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2020 Honda Civic Sedan LX Manual Sedan - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Tons of standard safety features
  • Variety of trim levels, body styles, and engines to meet any buyer’s needs
  • Reliability ratings are very good for the Honda Civic
  • Honda Civics tend to hold their resale value very well
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Honda Civic Sedan: Everything You Need to Know

About the Honda Civic Sedan:

The Honda Civic sedan is a four-door compact sedan. It seats five people and is one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S.

The 2019 Honda Civic is the tenth generation of the small car. For many, it sets the benchmark for the ideal compact sedan. It has an upscale and spacious interior, a huge trunk, and offers great performance.

The Honda Civic comes in other body types and variants including:

  • Honda Civic Coupe, which has only two doors
  • Honda Civic Hatchback
  • Honda Civic Type R

Honda is a Japanese company known for making affordable, fun-to-drive cars that offer a ton of safety and technologyMost Honda Civics hold their value very well and are some of the most reliable vehicles on the road today.

The Honda Civic sedan recently won several awards from a variety of top-tier outlets for its combination of price, value, and desirability.

Honda says that since the introduction of the Civic in 1973, they have sold more than 19 million Civics worldwide. The Civic accounts for roughly 40 percent of Honda’s annual sales. The Honda Civic has been built in the U.S. since 1986 and is America’s best-selling car by retail sales.

What’s New in the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan?

The 2019 Honda Civic gets a light update to its looks, a few small interior updates, additional standard driver-assistance systems, and a new Sport trim level.

The 2019 Honda Civic gets the following updates:

  • New design cues both inside and outside
  • Audio and HVAC systems with knobs (rather than sliders like previous models)
  • Standard Honda Sensing driver assistance for all trims
  • New Sport Trim with an updated style, 18-inch wheels and tires, and an enhanced handling package. The Sport version of the Honda Civic sedan gets a 2.0-liter engine rather than the turbocharged 1.5-liter version.

The 2019 Honda Civic comes with two engine and two transmission options. They include:

  • A 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque paired with either an optional CVT or a standard six-speed manual transmission
  • A 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a standard CVT transmission.

The EPA estimates that the 2019 Honda Civic gets 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway with the six-speed manual transmission. When paired with the CVT, the fuel economy goes up as high as 30 miles per gallon city and 38 miles per gallon highway.

Honda Civics with the 1.5-liter engine and the CVT can get 32 miles per gallon in the city and 42 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA.

What Does the Honda Civic Sedan Compete With?

The Honda Civic competes with the following compact cars:

The Honda Civic sedan is a fantastic first car. It is also great for brand new families thanks to its suite of standard safety equipment. It is a comfortable, compact commuter as well.

Exterior Design of the Honda Civic Sedan

The 2019 Honda Civic gets an updated exterior for this model year. Updates include:

  • More aggressive styling with a lower bumper making the 2019 Civic look wider at the font.
  • Blacked-out headlight treatment with a gloss black treatment on the grille
  • Touring trims get a new LED headlight design to give lights a wider and longer beam
  • Chrome accents on the front and rear bumpers
  • New colors for the 2019 Honda Civic sedan include:
    • Platinum White Pearl
    • Molten Lava Pearl

Interior Style in the Honda Civic Sedan

The interior of the Honda Civic sedan also gets an update for 2019. Updates make the interior feel more premium and high-tech. These include:

  • A new interface on the Display Audio system (infotainment system) gets knobs (rather than the very annoying slider from previous generations)
  • Improved Bluetooth pairing
  • Redesigned steering wheel controls
  • Larger cupholders
  • New dash trims for LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring sedans
  • Additional sound insulation all around the vehicle

The trunk of the 2019 Honda Civic sedan is cavernous for its class with a whopping 15.1 cubic feet of space. The Civic sedan gets 60/40 folding backseats in every trim except the LX version which gets a full folding backseat.

What Technology Comes in the Honda Civic Sedan?

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan comes packed with tons of technology to make your commute that much better. At the base, the LX trim, you get:

  • A 160-watt audio system with four speakers
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Speed-sensitive radio controls
  • USB Audio inputs
  • 5-inch color LCD infotainment screen

At the Sport trim and above you get a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2019 Honda Civic sedan comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all trims above the LX.

