2020 Honda Civic Type R: What’s New?

By Justin Cupler | January 20th, 2020

When the 10th generation Civic broke cover in 2016, it brought in a more refined look. The following year, the hatchback variant returned to the U.S., and this resulted in the arrival of the wild hatchback-based Civic Type R.

Since the Civic Type R’s arrival in 2017, it has remained mostly unchanged, but the 2020 Honda Civic Type R will get a refreshed appearance and a handful of performance updates.

Fresh Duds for the 2020 Honda Civic Type R

While the 2020 Civic Type R is far from dated in the design department, it gains a refreshed look. The updates will be mild but noticeable and will include a larger grille opening that not only adds to its sporty looks but also feeds more cool air to its potent turbocharged engine.

Other updated visual bits will include crossbars on the top of the fog light housings, matching crossbars on the faux air vents on the rear bumper, and a new Boost Blue color option.

Inside, the 2020 Civic Type R will gain a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a brand-new shifter with an updated knob and shorter throws.

Safety to Match its Speed

If there is one area where the 2019 Civic Type R missed the mark, its standard safety and driver-assistive features. The 2020 Honda Civic Type R will make up for this by coming standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety goodies.

While Honda has not confirmed which safety features it will include on the Type R, the current Civic Hatchback’s Honda Sensing® features include automatic emergency braking, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning.

In the current Civic Hatchback, the adaptive cruise control’s low-speed follow feature is not available with the manual transmission. We will have to wait to see if the manual-only Civic Type R excludes it too.

More Performance

Didn’t think the Civic Type R could get any more awesome directly from the factory? Think again, as the 2020 Civic Type R will get a handful of chassis updates to enhance its performance. This will include updated dampers for a softer ride without sacrificing performance, stiffer bushings for less body roll, reduced steering friction, and the aforementioned shorter-throw shifter.

The brakes also get an upgrade, as Honda will add new two-piece rotors and upgraded brake pads for reduced brake fade and improved stopping distance.

Underhood, the 2020 Civic will continue with the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing is not yet available for the 2020 Honda Civic Type R, but that will come as we near its late-winter 2020 arrival here at Garber Honda serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas. Need your Type R fix now, check out our in-stock Civic Type R models via our online inventory page.