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8.3

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Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2019 Honda Civic Review

The 2019 Honda Civic finishes near the top of our compact car rankings. It delivers better performance than most class rivals, and it boasts an upscale interior with comfortable seating. However, the Civic's below-average predicted reliability rating is a notable drawback.

Pros & Cons

  • Dynamic performance
  • High-end cabin
  • Ample cargo room
  • Great fuel economy
  • Unintuitive available touch-screen interface
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • Sport trim debuts
  • Refreshed exterior appearance
  • Honda Sensing standard in all trims
  • Upgraded Display Audio system

Is the Honda Civic a Good Car?

Yes, the Honda Civic is a good car. Available in coupe, sedan, and hatchback body styles, it has versatility that few compact cars can match, as you can get a Civic. In any iteration, this Honda is a quick and agile car that returns great gas mileage. Inside, the Civic is more upscale than many rivals, and it has ample passenger space.

The touch screen could could be more user-friendly, and the Honda's subpar predicted reliability rating is a bummer, but overall, this is a great little vehicle. It also has one of the best combinations of quality and value in the segment, which is why we named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Compact Car for the Money award.

Should I Buy the Honda Civic?

The Civic should absolutely be one of the finalists when small-car shoppers are narrowing their options. As mentioned above, this is a well-rounded car with many more positives than negatives, and only a handful of competitors can match its overall appeal. It’s hands down a better car than rivals like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Though the Civic costs more than most competitors, it’s a great buy.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Civic?

The 2019 Honda Civic is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model year. The Honda Sensing bundle of driver assistance features became standard for the 2019 model, though you can find most of these features in older models. For 2019, Honda also upgraded the exterior design, debuted a new Sport trim, and added a much-needed physical volume knob to accompany the touch-screen interface. If these changes don’t matter much to you, consider shopping for a 2017 Civic or a 2018 Civic. These models are virtually identical to each other and should cost thousands of dollars less than a new Civic.

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We Did the Research for You: 41 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 41 Honda Civic reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Civic is the right new car for you. This 2019 Honda Civic review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Honda Civic Cost?

The 2019 Honda Civic sedan starts at $19,450, which is high for a nonhybrid or alternative-fuel compact car. The Civic coupe and the Civic hatchback are a little more expensive at $20,650 and $21,450, respectively. Both the coupe and four-door versions of the sporty Civic Si retail for $24,300, and the high-performance Civic Type R will set you back at least $35,700.

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Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is a solid car, but it isn’t as good as the Honda Civic. The Corolla has anemic performance overall, with a timid base engine and a slightly stronger available engine. The Toyota's handling is snooze-worthy, and its ride quality can suffer over harsh bumps. On the other hand, the Civic has several potent engine choices and is fun to drive. You’ll get a nicer interior, more cargo space, and better fuel economy with the Civic as well. While the Corolla features a user-friendly (and standard) touch-screen infotainment system, there’s no support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. You can get both of these smartphone integration features in the Civic. The Corolla has a better predicted reliability rating, but that's not enough for us to recommend it over the Civic. 

Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra?

Like the Corolla, the Hyundai Elantra is a good car that ranks in the middle of the competitive compact car class. It has decent handling and OK engine power, but the Civic trounces it in both of these metrics. This Hyundai has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, and it's thousands less than the Civic. The Honda has a more impressive cabin, however, with lots of standard safety features, a spacious back seat, and a big trunk. Hyundai’s infotainment system is more straightforward and easier to use than the Honda's, and it has a better predicted reliability rating, but that shouldn’t be enough to sway you from the more compelling Civic.

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Civic Interior

How Many People Does the Civic Seat?

Most Civic models – whether sedan, coupe, or hatchback – seat five people. The Type R only holds four. The front seats are comfortable and feature lots of head- and legroom. Rear-seat space is best in the sedan. There's lots of legroom in back for taller folks to stretch out, though headroom is a bit tight.

Civic and Child Car Seats

The Civic has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections for the rear outboard seats, as well as a dedicated tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Civic's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The lower anchors are located deep in the seat cushion, which could make them hard to access. In hatchback models, the middle tether anchor is more difficult to locate, and other hardware could be mistaken for the anchor.

Civic Interior Quality

The Civic's cabin has a solid build quality and is replete with upscale materials. Even plastic surfaces are impressive. This contrasts with the hard or cheap-feeling plastics sometimes present in other mainstream cars.

Civic Cargo Space

The 2019 Civic sedan has a ton of cargo space for a compact car. Most trims have 15.1 cubic feet, while the Touring model has a little less. Coupes have around 12 cubic feet of trunk space. The Civic hatchback is the most utilitarian, with 22.6 or 25.7 cubic feet of space behind its back seat, depending on the model. Folding down the second row opens up 46.2 cubic feet in all models. A low lift-in height makes it easy to load heavy items.

Civic Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Civic comes up a little short with its tech features. The base model features amenities like Bluetooth, a USB port, and four-speakers. A 5-inch display screen serves as your media hub. All other trims feature a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with sharp graphics and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You may want to take advantage of the smartphone integration, as Honda’s native interface isn’t very user-friendly.

