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Thankfully, the new sound insulation and volume knob didn't add too much weight. Our Civic Touring sedan test car weighed in at 2,936 pounds, just 17 pounds more than our comparable long-term vehicle. Powertrains for the front-wheel-drive Civic carry over, including the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated I-4, the 1.5-liter turbo-four, and the Civic Type R's high-strung 2.0-liter turbo-four. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission depending on trim (Civic Si and Type R are manual only).

In our 2019 Civic Touring tester, the 1.5-liter turbo-four is paired to CVT and is tuned to make 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Power is more than adequate, and the engine and CVT behave well together. During testing, we made note of the Civic's smooth power delivery. We recorded a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.2 seconds, matching the pace of our previous 2016 Civic long-termer. It put down a figure-eight lap time of 26.6 seconds, and the test crew found it an easy car to drive briskly.

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The 1.5-liter is still among the most fuel-efficient powertrains in its class, returning an EPA rating of 30/38 mpg city/highway for the Civic Touring sedan (30/37 mpg for the Touring Coupe), increasing to 31/40 for Civic EX Coupe and 32/42 mpg city/highway for Civic EX and EX-L.

In another big change for 2019, Honda Sensing is now standard on every trim level. Previously standard on just Civic Touring, Honda Sensing's list of driver assistance tech includes adaptive cruise control (with low-speed follow), automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high-beams, and a lane departure warning system.

The 2019 Honda Civic LX sedan, coupe, and hatchback start at $20,370, $21,570, and $22,370, respectively. Their long list of standard features includes the aforementioned Honda Sensing, electric parking brake, automatic climate control, and rear folding seats. The new Civic Sport sedan and coupe are new trim offerings for 2019, starting at $22,070 and $22,370, respectively. Meanwhile, a nicely equipped Civic EX—now only offered with the 1.5-liter turbo engine—can be had for $24,320, and our loaded Touring sedan rings in at $28,220.

With that said, the refreshed 2019 Civic's strong value along with smart engineering and impressive efficiency serves as a reminder of why Honda's compact sedan has been a standout in its segment for more than 40 years.

2019 Honda Civic Touring BASE PRICE $28,220 PRICE AS TESTED $28,220 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 1.5L/174-hp/162-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2,936 lb (61/39%) WHEELBASE 106.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 182.7 x 70.9 x 55.7 in 0-60 MPH 6.8 sec QUARTER MILE 15.2 sec @ 92.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 113 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.88 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.66 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 30/38/33 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 112/89 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.59 lb/mile Photo Gallery

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