By on October 26, 2018

Honda has already revealed updates for the 2019 Civic, announcing a handful of interior changes and adding a new sport trim last August. However, the sporting Civic Si wasn’t included as part of that corporate proclamation. Fortunately, Honda didn’t forget about it. The brand simply wanted to leave some breathing room between announcements, as this is a big one.

That’s right, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. The Honda Civic Si is finally getting bigger cupholders.

Have you ever tried sticking a Big Gulp in the center console of that particular vehicle? Me neither; it would surely impede operation of the stick shift. But carting around oversized beverages is about to become a whole lot easier, the manufacturer claims. Other changes are on tap for 2019, like massively improved interior controls, but we wanted to lead with the truly juicy stuff.

The 2019 Honda Civic Si receives an updated infotainment system with a new interface that includes a volume knob and physical buttons for key functions. Honda also said it improved Bluetooth integration for easier device pairing, but we’re much more interested in that volume knob. This has to be the biggest complaint we’ve heard from anyone who’s piloted a late-model Honda.

Thankfully, the manufacturer listened — the knobs make an appearance throughout the 2019 Civic line, with other models returning to normal volume control practices as well. Honda did the world a solid by adding some physical buttons to the Civic Si’s HVAC controls. It also claims to have developed intuitive steering wheel controls and an improved electronic parking brake switch. Frankly, the volume knob would have been enough for us.

Honda also adds Platinum White Pearl to the Civic Si’s exterior color palette, with the coupe having exclusive access to Tonic Yellow Pearl. You’ll no longer have access to the summer tire package as a factory option, though it remains available from your dealer.

Powertrain options remain unchanged. The model’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger will continue producing 205 horsepower, and the very nice six-speed manual transmission carries over. That’s totally fine, as it means it will remain one of the most enjoyable front-drive autos one can purchase.

You’re probably still wondering about those cupholders, though. Exactly how much they’ve been scaled up is a complete mystery. Honda didn’t give any specific measurements and the item is mysteriously absent from the provided press images. Perhaps the manufacturer thinks it can trick people into heading over to the dealership to see for themselves. After all, this isn’t the kind of thing one can easily resist.

The 2019 Honda Civic Si Sedan and Coupe begin arriving at dealerships at the very start of November. Pricing for both the coupe and sedan start at $25,195, including destination. If you buy one, please send us a photo of it holding onto the biggest cup you can find.


[Images: Honda]

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