After a complete redesign for 2016 and minimal styling updates given that its launching, we suspect a possible refresh when the 2019 Civic strikes display rooms. While the changes probably will not be anything over the top, this could mark the return of one electrifying version of the Civic.
Visually, the current Civic still looks great and is one of the most mature-looking vehicles in its class. However we could see a little tweaking occasionally for 2019. We’re likely looking at updates to the headlights, grille, hood, fenders, and perhaps the front and rear bumpers.
Inside, there probably isn’t really much that has to be altered, as the Civic’s cabin is elegant, spacious, and intuitively set up in general. Any huge changes might be detrimental. One location we might see some changes, though, is to its touchscreen infotainment system, which is exceptionally aggravating to use due to its slow inputs, frustrating menu, and absence of a physical volume knob.
Under its hood, we expect the Civic’s gas powertrains to remain the same. The base engine will likely stay 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 possible big powertrain change in 2019 is the return of the Civic Hybrid. This is still in a rumor and speculation phase, but it would likely get here with a 2.0-liter engine coupled with an electrical motor that team up to produce around 170 hp. To stay competitive, the Civic Hybrid would have to get near to the 50 mpg range.
The present Honda Civic is a Top Safety Pick, thanks to its “Good” ratings in all the major crash tests and “Superior” front-crash-prevention system. The only failure it has is its “Poor” headlight test, which could be attended to in the refresh and possibly push it to Top Safety Pick+ status.
Obviously, there is no official release date for the 2019 Civic, but we anticipate to see it in late-2018. Though it will likely be refreshed, chances are that any changes to the pricing will likely be due to inflation, so look for it to stay near the current Civic’s rate range of $20,530 to $34,990 (including $890 destination charge). Key rivals for the 2019 Civic will include the Nissan Sentra, Mazda Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla.