There are all sorts of nifty features available on today’s cars. You can add leather seats, premium sound systems, and real wood trims that all turn an average ride into something special. You can also add safety features, which aren’t nearly as exciting, but are far more useful. The problem with adding anything is the cost, but if you go with a Honda, then you’re getting a solid suite of standard safety even on their most affordable models.
The 2019 Honda Civic sedan comes in a range of five trims starting with the LX priced at a modest $19,550. This includes a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. If you don’t know how to drive a manual, take the opportunity to learn or spend an extra $800 for the automatic. That brings the total to $20,350. Even with the added expense of the automatic transmission, this is an affordable small sedan.
Sitting at the top of the lineup is the Touring, which adds a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 174 horsepower and an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Pricing on this trim is $27,400, which although not as affordable as the base trim, keeps the Civic priced below the $30K mark.
Now, as you probably figured, the higher you go up in the model range the more goodies that come on your Civic. The turbocharged engine makes an appearance in the middle of the lineup along with amenities including dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and an 8-way power driver’s seat.
By the time you get to the Touring, there are leather-trimmed seats, heated rear outboard seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and auto on/off LED headlights. It’s an affordable car that’s packed with features, but you do have to go right to the top to get the fanciest options. When it comes to safety, however, all but one available feature is standard across the lineup.
Every car company has their own lingo for their safety suite and at Honda it’s called Honda Sensing. This includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. These are all key features to keep you safe and you don’t have to pay anything extra to get them on the Civic sedan.
Wondering about that one safety feature that isn’t standard? It’s called Honda LaneWatch and it’s available on all but the two base trims. This feature turns on a camera in the passenger-side mirror any time you activate the right turn signal and displays a live video on the infotainment touchscreen.
With Honda LaneWatch, you see more than you would with just the traditional sideview mirror, but it can be distracting if you change lanes at high speeds. It also takes over the infotainment screen, which isn’t helpful if you’re relying on the navigation system. It can be deactivated with a button on the turn signal stalk if you find it more annoying than helpful.
Adding to the Civic’s safety prowess are strong safety ratings. It received an overall 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a top rating in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The only low rating it received was a Poor for headlights, which kept it from winning the group’s top awards.
Overall, the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan is a strong choice for those who put a priority on safety. With pricing under $30K for even the top trim, standard Honda Sensing, and high crash test ratings, it’s no wonder it’s a top-selling model.