2019 Honda Civic 1.5T 4D Touring Review by David Colman - It's E15 Approved
Dollar for dollar, it's the best in its class
By David Colman
Special Correspondent to THE AUTO CHANNEL
The Touring sedan, which weighs 2,936 lbs, enjoys a decent weight-to-power ratio of 16.87lb/hp. This in turn allows the Civic to complete a quarter mile sprint in 15.2 seconds from a standing start. The 0-60mph run evaporates in just 6.8 seconds, so the Civic Touring provides decently quick rush. Better yet, the 1.5 liter turbo is remarkably fuel efficient, posting an overall mileage figure of 33MPG. However, the CVT unit tends to amplify the engine's laborious drone. While the Touring is adequately quick, you won't confuse its performance with anything from Audi or BMW.
Inside the cabin, the Civic is finished in multiple, underwhelming shades of black. The leather trimmed seats are not particularly supportive, though they do evince a flash of sportiness in their muted gray checkered flag cloth inserts. Both front seats lack lumbar adjustment, but counterbalancing that omission is provision of seat heaters for all seats front and rear.
Honda Sensing is now standard equipment on all Civic models for 2019, and we briefly experienced these various features before deleting their interventions. The portfolio includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which proved jerky in slow moving conditions but better suited to long stretches at freeway speed. The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) constantly reminds you via message screen on the instrument panel that you need to keep your hands on the wheel if you expect any help from the subliminal forces of LKAS. We did experience gentle nudges from LKAS when banked into turns - as long as we kept touch with the wheel. Perhaps this is what Honda meant when they described this Civic as having 4D.
For minimal money, the Civic Touring is a lot of sedan. So much so that the Civic model line is the second best seller in the Honda portfolio. With one million Civics sold since 2015, only the CR-V top it in sales. Sure, you can carp about some of the Touring's failings, like the boring interior look, or the fact that the steering rack reaches the end of its travel with a disconcerting clunk. But tell me where you'll find a more competent 5 seat sedan for this kind of money.
2019 HONDA CIVIC 1.5T 4D TOURING
ENGINE: 1.5 liter inline 4, turbocharged
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 30MPG City/38MPG Highway
PRICE AS TESTED: $28,220
HYPES: Value Proposition, Decent Go, Stop and Handle
GRIPES: More Knobs, Fewer Slides
STAR RATING: 8 Stars out of 10