For 2019, Honda added a traditional physical volume knob to the dashboard. Previously, you had to adjust the volume via touch-screen controls, which could be distracting when driving. There are also large, clearly labeled climate control knobs on the center stack.

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Civic Performance

Civic Engine: Plenty of Good Choices

The Honda Civic comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower. It does a decent job of scooting the car around, and the standard six-speed manual transmission adds some sportiness. However, for better all-around performance, look to the Civic's optional turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and puts out 174 horsepower. Certain hatchback trims increase the power to 180 horses. This inline-four turbo powertrain delivers good muscle throughout the rev range, with plenty of low-end torque to get you moving from a stop. The CVT pairs well with this engine to simulate precise, smooth shifts.

Driving enthusiasts should have their eye on the sporty Civic Si or the track-ready Civic Type R. The Civic Si features a 205-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and the Type R has a 306-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The six-speed manual is the only available transmission for these two models.

Civic Gas Mileage: Great Across the Board

The 2019 Civic gets its best fuel economy with the 174-horsepower turbo engine and the automatic transmission. Its estimates of 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway are some of the highest in the class among nonhybrids. The base engine with the CVT gets 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those are still very good numbers for the segment.

Civic Ride and Handling: Bursts of Fun

Lithe handling and engaging driving dynamics make the Civic one of the most fun cars in its class. This Honda is also easy to maneuver in tight spaces like a parking lot or in city traffic. Get it on the open road, and it handles corners with enthusiasm. There's plenty of feedback from the pavement, and the steering is well-weighted. It also absorbs most bumps and other unpleasantries in the road.

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Civic Reliability

Is the Honda Civic Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Civic a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Honda Civic Warranty

Honda covers the Civic with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Civic Safety

Civic Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Civic a five-star overall crash test rating, with four-out-of-five stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Civic the highest rating of Good in all crash tests, but the Civic's headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. 

Civic Safety Features

The 2019 Civic comes standard with the Honda Sensing package of driver assistance features. These include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. A multi-angle rearview camera is also standard, and there's an available LaneWatch camera, which acts as a passenger-side blind spot monitoring system.

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Which Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

The Honda Civic comes in three body styles – sedan, coupe, and hatchback – and four or five trim levels. Sedan and coupe models come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is optional. The turbo engine is standard in all hatchback models. Depending on trim and body style, a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. Most trims share the same features, but some feature availability varies by body style.

Though all Civic models now come with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies, you'll likely want to skip the base model because it lacks a modern touch-screen infotainment system. Jump up one trim level to the Civic Sport to get a touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as other convenience features like proximity key entry, push-button start, and remote start. The Civic EX adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, a moonroof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and satellite radio, making it a good value.

Honda Civic LX

The 2019 Honda Civic LX starts at $19,450 for the sedan, $20,650 for the coupe, and $21,450 for the hatchback. Standard features include cloth seats, automatic climate control, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 5-inch audio display screen, and a multi-angle rearview camera. The standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Optional features include two rear USB charging ports and wireless device charging.

Honda Civic Sport

The Civic Sport lineup consists of the $21,150 sedan, the $21,450 coupe, and the $22,250 hatchback. Added features include alloy wheels, leatherette and cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, proximity key entry, push-button start, remote start, and sport pedals. A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes an eight-speaker stereo, an additional USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Honda Civic EX

The Honda Civic EX sedan starts at $23,400. The coupe version is $23,200, and the hatchback is $23,750. This trim includes an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a moonroof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera.

Honda Civic EX-L

The Civic EX-L sedan costs $24,600 and adds leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The hatchback version, known as the EX-L Navi, costs $26,250 and comes with leather upholstery and navigation.

Honda Civic Touring

Prices for the top-of-the-line Honda Civic Touring are $27,300 for the sedan, $26,850 for the coupe, and $28,750 for the hatchback Sport Touring. The sedan gets navigation, a 10-speaker premium stereo, heated rear seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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The Final Call

The 2019 edition of the Honda Civic continues the car's legacy of finishing near the top of our compact car rankings year in and year out. Available in three body styles, this car has something for everyone, regardless of whether you value interior quality, passenger and cargo space, fuel efficiency, or enjoyable driving dynamics. If you're shopping for a small car, the Civic definitely merits consideration.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "If you’re looking for a smartly styled small sedan that isn’t so small on the inside, has incredibly good resale and reliability ratings and offers a wide range of engine and trim levels, the Honda store is your one-stop shopping destination, and the 2019 Honda Civic is the reason why." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Good things come in threes, and for Honda's … Civic, that's certainly the case. The Japanese automaker's Civic hatchback is joining the Civic sedan and coupe body styles, and in almost every category, the Civic hatch improves on an already-good car. … The Civic hatchback is worth the price markup and increase in fuel costs versus the Civic sedan because of its added cargo room and flexibility gains. It makes the Civic hatchback much more viable for carrying big items. I think it looks better, too." -- Cars.com (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: September 12, 2019

Strong Demand: The Civic continues to battle neck-and-neck with the Toyota Corolla for the top sales rank in the compact car sales race, and currently holds first place. Demand for the Honda is holding steady, as dealerships have moved about the same number of Civic models so far this year compared to the same period in 2018.

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