Dare to Compare – 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Honda Civic


Year after year, compact cars experience steady sales, as they meet the needs of a variety of drivers and come at an affordable price. Overall, these vehicles are smart investments: they're dependable, offer great fuel efficiency, and will last in the long run. Two frontrunners in the segment are the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. Both are lauded for their performance and reliability, but there are certainly some differences between the two. Here's a comparison guide between the 2018 models of each to help you make the best decision when buying your next vehicle.

Power & Performance

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower and up to 38 mpg (40 mpg on the Eco trim) on the highway.* On the Sport trim, the Elantra comes with a Turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that boasts 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Civic offers slightly more standard power (with a higher starting MSRP), but less available power. The Civic Sedan comes equipped with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower and up to 40 mpg on the highway.** On higher trim levels, the Civic offers an available 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Single-Scroll MHI TD03 Turbo that delivers 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque.



In terms of safety features, the Civic and Elantra have similar safety features. The Elantra received a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, which the Civic did not receive. However, both vehicles received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA and offer an array of standard and available active safety features.



The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner when it comes to price: it has a starting MSRP at $16,950 compared to the 2018 Honda Civic's $18,840, making it nearly $2,000 cheaper. The top trim level is also cheaper: the Elantra Limited is about $4,000 less than the top Civic model.

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*2018 Elantra SE: 29 City/38 Hwy/33 Combined A/T, 26 City/36 Hwy/29 Combined M/T. 2018 Elantra SEL/Value Edition/Limited: 28 City/37 Hwy/32 Combined A/T. 2018 Elantra Eco: 32 City/40 Hwy/35 Combined DCT. 2018 Elantra Sport: 22 City/30 Hwy/25 Combined M/T. 2018 Elantra Sport: 26 City/33 Hwy/29 Combined DCT. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

**2018 Honda Civic: 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


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