We’ve reviewed the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe and have found it to be a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient, highly-versatile car, plus it now comes in what will be a wildly popular Sport trim.

Featuring bigger wheels, paddle shifters and an overall incredible list of features for the price the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe is a great value.  Even more so when you go to iDriveSoCal’s Honda partner in the Inland Empire – Rock Honda.

Our Professor, Clinton Quan, made his way to Rock Honda in Fontana for a day of Civic Coupe Sport test-driving that included a stop in Corona and Menifee. Click play below to hear all the details in this iDriveSoCal podcast.

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2019 Honda Civic Coupe review

Professor: The Sport trim is extremely popular. It’s a great looking car. You get those larger rims. The one I drove had the automatic transmission and the paddle shifters. There’s definitely plenty of power for a compact car. It’s very well-equipped, so you’re getting a lot of car.

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the Podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here joined by the good Professor Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Professor: Hi, Tom.

Tom: Hello, my pal, my buddy, my friend, my amigo, my compadre, my comrade. Thank you for joining me as always. This podcast is a 2019 Honda Civic Coupe Sport review.

Professor: Yes.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review - gray driver-side front profile

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review – gray driver-side front profile

Tom: Right? From our good friends out in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California Rock Honda.

Go out to Rock Honda. Say hello to our friends out there. General manager David Latif, his right hand, Hamid Javid, Veronica Orozco, one of the sales manager, Ruben Serna, service director. Love all you guys out there at Rock Honda.

There are so many people that we could continue to mention, but just go out to Rock Honda. They’re going to take the best care of you. Rock bottom pricing is embedded in their name and whatever your Honda needs are, they’re going to take the best care of you in SoCal. Love you guys out there at Rock. Without further ado, the 2019 Honda Accord…

Professor: Honda Civic.

Tom: No, excuse me. Honda Civic. Let me screw that up. The 2019 Honda Civic Coupe Sport.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Take it away, Professor.

New Sport Trim Option for the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe

Professor: Well, for the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe we reviewed we found out that they came out with a brand-new trim for the coupe. They also have a brand new trim for the sedan as well, the Sport, which was available in the hatchback.

Tom: Okay. Hold on. It’s the sport, which has the new trim. Okay. So it’s only the sport?

Professor: The sport.

Tom: Because you are going to drive the Touring.

Professor: Yes, but they already had a touring before.

Tom: Okay. The Touring trim wasn’t going to be new. It just the Sport trim that’s new.

Professor: Correct. Yeah. It’s just a new trim.

Tom: Got it. Okay.

Professor: The Sport trim slots between the base LX and the mid-level EX.

Tom: The base LX, the mid-level EX.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review - interview steering wheel and dash

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review – steering wheel and dash

Professor: Then you have the top of the line Touring. For the LX …

Tom: They don’t do the EXL?

Professor: There is no EXL trim for the Civic.

Tom: For the Civic. Okay. You got the LX, the sport, the EX, the touring?

Professor: Correct.

Tom: Got it. Okay.

Professor: For the base XL and the Sport trim, that comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 158 horsepower at a 138 lb-ft of torque.

For the upper-level EX trim and the top of the line Touring trim, you get a 1.5 inline-four turbocharge that produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The LX starts at around $20,000. The sport I think it’s around $21,000. Then you move up to the EX, which is around $23,000, and then the top line touring trim will go for around $27,000.

Best Prices on 2019 Honda Civic Coupe

Tom: Okay. As always, these prices are in this case very rough approximates of MSRP. Again, no matter what you want, go to Rock Honda.

They’re going to take the best care of you. But above and beyond all that, you need to get the car equipped to your liking and then the price is going to reflect that, but always go to Rock Honda. They’re going to take care of you. Carry on, Professor.

Professor: I wanted to mention that it’s not surprising that Honda came out with the Sport trim for both the sedan and the coupe.

For those of you who are familiar with the Honda Accord, the Sport trim is extremely popular. It’s a great looking car. You get those larger rims. In the case of the Civic, it comes with 18-inch wheels. It looks really, really sharp with those bigger wheels.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review - side profile

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review – side profile

The one I drove had the automatic transmission and the paddle shifters. There’s also an eco-mode that’s available, but when it’s not in eco mode, it gives you plenty of power. There was certainly no loss of power driving at much higher highway speeds.

Tom: Professor got on it is what it sounds like. But don’t worry friends at Rock Honda, Professor takes the utmost best. We always take care of the cars that we test drive, but we drive them, right, so that we can report on them appropriately because that’s the fun part of our job.

Professor: If someone is looking for a Sport model, I’m sure they’re going to want something that’s more enthusiast-oriented.

Tom: This is that?

