It would be a restrained statement to call the 10th generation Honda Civic a hit. It has been the leader in auto sales in America since the first Honda Civic in 2016, thanks in large part to its great packaging, beautifully decorated interior and elegant style. Now, for 2019, small updates of style and technology come to enhance this already durable package.
The 2019 Civic molding sheet has not changed significantly. Civic transmission remains unaltered for 2019. The LX and Sport come with a 2-liter I4, with 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torsion, yet you can get Sport with a manual transmission.
The rest of the queue bundles a more powerful 1.5-liter I4 with turbocharging and 174 horses and 162 lb-ft, that works with a constantly changeable transmission. The pair collectively returns approximately 30 miles per gallon in the city according to the EPA and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.
The power of the turbo motor will not take you away, but the four-cylinder engine responds to driving around the city and offers many possibilities for driving on the highway. Honda knows exactly how to fine-tune the CVT, with well-modeled gear shifts - this is one stepless unit that works more like a normal automatic.
In Sport mode, an updated transmission display allows the generator to spin at higher revs when you are craving for some fun. Shift paddles are also part of the Touring package, but the reaction to the shift is lazy and really uninteresting.
What is really apparent is the upgrade you won’t see is Honda’s additional soundproofing added to the Civic. It is remarkably quiet inside, even at highway accelerations. Combined with spacious passenger and cargo rooms (the trunk has a space of 14.7 cubic feet), the 2019 Civic is a convenient and practical daily driver.