'Why are there no more manual Civics?'
Well ask no more as Honda has introduced the Civic Sport for the sedan and coupe body styles, which is good news if you live in America. Yes, you can now row your own in a Civic if you live in the US thanks to the new variant. However, there is a catch.
If you were hoping for a manual transmission paired to the 1.5-liter turbo, you might not like this next bit of news. You can only match the six-speed manual to the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine. It's not all bad news though as the 2.0-liter is still a pretty potent engine. After all, it still makes 160 PS and 187 Nm of torque, and thanks to the manual transmission, you have free reign over those revs.
And thanks to the manual transmission, the 2.0-liter Civic can do 0 to 100 km/h in under 8 seconds, all the way to a top speed of about 220 km/h. While it's no Type R, it still delivers respectable performance nonetheless, at least according to factory claims.
Differentiating the Civic Sport sedan and coupe from other variants in the range are minor exterior upgrades. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are part of the package, along with a custom exhaust.
Inside, the Sport trims get red gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, textured aluminum sport pedals, and unique seat materials which is a combination of cloth and leather. Plus, there's an 8-speaker audio system standard in the Sport package.
Still, if you want turbo power with a manual transmission, you'll have to go for the hatchback or the more powerful (and more expensive) Si sedan and coupe, which is only for the US market. But if cost is no object, there's always the 310 horsepower Type R.