Honda is making its “Honda Sensing” driver assistance technology standard on the 2019 Honda Civic sedan and coupe.
The suite of safety technology, which includes collision mitigation braking with forward collision warning; road departure mitigation, incorporating lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, is standard or available equipment on all Honda car and light truck nameplates, Honda officials noted.
The 10th-generation Civic line-up for the 2019 model year will also include updated styling and new Sport trim for both body styles.
The updated Civic sedan and coupe are the newest entries in the 10th-generation Civic’s aggressive launch plan that has averaged a new variant every four months during the past three years since the Civic sedan launched in the fall of 2015.
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The popularity of the Civic doesn’t appear to be waning as it is on track for its third consecutive year as America’s top retail-selling car. It has been America’s number-one retail-selling compact car for eight consecutive years, as well as being the most popular car in America with under-35-year-olds for eight of the past nine years.
The new Civic’s aggressive and sporty design is one of the most liked attributes among Civic buyers and the Civic Coupe was the top ranked vehicle of its body type in the J.D. Power’s 2017 APEAL study among compact cars.
The 2019 sedan and coupe turn it up a notch with evolutionary styling updates including front and rear fascias. Changes at the front accentuate the model’s low and wide athletic stance along with a new piano black upper fascia “wing,” restyled lower fascia, bumper and lower grille, a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, and updated halogen or LED headlights.
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A chrome accent on the lower rear bumper of the sedan and new wheel designs for both models – including larger 18-inch rims on the Touring trim – round out the exterior styling updates on the returning trims.
The new Civic Sport trim, positioned between the LX and EX, offers the looks and features budget-conscious enthusiasts are looking for. Civic Sport’s increased attitude comes from a piano black lower front fascia, side pod accents.
The sedan gets all of those items, plus a rear decklid spoiler and a splitter-style rear lower bumper incorporating a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher similar to Civic Si. Larger 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels with Berlina Black finish complete the Sport’s more aggressive look.
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The Sport trim features a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC engine mated to either a smooth and efficient CVT with G-Shift Control or a 6-speed manual. Adding more tech to the Sport, the new trim receives the updated 7-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and volume button.