Sporty, Powerful & Fuel Efficient 2019 Honda Civic Coupe

Professor: Yes. Well, at least definitely in appearance, but also there’s definitely plenty of power for a compact car this size. It will still give you a decent fuel economy.

Tom: Decent, what are we getting around?

Professor: From our 2019 Civic Coupe review we believe it’s 30-38.

Tom: That’s awesome.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: I mean by my book.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: I saw pictures of the car. I think it’s a beautiful car. I think it’s a very appealing car. As you point out, the Sport models that Honda puts out, it’s very understandable, it’s very logical that their Sport models are so appealing and sell so well because they just do the aesthetic things, but it’s still got plenty of engine.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review - interior from passenger perspective

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review – interior from passenger perspective

Professor: It’s very well-equipped, so you’re getting a lot of car for a good value.

Tom: Hey, you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know that I personally am all about value. Badge is great, but I don’t need the badge. Give me all the stuff. This definitely has that. Take us on the outside. We kind of already did that, but let’s go around the outside specifically. Anything to highlight there?

Professor: Well, I think what’s really interesting about the Civic Coupe is that even though it is technically a coupe and it has a trunk, the back really has a sloped design to it. It looks actually more like a hatchback. You would think that the entire back pops up, including the back window, but it really is a coupe with a very short trunk.

Fun-to-Drive Honda Civic Coupe

Tom: Plenty of space back there still?

Professor: There’s a decent amount of space. You wouldn’t expect a whole lot because it is a coupe. The back of the trunk, it’s not very deep. But for someone who’s reading this 2019 Civic Coupe review and looking for a two door, I think this would be more than adequate in terms of cargo space.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Honda is really the only car company that has a compact coupe. If you think about it…

Tom: Yeah. Good point.

Professor: …there’s no other automobile company that produces a two-door of their compact sedan anymore,  it definitely has that hatchback look to it.

Tom: Hatchback look, but it’s actually a…

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review - rear of car

2019 Honda Civic Coupe review – rear of car

Professor: It’s actually a coupe.

Tom: …a coupe with a trunk.

Professor: Yes, a coupe with a trunk. I think it looks best from the three-quarter rear.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: That’s the picture you saw.

Tom: Yeah. That’s the picture that you sent me.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: I’ve seen other pictures online, whatnot. Okay. Very good. That’s the outside. Take us inside.

Professor: Inside, well, we did a vehicle review of the Civic Sedan last year, the 2018. It doesn’t really look that much different. I believe the big change is that now they do have a volume knob for the audio controls.

Tom: Oh yeah. That was a big thing for some of the 2019 Civic Coupe reviewers.

Professor: That was the big change.

Tom: Instead of just a push button, you got a natural knob. They went away from that, but now they brought it back, which I think a lot of people are…

Professor: It’s a lot more-

Tom: A little bit more user-friendly.

Honda Civic Coupe Safety Tech

Professor: …more intuitive for most people. It’s got a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, a large tachometer with a digital speedometer right in the center and flanked by the oil temp and fuel gauge on both sides.

Tom: Adding to that sportiness.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: You mentioned paddle shifters, right?

Professor: Yes. Correct. It does have paddle shifters as you saw on your 2019 Civic Coupe review. There’s an eco-mode as well. It’s got the electronic park brake. Oh, one thing I noticed was that when I was getting close to the car in front of me, there’s a digital readout in the dashboard, which says, “Brake. Brake. Brake.”

Tom: Did it brake for you automatically or was it just a warning?

Professor: No, no, no, no. It’s a warning. It’ll tell you, “Brake. Brake. Brake.”

Tom: Nevertheless. Now is that part of the Honda sensing?

Professor: Yes, it is. All those…

Tom: The safety features.

Professor: All the safety features come standard, which is another added value for it.

Tom: Yeah. You got to love that.

Professor: Yes. It’s got the Lane Keep Assist.

Tom: It has a backseat.

Professor: Yes.

“All the safety features come standard, which is another added value for it.”

Tom: Are you able to comfortably… A lot of backseats aren’t very useful. But in the case of Hondas, usually, they are. In the case of this vehicle, is it still a useful backseat?

Professor: I would say it’s decent for a compact coupe.

Tom: Okay. It’s a backseat that’s actually usable as well.

Professor: Yes. Definitely very comfortable for children and smaller adults or smaller adults.

Tom: Or short drive adults.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Right?

Professor: Yes. Correct.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe Versatility & Spaciousness

Tom: Not necessarily a trip to Vegas, but you got to make a quick trip to the grocery store, the park or something like that, you can-

Professor: Absolutely.

Tom: …make it work.

