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Honda adds a manual option for the Civic Hatchback
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Earlier this week we pointed out that Honda is offering a 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2020 Odyssey minivan.

There is more Honda transmission-related news coming out this week, in this case for a vehicle that is probably as far from a minivan as the automaker has on offer.

That is, the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback, which features an array of exterior styling mods, such as front and rear fascia changes to make the vehicle appear a bit more aggro, is now offering the Sport Touring trim with a six-speed manual transmission, mated to the 174-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Honda transmission

Yes, an automatic. But a manual is on offer, too.


Previously, the Sport Touring was offered with just a CVT, which is the transmission that pretty much dominates the hatchback trims. That is, the LX, EX, and EX-L hatches come with CVTs only and the transmission is also available on the Sport and Sport Touring models.

The Sport has a six speed (it has a base MSRP of $22,750 and there is a bump to $23,550 for the CVT). And now the Sport Touring has one, too (also with an $800 delta between it and the CVT: $28,050 and $28,850).

Which seems only reasonable, as (1) the Civic Hatchback is a “hot hatch,” which implies there would be three pedals and (2) the trim has “Sport” in its name, which implies, well, sportiness.

Although Honda likes to point out that 90% of the vehicles that it sells in the U.S. are made in North America, the Civic Hatchback for the U.S. is exclusively produced in the company’s Swindon, UK plant. Given (1) Brexit and (2) the possibility of tariffs that are only a Tweet away, you might want to get on the purchase of one of these. They go on sale August 16.

(In case you’re wondering: the other places that the Civic is produced for the U.S. market are sedans Greensburg, Indiana, Alliston, Ontario and Yorii-Machi, Japan; and coupes: Alliston.)

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