Honda Civic vs Competitors



Once again, the Honda Civic emerges as one of the top-selling cars in America. It is not surprising, given its outstanding reputation for reliability, and seeing how year after year the Civic is loaded with cutting-edge technology for an affordable price. In fact, driving a 2019 Honda Civic may lead you to believe you’re driving a much more expensive car. With the Civic, you get excellent fuel economy, outstanding performance, a smooth ride, and a roomy and comfortable cabin. That said, it does face a class full of tough competition, such as the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, and Mazda3. Let’s see how those rivals compare to the Civic.


Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The ’19 Civic has a base MSRP of $20,480 (plus $930 destination/handling), which is less than most competitors: the Civic is over $1,000 less than the Corolla and Mazda3. Fully loaded models of any car in this class can reach close to $30,000. Regarding warranties, the Civic gets a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty. It does, however, offer a longer roadside assistance plan than the Corolla.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The base Civic is equipped with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower, meaning it’s stronger than the base Corolla, Elantra, and Forte engines. But the Civic’s higher trims really set themselves apart from the pack, with their standard engine: a powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder delivering 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Few compact economy sedans can match the capabilities of the Civic’s responsive and efficient turbocharged engine, nor can they outdo it in fuel efficiency: it’s EPA-rated for 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, beating all of its non-hybrid competitors.


While the Civic has many superb features, it stands out for its inclusion of award-winning advanced safety features on all trim levels. This standard suite of driver-assist technology, known as Honda Sensing, includes features such as a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, and lane keeping assist system. Some competitors, such as the Cruze, only offer these active safety features on higher trim levels, meaning you have to pay more to get the same safety features that come standard on the base Civic.

The Civic and Corolla are the only vehicles in the class to earn a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This doesn’t mean that the competing cars are unsafe, but it shows that the Civic goes beyond expectations to provide one of the safest vehicles out there. A 5-Star Overall Safety designation is important because it shows (through government-issued collision tests) how well you will be protected in various types of collisions.