By on September 25, 2018

The Big H rolled out additional details for its 2019 lineup today, including trims and pricing for the Civic and Civic Coupe. As Steph detailed last month, the Sport trim will be added to the coupe and sedan, giving buyers who don’t want the hunchback hatchback an extra model in which they can get the 158-horsepower 2.0-liter engine.

Buried in the details is a rejiggering of transmission availability. With the six-speed manual no longer available on the base coupe, shoppers who want a two-door Civic with a stick shift will be paying more in 2019.

In fact, the new Sport trim is the only way to row-yer-own in a Civic coupe in 2019. Last year, coupe buyers could slide into an LX Manual for $19,350 sans destination. For the 2019 model year, the base model coupe is available only with the CVT. The Sport-trimmed coupe starts at $21,450, a jump of over two grand over the former Ace of Base stick shift LX coupe.

Dipping into the pockets of enthusiasts for an extra $2,100 falls into the Not Cool category. I use the term enthusiasts since most folks who select a two-door manual-trans car generally prioritize driving fun over other considerations. Back-of-napkin math pegs this additional cheddar at about $40/mo when spread out over a typical note.

The LX sedan is still available as manual, now priced at $19,450 plus the inevitable $895 destination charge. This is a $510 hike over last year. The most expensive Civic on the lot, a Touring Sedan equipped with the 175 hp 1.5L turbo and a CVT, will hoover $27,300 from a customer’s bank account.

Price hikes are not wholly unreasonable, given that all 2019 Civic coupes and sedans now come with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist systems. Honda Sensing includes adaptive cruise, forward collision warnings, lane keeping, and lane departure warning. Additionally, all Honda Civic models are now equipped with automatic high beams as part of the Honda Sensing package. The nifty LaneWatch doesn’t appear until EX trims.

Sharp-eyed car spotters will be able to spy a 2019 by way of a few styling tweaks. The lower part of the front bumper is changed slightly, while some blacked-out trim is added. The sedan will get a spear of chrome along its rear bumper. Civic also receives three new colors: Platinum White Pearl, Molten Lava Pearl (Sedan only), and Tonic Yellow Pearl (Coupe only). You can guess which one this extrovert likes the best.

Honda also threw some development dollars at the interior, bestowing it with larger cupholders and a slightly revised infotainment system. At least the company listen to customers, as it was thanks to much public carping that the company added an actual volume knob for the stereo before this 2019 model year.

Sales of the Civic regularly crest 300,000 units per year in America. It currently outsells such cars as the entire family of Corollas and the Nissan Sentra. Its volume is roughly twice that of the Elantra.

[Images: Honda]

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29 Comments on “2019 Honda Civic: Dig Deeper If You Want a Two-door Stick...”


  • avatar
    OzCop

    Looks like the best deal is to buy the 2018…I won’t buy anything with a CVT personally. I am looking at trading in my Focus ST for a Civic Si coupe…might do that sooner rather than later to avoid the extra cost levied on the 2019. The Si is indeed a nice car, even in base trim…

    • 0 avatar
      b534202

      If you can live without a volume knob, then yeah.

      • 0 avatar

        I’ll never understand the bruhaha about the volume knob…I rarely use it. I just use the steering wheel controls

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          This is personal preference, of course, but the lack of a volume knob was one of the things that turned me away from a Civic a couple of years ago. The digital gauges on the Si are also a turn-off for me.

        • 0 avatar
          b534202

          Sounds like you don’t need a 2019 Civic then.

          • 0 avatar
            Sub-600

            Volume knobs? It must be a real stripper if it has a volume knob. I think volume knobs are part of the Crank Window Pkg. which includes a whip antenna and 8-Track player.

          • 0 avatar
            White Shadow

            “Volume knobs? It must be a real stripper if it has a volume knob”

            I have three $50k+ cars in my household, the oldest one being a 2016 model and they all have volume knobs.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Both volume knob and tune knob are an absolute requirement on any car purchase – I can’t think of anything more frustrating than having to click a button repeatedly to quickly turn down the volume, or worse not be able to quickly change station – say from 93.3 to 96.1 in a flash. Sometimes there aren’t enough presets and a good tune knob can be learnt so you know exactly how much “flick” is needed to get to a certain station.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Which I should mention in case any double din headunit manufacturing exec is watching this space – BUILD A G-D HEADUNIT WITH VOLUME AND TUNE KNOB I’d buy 3-4 of them myself alone. I want apple car play in my older trucks but I refuse to buy a headunit without a volume and tune knob.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I want to like this car but I just don’t.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    “Dipping into the pockets of enthusiasts for an extra $2,100 falls into the Not Cool category”

    Whats wrong with this? Didn’t we always said that the reason we(you) don’t by manual cars is because manual is not avail with cool options? Although, knowing honda, this sport trim is probably has 18″ wheels but not have variable intermittent mirrors.

    And they still have those most stupid gauges.

    • 0 avatar
      civicjohn

      @slavuta, why no love for the gauges? I really like the predominate digital speedo and the tach is quite easy to read, in daylight or night. And if I get a hankering to play “hypermile”, the MPG efficiency bar is a great way to do it.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        civicjohn,

        Lets take digi speedo. it has no readability. If your car is so quick, you just have some blinking light in front of you. In 6 seconds, it has to change from 0 to 60. I don’t think your eye was designed for this. Plus, we already went through this childish [email protected] in the 1980-90 and we came back to analog stuff. This classic stuff is classy and easy on the eye. Even the new digital high end ones look analog. I still prefer full analog, with moving arms.

        In the specific case of Civic, this whole dash looks like 1985 computer game. childish stuff. Of course, there is element of personal preferences. But for automakers the only taste that matter is the taste of those who buys new cars. I buy new cars. so Civic and Mazda3 sit on their respective lots partially because their dashes are “too funky”

        • 0 avatar
          White Shadow

          Nobody watches the speedometer, digital or analog, while going from 0-60 in size seconds. However, everyone glances at the speedometer while cruising back roads or highways. And a quick glance at a digital speedometer is superior in that situation. Just a number, no interpretation necessary.

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      “not have variable intermittent mirrors.”

      Man I just gotta have that crucial intermittent setting on my mirrors :P

  • avatar
    sirwired

    I can’t disagree with moving the stick in the coupe up-trim. It’s a low-volume option, and I imagine the take rates for the base trim with a stick were lower-than-low, and the profits even worse. I imagine it’s primary purpose was to advertise “Civic Coupe Starting at $19,350!” (but good luck finding a dealer that actually stocks one!)

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    I can’t see why anyone would go for the coupe anyway. Drives no better than the sedan, and IIRC it costs more while being way less practical. Not exactly a great looker either. What they need to do is port the Si stuff over to the hatchback.

  • avatar
    Fordson

    Enthusiasts? I’m thinking an enthusiast doesn’t have a lot of use for a 158 hp, no-torque engine. You’re an enthusiast and want a 6MT? Get an Si. You can’t swing $25k rather than $20k? You’re probably boderline for getting a new car.

  • avatar
    smartascii

    If Honda Sensing is now standard equipment, does that mean I can have it with the manual? Including adaptive cruise? And how does that work, exactly?

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Is the $57,900 (with dealer adjustment) Type R going to be available again?

  • avatar
    ijbrekke

    Any news on the Si?

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Economies of scale have shifted so that the manual transmission is no longer cheaper to source and produce. It is cheaper for the automakers to toss in that CVT that all the volume models have. Kudos to Honda for keeping it around at all. Anyone that gives a crap about a manual will pay more for one.


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