2020 Honda Civic hatchback keeps the manual-transmission faith

After updating the Honda Civic sedan and coupe for the 2019 model year, the Civic hatchback is getting a refresh. Honda has made some minor styling changes and expanded the availability of some notable technical features. Bucking the industry trend, Honda also added a six-speed manual transmission to the second trim level on the Civic hatchback.

The current-generation Civic isn’t exactly dead, so Honda didn’t have to make major changes to the hatchback’s exterior styling to keep it fresh. The grille is slightly different, and the headlights have a “blackout” treatment that looks like something that would normally be applied aftermarket. Sport Touring models get LED lights with a wider and longer beam, according to Honda, while all trim levels get additional sound insulation. The lower part of the front fascia also has some secondary air vents, which are probably not functional. Whatever your opinion of the Civic hatchback’s styling was before, these tweaks aren’t likely to change it.

If you wanted a Civic hatchback with a manual transmission, the Sport trim level was previously your only choice. For 2020, Honda also added a manual transmission to the top Sport Touring trim level. Both trim levels are also available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is standard on all other Civic hatchback trim levels.

Honda hasn’t mentioned any other mechanical changes, which means the Civic hatchback will continue to rely on the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque in standard form, but gets extra power in the Sport and Sport Touring models. It makes 180 hp in those models, as well as 177 lb-ft with the manual transmission (torque is unchanged with the CVT). No word yet on whether the sporty Civic Type R will return in 2020.

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The hatchback Civic also received some significant technology updates for the 2019 model year that carry over to 2020. The updated 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system launched in 2019 is now standard on the Sport trim level (it was previously was only available on EX models and above). The system has more analog controls (including a volume knob), making it easier to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment for Sport and higher trim levels.

The Honda Sensing driver assistance package added for 2019 also carries over. It includes standard adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and road departure mitigation. EX models and up also have LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted on the passenger rearview mirror to show what’s in the driver’s blind spot. However, Honda plans to phase out this feature soon in favor of cheaper blind spot monitoring systems that use flashing lights instead of a camera display.

Pricing for the 2020 Honda Civic hatchback starts at $22,580 for the base LX model. Next up is the Sport, which starts at $23,680 with the manual transmission and $24,480 with the CVT. The mid-grade EX and EX-L start at $25,080 and $26,280, respectively. Finally, the range-topping Sport Touring starts at $28,980 with a six-speed manual transmission and $29,780 with a CVT. All prices include a mandatory $930 destination charge.

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