Honda reveals facelifted Civic for the US market

Featuring exterior upgrades and Honda Sensing safety tech
by Sharleen Banzon | Aug 14, 2018

Almost three years after its worldwide release, the Honda Civic receives its first cosmetic refresh for the 10th-generation model, whose cumulative sales is set to hit one million units this year. Do note that the facelifted versions pictured here are for the North American market, so don't get your hopes up about owning a Civic coupe—we only get the sedan configuration in our country. (Well, there's also the hatchback, but only in Type R guise.)

For 2019, the US-market Civic will have a piano-black upper front grille not unlike the one already worn by the RS Turbo we have locally (the pre-facelift US models, as well as our current base-spec 1.8 E Civic, have chrome upper grilles). Other changes to the exterior include updated halogen or LED headlamps, a restyled lower front grille that emphasizes the car's "low and wide athletic stance," chrome side-pod accents, a chrome-accented rear bumper, and new wheel designs.

A new Civic Sport variant, powered by a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT with G-Shift Control, will also be introduced as a midlevel trim between the LX and EX variants currently available in the US. Its distinguishing features include piano-black side-pod accents, new 18in alloys in Berlina Black (the standard rims are 17in), a rear decklid spoiler (for the sedan), and a splitter-style rear bumper with a chrome polygonal exhaust tip like the one on the Civic Si. There's an in-car entertainment upgrade, too, in the form of the latest 7in Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Finally, higher variants of the refreshed Civic will come with Honda Sensing technology. This suite of safety features, which Honda aims to make standard on all its vehicles by the 2022 model year, includes adaptive cruise control, Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist.

Locally, the 10th-generation Civic has received Modulo variants, minor convenience upgrades, and a Navi Limited Edition spec since it was launched in April 2016. Now that this compact sedan is approaching the halfway point of its model lifespan, what new features do you wish to see on its facelifted version?

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