meanwhile, the latest newcomer to the scene is the Hyundai Veloster N. The Hyundai costs much less and isn't as powerful, but is the Honda's additional performance worth the extra money? That's the question this Honda Civic Type R vs. Hyundai Veloster N comparison test seeks to answer.


Features & Specs

LX 4dr Sedan features & specs
LX 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$20,350
MPG 30 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower158 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Sport 4dr Sedan features & specs
Sport 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$22,050
MPG 29 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower158 hp @ 6500 rpm
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EX 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$23,500
MPG 32 city / 42 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX-L 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$24,700
MPG 32 city / 42 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle in order to avoid a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist System
Adjusts the vehicle's direction automatically in order to keep it from drifting out of its lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a constant distance from the car in front.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Civic vs. the competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

If you're looking for a good deal on a compact car, the Corolla is definitely a viable option. The Corolla, much like the Civic, offers a lot of standard equipment for the money. It's also relatively spacious and comfortable on the inside. The Civic, however, is far more entertaining to drive, with better EPA-estimated fuel economy and much more power. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Civic.

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Honda Civic vs. Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza feels all grown-up. Redesigned just a few years ago, the Impreza has a modern center touchscreen, a comfortable ride, and lots of modern safety features as a part of the Subaru EyeSight safety suite. The Subaru also gets standard all-wheel drive, which the Civic can't match. Unfortunately, the Impreza is woefully underpowered and its real-world fuel economy can't match the Civic's. Read Edmunds long-term road test of the Subaru Impreza.

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Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

If you're looking for a bit of driving fun to go along with your sophisticated compact car, the Mazda 3 is a great place to start. On upper trim levels, the Mazda 3 feels downright luxurious. The Mazda 3 can also match the Civic for driving fun with sporty steering and handling characteristics. For cargo carriers or buyers with lots of frequent passengers, you may want to stick with the roomier Civic.

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FAQ

Is the Honda Civic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Civic both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Civic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Civic gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 36 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Civic ranges from 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Civic. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Honda Civic?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Honda Civic:

  • Sport trim now available as sedan and coupe
  • Sport now gets base 2.0-liter engine instead of turbo 1.5L
  • Restyled front bumper
  • Optional infotainment interface now has a volume knob and hard buttons for high-level functions
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Civic reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Civic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Civic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Civic's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Honda Civic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Honda Civic is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Civic and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Civic is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Honda Civic?

The least-expensive 2019 Honda Civic is the 2019 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,550.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,350
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,050
  • EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,500
  • EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,700
  • Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $24,300
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $27,400
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $21,250
  • LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $19,550
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What are the different models of Honda Civic?
If you're interested in the Honda Civic, the next question is, which Civic model is right for you? Civic variants include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Civic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Honda Civic is a very appealing compact car with multiple variants and lots of standard features, including the entire Honda Sensing safety suite. To start off the 2019 model year, the Civic will only be available as a coupe and a sedan, but we fully expect the hatchback will make a comeback later in the year. And for the 2019 year, the Civic gets some serious upgrades, including a new 7-inch infotainment screen with a volume knob, something that was woefully missing on last year's Civic. The 2019 Honda Civic also gets all of the Honda Sensing safety technology as standard. That's a big improvement for a car that was already at the head of its class.

At the beginning of the model year, five primary trim levels are available for the 2019 Honda Civic: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. We expect Honda to add the Si and Type R trim levels — as well as the hatchback — later in the year. As you might expect, each successive trim level gets you more equipment and more powerful engines.

The base Civic LX starts with a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, and power mirrors and locks. Inside, you get a 60/40-split folding rear bench, cruise control, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, and manual front seats with driver-seat height adjustment. Infotainment is handled by a 5-inch display screen with Bluetooth audio streaming. A CVT automatic is available and comes standard on higher trim levels.

The standard suite of Honda's active safety features and driver aids includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Moving up through the Civic's trim levels adds all sorts of features. A 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is available and offers the option of navigation in higher trims. There's also a beefier stereo to go along with it. Other features include power seats, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dual-zone climate control and more.

Perhaps the best upgrade to the 2019 Honda Civic is the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. It improves both acceleration and fuel economy, and it's one of the reasons we like the Civic so much.

No matter what you want from your compact car, the Civic likely has something to offer you. Make sure to read our full review to learn more, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2019 Honda Civic in your area.

2019 Honda Civic Overview

The 2019 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Si, Civic Type R, Civic Hatchback. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Touring 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Honda Civic?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Honda Civic and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Civic 4.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Civic.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Honda Civic and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Civic featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda Civic?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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