The Honda Civic is back -- recapturing its position as a mature, substantial compact car with enough elegant touches that it makes you feel like you spent more money than you had to. The base 2.0-liter engine is smooth, with reasonable oomph, provided you're not in a real hurry.
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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2019 Honda Civic has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
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Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Rearview camera sometimes displays only a black screen when the car is started. Big problem considering the lack of rear visibility. The rearview image does come on after a few minutes."

Anonymous, QC (2019 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When my gf attempted to connect her samsung phone with the car system to use waze or another navigation app on her phone it would not allow connectivity. In addition when my son's iphone would appear as connected to her bluetooth however he and his phone were not in the vicinity. Note he would be connected to his beats bluetooth or jbl wireless speaker when this occuured."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"iPod does not function properly when connected via USB cable. Cannot play specific artists or albums. No fix is available for this issue. The problem has existed since car was new."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car lacks a CD player so CD music and stories had to be moved to flash drive, AND car does not recognize the existence of the flash drive unless it is unplugged before turning on the car and then plugged in--a real pain. Although car is comfortable, I do not plan to buy this model again. If I can get the money together, I will sell this and by a different car before this one is even a year old."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Honda Civic)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Does not respond correctly to spoken inputs or commands plus is seriously out of date as far as locating designated addresses"

Sharon F., KS (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Some warning light icons on dash gave false read-outs, but the problem was fixed at the dealership"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Voice control commands

"does not respond correct; to spoken inputs or commands"

Sharon F., KS (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Shortly after purchase the alarm system disabled ability to start car and it had to be towed back to dealership. They replaced unit at no cost, but was a major aggravation. Seems okay now, but car still very new."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"System often beeps incessantly when I exit the driver's door, then access the trunk. The system wrongly signally that the key fob was left in the car - probably in the trunk."

Anonymous, BC (2019 Honda Civic Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Driver side LED taillight out (not brake light) smaller section on the hatch lift gate only"

Adam D., MI (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Keyfob is extremely sensitive and prone to accidentally unlock the doors and roll down all the windows."

Anonymous, QC (2019 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rain sensing wiper system doesn't always work and sometimes has a mind of its own. Sometimes won't clear excessive water and other times runs when when its not raining."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Whirring noise when clutch depressed at 5-6k rpm. Allegedly due to loose clutch line, though replacing clutch master cylinder has worked for others. Have taken to dealer but they did not fix issue yet."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Honda Civic Type R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Annoying rattle appears to emanate from the Honda Sense module located behind the rear-view mirror. Every once in a while the dash board tends to squeak or rattle as well, depending on speed and road conditions. I haven't been able to locate the exact spot but it seems to be where the dash meets the front windshield. If I apply pressure to the dash, it goes away. Small things, but still very annoying when driving with the radio off."

Mike K., AZ (2019 Honda Civic Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"During freeway driving, wind noise is loud enough that I double check that the windows are all up."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Civic LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsation and vibration caused by the bend rotors."

Jose R., PR (2019 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rear rotors were with corrosion and bend, replaced in warranty."

Jose R., PR (2019 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Started fairly new into the ownership. When I apply the foot brakes I hear a squealing / grinding noise on the rear passenger side of the car. I have had my winter tires taken off and winter put on and vice versa. I have followed the maintainace schedule and even had a brake service, yet the noise still continues."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is easily damages and has cracked or scratched excessively compared to previous honda vehicles"

Anonymous, NS (2019 Honda Civic Si 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor paint quality. Soft. Easily scratches and peels"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Civic EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"I'm buying a Toyota next time. The vehicles are not as well made as they were before. For the cost the reliability is fading fast! I will try Toyota next. If I have same problem I might as well buy the lowest price car I can find on market."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"About two weeks after purchasing the car, the A/C would only blow hot air. I took it in and was told that the car had arrived from the dealership low on Freon. I was told there were not leaks. About two weeks later, the same thing occurred, along with a grinding noise. I took it in and was told there was actually a leak. They kept the car overnight and fixed the issue. It has been fine since."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Civic LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Ignition switch

"at 1,000 km while away on a trip, car failed to start and had to be towed more than 100 km to a dealer, during rain and at night"

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The engine began overheating due to a coolant hose that was rubbing on the belt tensioner. It eroded the hose, causing a coolant leak, resulting in overheating. It was either an installation failure or a design failure. It was under warranty and fixed, but it happened in Wisconsin in the winter, and was both a very significant inconvenience and a very real danger due to loss of climate control in decidedly frigid temperatures."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Honda Civic Touring 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Mar 25, 2021
Fuel pump failure can cause an engine stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Acura MDX, MDX Sport Hybrid, RDX, TLX, Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Insight, 2019 Acura ILX, Honda Accord Hybrid, Civic Coupe, Civic Coupe Si, Civic Sedan, Civic Sedan Si, Civic Type R, Fit, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline, and 2018-2019 CR-V vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge. Owner letters were mailed May 18, 2021. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-314.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V215000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 624552
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 28, 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura NSX, 2019 Acura RDX, RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R and HR-V, 2019-2020 Insight and 2019 Fit vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 22, 2020. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V314000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 135995
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