After a full redesign for 2016 and minimal styling updates since its debut, we suspect a potential refresh when the 2019 Civic strikes showrooms. While the changes more than likely won’t be anything over the top, this could mark the return of one electrifying version of the Civic.
2019 Honda Civic Design
Visually, the existing Civic still looks excellent and is one of the most mature-looking vehicles in its class. But we might see a little tweaking occasionally for 2019. We’re most likely looking at updates to the headlights, grille, hood, fenders, and perhaps the front and rear bumpers.
2019 Honda Civic Interior
Inside, there arguably isn’t really much that has to be changed, as the Civic’s cabin is stylish, roomy, and intuitively established in general. Any huge changes could be disadvantageous. One location we could see some changes, though, is to its touchscreen infotainment system, which is exceptionally discouraging to utilize due to its slow inputs, irritating menu, and lack of a physical volume knob.
2019 Honda Civic Engine
Under its hood, we expect the Civic’s gas powertrains to stay the exact same. The base engine will likely remain a 2.0-liter with 158 horse power, while the optional 1.5-liter turbo engine produces 174 to 180 hp, depending upon the trim. Moving into the Si, the 1.5-liter makes 205 hp, while the stallion of the group, the Type R, features a 306-hp 2.0-liter engine.
The potential big powertrain change in 2019 is the return of the Civic Hybrid. This is still in a report and speculation phase, but it would likely get here with a 2.0-liter engine paired with an electrical motor that team up to produce around 170 hp. To remain competitive, the Civic Hybrid would need to get close to the 50 mpg range.
2019 Honda Civic Safety
The current Honda Civic is a Top Safety Pick, thanks to its “Good” scores in all the major crash tests and “Superior” front-crash-prevention system. The only failure it has is its “Poor” headlight test, which might be dealt with in the refresh and possibly press it to Top Safety Pick+ status.
2019 Honda Civic Pricing & Release Date
Of course, there is no main release date for the 2019 Civic, however we expect to see it in late-2018. Though it will likely be revitalized, opportunities are that any changes to the rates will likely be because of inflation, so search for it to remain close to the present Civic’s price variety of $20,530 to $34,990 (including $890 destination charge). Key competitors for the 2019 Civic will include the Nissan Sentra, Mazda Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla.