The Honda Civic is one of the hottest compact cars available on the market right now, both in terms of style and performance. That’s been the case since the current-gen launched in 2016 and, after a refresh earlier this year, probably won’t change any time soon.
There is one thing missing, though: As with most vehicles in its segment, the Civic doesn’t come available with a manual transmission anymore—a common complaint among fans of the car who are into 100% driver engagement.
The Philippine-spec Civic only comes available with a CVT, and most likely will until the end of its current generation. Feeling sad? Well, if you’re not fond of having salt rubbed into your wounds, you might want to stop reading because the Japanese carmaker has just updated the Civic in the US market—and along with a handful of styling tweaks, it gets a six-speed manual gearbox.
Yes, the Civic gets a manual transmission. In the US. Sure, it can only be had with the car’s top-of-the-line Sport Touring hatchback variant (which packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine), but it’s better than not having it available at all. Right?
Honda has also revised the foglight housings to feature a body-color crossbar, while the lower grille gets a new mesh look. The refresh features new wheel designs, too. Inside, the vehicle gets a new dashboard trim that varies in design depending on the variant you choose (high-end units get brushed black surfaces).
Finally, more emphasis has been put toward tactile feel. Both the infotainment setup and the A/C controls now feature more physical buttons and dials, and Honda says the steering-wheel controls have been updated for easier operation. Other changes include an additional cupholder and an indicator light on the electronic parking brake.
The new US-spec Civic starts at $22,580 (around P1.18 million), with the manual Sport Touring variant going for $29,780 (P1.56 million). Would you be willing to pay a slight premium to get the Honda Civic with a manual transmission?