2018.5 Honda Civic Type R Gets Price Bump In U.S., Offers No Extra Gear

Honda has bumped the price of the 2018.5 Civic Type R across the nation by $600. This means that the base model is now available from $35,595, a figure that includes the destination charge.

Some may think that as a result of become more expensive, the Japanese hot hatch is also packing some extra features. But they would be wrong, though, as according to CarsDirect, the Honda Civic Type R remains unchanged, inside and out.

The Civic Type R is still well-equipped

Still, for a compact model, it remains well equipped and brings, in addition to the controversial body kit, a set of 20-inch wheels shod with Continental tires, LED headlamps and Brembo brakes. The two-tone sport seats, aluminum gear knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, among others, are offered at no extra cost.

But why did Honda bump the price of the Civic Type R?

That’s a tough one to answer, but the quoted publication suggests that they might have done it just because they can. For example, the Ford Focus RS was discontinued, and the Type R’s other direct rival, the VW Golf R, starts from $39,785. Even the Subaru WRX STI, which offers similar performance, has an MSRP of $36,095, and that’s without the destination charge. So the Civic Type R is the most affordable car in this class, even with the slight price bump.

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  • Six_Tymes

    if it didnt have that hideous rear bumper cover with those tacky fake vents, it would look half as bad

    • EM1

      That biplane spoilder is also hideous.

  • xDRAN0x

    Price bump, no AWD… Yawn

    • EM1

      I agree.

  • Infinite1

    I asked several Honda dealerships how do they justify marking the Type R 6k over the MSRP and they never had a solid answer for me

  • runningaaronds

    The increase in MSRP is meaningless when the dealers mark these up by 5, 10 or even 15 thousand over MSRP. Give us the car at a better price and I’ll consider it. Put in AWD and I’m yours!

    • willhaven

      It’s too bad they don’t have a problem selling these. Honda dealers will not budge from their markups even though Ford is marking DOWN their RS.

  • LWOAP

    The one thing people here have overlooked is the 2018.5 in the headline.

    What the hell is a 2018.5?

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Price is absolutely comical!

    • FlameWater

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the car lost $10k value in a year

      • willhaven

        The car appears to have appreciated. Used examples are higher than new MSRP and dealers are not budging from their markups. At the end of the day, it’s a Type-R and that badge carries a fair bit of prestige.

        • FlameWater

          Scalpers are nothing new just ask the owners of the NSX

          • willhaven

            Happens in most industries where supply is limited.

  • SteersUright

    Shoulda raised the price by $2k and made it look better, possibly more like the racecar version.

  • Mike

    Yes they will get some folks to bite that have to be the the first adopters of the type R. But Honda could sell many more vehicles at MSRP, if they would A) increase production capacity, and B) stop gouging customers just because they can. I will happily purchase one of their competitors offerings, which will clearly represent a better value, and a better vehicle in general.

    • willhaven

      The intent was never to sell loads of these cars, but to make the Honda brand more desirable to an increasingly important demographic. Plus the publicity that Honda received from the Type-R is probably worth the investment in the car alone.

      Also – Honda is not gouging customers. Honda DEALERS are marking up their cars and selling them to people willing to pay the price.

      • Mike

        As you obviously love this flavor of capitalism, you must already own one. Good luck with that negative equity purchase.

        • willhaven

          Never said I loved it, but I understand it. The last Honda product I owned was an Acura RL which was very good indeed, but my negative equity came from the Focus ST.

          Do you not understand the difference between the independent dealers and the manufacturer?

          • Mike

            I do indeed. But again the bottom line is that price gouging is taking place, no matter how you want to sugar coat it. If Honda chooses to turn a blind eye to those dealerships price antics, shame on them as well. If all consumer pricing happened in a similar fashion to your “understandable” methodology, we would all not be able to afford much at all. I prefer a fairer reasonable world myself. But hey enjoy your life .

          • willhaven

            Ok so would you sell your car for less than someone would be willing to pay for it? If your house could be sold for more, would you keep your sale price at market value? Just because you can’t afford the car and you can’t see the value in the car doesn’t mean someone else can’t – this is obvious since dealers have no problem selling the car. Thankfully we have options and the Type-R is not the only car available for sale in the world.

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