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2019 Honda Civic gets nip-and-tuck updates

by Byron Hurd

The Civic gets some minor enhancements for the new model year.

Honda introduced the 2019 Civic Monday, announcing a few minor updates to the bread-and-butter compact sedan and coupe--both just a touch too new for a full-blown refresh, but old enough that some updates couldn't hurt.

The big news is that both models will get a Sport trim--an option which has only been available on hatch models up to this point.

Putting it that way is a bit disingenuous, however. Unlike the hatchback Sport (a sort-of stepping stone to the Civic Si hatch that Honda doesn't sell), the sedan and hatch won't get more power. In fact, they won't even feature the turbocharged four-cylinder offered in the Civic's higher trim levels.

In these applications, the Sport will serve as more of a popular equipment package, bundling 18-inch wheels, gloss black exterior accents, and (for the sedan, anyway), a spoiler.

Inside, these models also get the 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Sport is available with either a manual or continuously variable automatic.

Honda is also taking this opportunity to make its Honda Sensing suite of safety and semi-autonomous driving aids available on every trim in both the sedan and couple lineups. Expect the 2019 Civic to hit dealers shortly.