Professor: You could also use it as cargo space in the back, right? You could put your clothes back there.

Tom: Right. Absolutely. Okay.

Professor: In terms of the space in the front for the driver and the passenger, we found during our 2019 Civic Coupe review that there’s plenty of space.

Tom: Plenty. Yeah. Yeah.

Professor: It’s very, very spacious.

“there’s no other automobile company that produces a two-door of their compact sedan anymore…”

Tom: It’s not top three things.

Professor: I think we are…

Tom: Yeah. Do you want to do top three things? We’re there?

Professor: I think we’ve covered everything. We’ve talked about the outside, the inside, the engine.

Tom: We got the engine. Okay.

Professor: We got the pricing.

Tom: All right. All right. It’s been a while since we’ve done a vehicle review.

Professor: Yes, it has.

Tom: All right, Professor. Top three favorite things about the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe.

Professor: Top three. I think I mentioned this last time as well, but I’m going to have to go back to it again because as soon as I sat in the vehicle.

That was one thing I really noticed and stood out to me is the outward visibility with that low hood and the cowl gives you excellent visibility.

Great Visibility in the’19 Honda Civic Coupe

Tom: You taught me that word, cowl.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Spelled C-O-W-L.

Professor: You remembered from when you were doing the 2019 Civic Coupe review.

Tom: Right. Of course, I do. Of course, I remembered. Explain cowl again for those that don’t know.

Professor: Well, it’s that intersection between the windshield and the hood.

Tom: The intersection between the…

“[Cowl] it’s that intersection between the windshield and the hood. If it’s lower, then you get a much better visibility of the road.”

Professor: The windshield and the hood. Right at that point right there.

Tom: That’s when you have plenty of space. It gives you a feeling of comfort.

Professor: If it’s lower, then you get a much better visibility of the road.

Tom: Right.

Professor: I remember when I was I think middle school and I was riding in a friend’s Honda, that was one thing I noticed the first time I sat in the vehicle. It’s just so low, so you see the road right in front of you.

Tom: Which gives you a feeling of safety, a feeling of control. That you’re in control of the road and feel safer as a driver, as a passenger. Okay. Very good. That’s your number one thing is the vehicle’s cowl.

Professor: The vehicle’s outward visibility.

Tom: Outward visibility.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay.

Smooth Riding Civic Coupe

Professor: I’m going to have to also go with the ride of the vehicle. For a compact car, I thought the ride was very smooth, whether you’re talking about on highways or on surface streets.

Tom: That’s what I meant to get us to. Didn’t really cover the ride of the vehicle. The ride of the vehicle. Where did you go?

Professor: Well, as we talked about in a number of other podcasts…

Tom: You know what? I know where you went because … Well, okay. Let me take this back. I meant like specific roads. Okay. The Professor… I got to explain this one.

The Professor did the 2019 Civic Coupe review for our friends at Rock Honda. He hit an auto show for it. The Local Car Fest

Professor: In Corona.

Tom: …in Corona, and then he also hit the Motte Historical Museum

Professor: In Menifee.

Tom: …in Menifee. We just did a couple of podcasts about those things, which are very neat events and venues. In the case of the museum, it’s obviously a venue. The events, the automotive show, the auto show only happens once a year, but both two cool things.

That’s why he said, “Oh, well, you know what I did.” Well, yeah, but the roads that you went on. Was it all surface streets? Was it all highways? How did it drive on those different road conditions?

Professor: I drove both on freeways and on highways. Took the 15 down to Corona and then after lunch at Shops At Dos Lagos. I took one of the highway routes out to Menifee.

2019 Honda Civic Coupe Top-3 

Tom: Okay. I just completely destroyed the flow of your top three things. Professor’s top three things. Again, number one is?

Professor: Outward visibility.

Tom: Number two is?

Professor: The ride.

Tom: Number three?

Professor: Number three, I’ll probably have to go with the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Awesome fuel efficiency, right?

2019 Honda Civic Coupe Top-3
1. Outward visibility – cowl.
2. Fun-to-drive, sporty ride.
3. Great fuel economy.

Tom: All right. Well, fantastic. Professor, thank you, as always for yet another wonderful vehicle review. In this case, the 2019 Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Coupe from our good friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. Go on out to Rock Honda.

Rock Honda – Fontana, California

Say hello to the general manager Mr. David Latif. Love you guys out at Rock Honda. Hamid Javid, Veronica Orozco, Ruben Serna, service director. Tell them that Tom and Clinton and the iDriveSoCal team sent you. Rock Honda, we love you guys. Thank you for being great partners of the show.

Professor, thank you as always for yet another perfect vehicle review. Thank you as always for tuning in. For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. We will talk to you soon.