2019 Honda Civic first drive: Midcycle changes make a more civil Civic

For now let’s just look at what’s different on the freshened 2019 Civics. The lower bumper is restyled, with a new blacked-out treatment. The top-of-the-line Touring trim gets a new design that actually gives the lights a wider and longer beam, Honda says. There’s more chrome on the front fascia. The rear bumper is lower.In addition to those new audio buttons and the volume knob, the 2019 has better Bluetooth that pairs easier with your smart phone. Even the cupholders are bigger and better, Honda promises. More sound insulation lets you hear those Bluetooth tunes better. The Civic EX sedan gets an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat while the Touring sedan adds a four-way power passenger seat. The coupe and sedan Touring get new 18-inch wheels as well as paddle shifters for the CVT transmission.Powertrains remain the same. The coupe and sedan LX and Sport trims get a 2.0-liter four making 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque with your choice of six-speed manual or CVT. The EX, EX-L and Touring trims get the more-powerful 1.5-liter turbo making 174 hp and 162 lb-ft with the CVT trans.Prices range from $21,570 for a 2.0 LX Coupe to $28,220 for a Touring sedan with the 1.5-liter Turbo.