Honda Civic standardizes safety, sprouts Sport trim

Yolanda Curtis
August 14, 2018

The tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan has been given a subtle makeover in the United States, a facelift that is expected to preview changes likely to be rolled out to other markets in the future. After all, the Civic is targeting its third consecutive year as America's number one retail-selling auto and its eighth straight year as the top retail-selling compact vehicle (excluding fleet sales). The 2019 Sedan and Coupe turn it up a notch with evolutionary styling updates, front and rear. In front, there's a new piano black "wing" on the grille (replaces chrome) and a restyled lower fascia.

Moving on to the Civic Sport, the newcomer is slotted above the LX and below the EX.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe Sport Red Rear Left Quarter

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. The sedan differs from the coupe through the rear decklid spoiler plus the splitter-style rear bumper with a chrome-tipped polygonal exhaust inspired by the Civic Si. An updated seven-inch infotainment system is standard, and it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2019 Civic will get Honda Sensing as standard on Civic Coupe and Sedan from LX to Touring models. The Sensing system features automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, a lane-keep assist system, and adaptive cruise control.

I was always surprised that Honda had a Sport trim for the Fit but not the Civic.

While the United States market features both a turbocharged 1,5-litre petrol engine and a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre, South Africans are offered the former along with a free-breathing 1,8-litre.

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