All Civic sedans get the 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display and a whole bunch of driver assistance packages. Some of the tech highlights from the Honda Sensing that comes standard on all Honda Civic sedans includes:

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams

For more on the safety features in the Honda Civic sedan read below.

What Safety Features are in the Honda Civic Sedan?

All Honda Civic sedans come standard with Honda’s safety suite called Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: This system is an automatic emergency braking system that will stop the car if it’s about to hit something. Some reviewers have complained about how sensitive the system is.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System: A camera at the front of the car “reads” road markers and alerts the driver when the car is about to veer off the road. It also applies brakes to keep the Accord on the road.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: In traffic, set the cruise control and the Accord will follow the car ahead keeping a safe distance
  • Lane keeping assist: This system keeps the Accord in the center of its lane.
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic high beams

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Honda Civic sedan a five-star crash rating.

What is the Honda Civic Sedan Like to Drive?

On the road, the Honda Civic sedan is confident and well sorted. It has a smooth ride, and the steering is just responsive enough whether you're stuck in traffic or on a curving road.

If you’re considering a sportier experience, the Sport trim level is right for you with its slightly stiffer suspension, firmer brake pedal, and more responsive steering.

Most reviewers prefer the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine over the 2.0-liter engine because it offers a bit more horsepower and torque off the line. There are some complaints about the somewhat sluggish CVT transmission, but Honda still makes one of the best CVT transmissions on the market.

The Honda Civic sedan is a great bet for someone who is looking for something with a bit more driving personality in their daily driver. The Civic sedan offers a variety of styles and engines to suit any driver’s needs whether you’re looking for something engaging and fun, or just trying to get the best gas mileage possible.

Should I Buy a Current Honda Civic Sedan?

If you are a fan of knobs instead of sliders and hard keys instead of touchscreens for your infotainment and heating and cooling systems, the 2019 Honda Civic sedan is the right choice for you. Previous models have sliders rather than buttons and knobs.

Should I buy a Used Honda Civic Sedan?

If you can get over the fiddly sliders, you can find some great deals on older used models of the Honda Civic sedan. The current generation goes back to 2016 so buying a used Civic from 2016-2018 can save you a bundle and meet your needs.

We recommend avoiding 2001 Civics as they tend to have transmission problems around the 100,000-mile mark, according to

How Much Does the Honda Civic Sedan Cost?

The 2019 Honda Civic sedan starts at around $20,370 including a $920 destination charge for the base LX model.

To step into the Honda Civic sedan Sport trim, you'll need to pony up around $22,070 including destination.

At the top of the line, the Touring Honda Civic sedan will set you back $28,220.

In any form, we highly recommend the 2019 Honda Civic sedan as a great all-around vehicle that can meet your needs.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan


  • Tons of interior space
  • Sharp-looking styling
  • Great resale value
  • Wide variety of trims available


  • Prices can get high as you move up to the top-of-the-line trims
  • Styling can be a bit aggressive for some
  • No all-wheel drive
  • No diesel options
Model History

The History of the Honda Civic Sedan

The Honda Civic hit the U.S. market for the first time as a 1973 model. At the height of the gas and oil crisis, the Civic was a welcome vehicle from the Japanese automaker because of its fuel efficiency, smart use of space, and its front wheel drive set up. It stood in stark contrast to the rear-wheel, gas-guzzling, American cars of the time. Honda’s rather humble tagline at the time was “It will get you where you’re going.”

The first Honda Civics had a reputation for being environmentally friendly, reliable, and fuel efficient.

The 2019 Honda Civic sedan is the tenth generation of the Honda Civic. Then tenth generation was introduced in 2016.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan


Body Style
2.0L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC
158 hp
6-Speed Manual
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve i-VTEC
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 3.94 Axle Ratio
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 12.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Wheels: 16" w/Full Covers
  • Tires: 215/55R16 93H AS
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Fixed Interval Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Black Grille
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Radio: 160-Watt AM/FM Audio System -inc: 4 speakers, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, radio data system (RDS), speed-sensitive volume compensation (SVC), 1.0-amp USB audio interface port in front and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan and Clock
  • Window Grid Antenna
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver seat manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Distance Pacing
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Warranty Options for the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan (4)










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Available Trims for the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan (7)

LX Manual Sedan
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Sport Manual Sedan
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EX CVT Sedan
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EX-L CVT Sedan
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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan LX Manual Sedan:

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating