2020 Honda Civic Sedan vs. Toyota Corolla vs Hyundai Elantra

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Compact sedans have remained a staple across the automotive landscape for numerous reasons. Drivers prefer these vehicles for the sharp styling, exceptional value, impressive efficiency, and advanced tech features. If you’re having trouble choosing the right model in this segment, Germain Honda of Ann Arbor wants to help. We’ve taken the time to compare the Honda Civic Sedan head-to-head against two of its most formidable rivals – the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Let’s take a closer look at how these three models compare.

Honda Civic Sedan vs Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic Sedan
Toyota Corolla SE
2020 Honda Civic EX CVT VS 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT
$24,755* MSRP including destination charge* $23,705
174 HP / 162 TQ Horsepower / Torque 169 HP / 151 TQ
32 / 42 / 36** MPG (city/hwy/combined)** 31 / 40 / 34
Standard Front Fog Lights Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard Dual-Zone Air Conditioning Single Zone Only
Standard, Keyfob Remote Start Requires Higher Trim Level
Power 8-Way Driver’s Seat Adjustability Manual 6-Way
Driver & Passenger Heated Front Seats Requires Higher Trim Level
15.1 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic feet

The first challenger to go up against the Honda Civic Sedan is the Toyota Corolla. Although the Corolla SE begins this matchup with a slight price advantage, a closer look at the details reveals some significant advantages for the Civic EX.

Choosing the Civic EX means that you’ll enjoy both greater horsepower and torque as compared to the Corolla SE. In addition to superior performance, the Civic outperforms the Corolla across all three fuel economy categories. You’ll have a more invigorating drive AND spend less money at the pump when you choose Honda instead of Toyota.

Standard front fog lights add a stylish accent along with superior visibility in low-light situations. Dual-zone air conditioning and a remote start system help ensure that you’ll always ride in complete comfort regardless of the temperature outside of the vehicle. All three of these great features will require you to step up to a more costly trim level of the Toyota Corolla.

Interior comfort and versatility are two other reasons to choose the Civic Sedan. You’ll easily find your ideal driving position with the standard power 8-way adjustable driver’s seat. Both the driver and front passenger can enjoy the heated front seats on chilly mornings. Lastly, the Civic EX offers 2 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity to easily accommodate that extra suitcase you considered leaving behind.

Honda Civic Sedan vs Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic Sedan
 Hyundai Elantra Sport
2020 Honda Civic EX CVT VS 2020 Hyundai Elantra CVT
$24,755* MSRP including destination charge* $23,955
32 / 42 / 36 ** MPG (city/hwy/combined)** 26 / 37 / 32
174 HP / 162 TQ Horsepower / Torque 147 HP / 132 TQ
Standard Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Standard Power Sunroof Optional
15.1 cubic feet Cargo Volume 14.4 cubic feet
37.4 inches Rear Legroom 35.7 inches

Next up to face off against the Honda Civic Sedan is the Hyundai Elantra. Just as we saw in the prior matchup, the rival Elantra Limited begins with a slight price advantage over the Civic EX. Let’s see how far that savings actually takes you at Hyundai.

In terms of fuel economy, the obvious choice is the Civic EX which offers significantly better fuel economy across all three categories. Not only will you make fewer trips to the gas station, you’ll also have access to more power underneath the hood. 27 extra horsepower and 30 additional lb-ft of torque will certainly add a dose of excitement to your daily commute.

Other standard features of the Civic EX that you won’t find on the Elantra Limited include front fog lights, adaptive cruise control, and a power sunroof. You’ll have to shell out additional cash in order to receive these great features on an Elantra. Superior cargo volume and rear legroom round out the list of reasons why the Honda Civic EX is the better choice.

Honda Civic Sedan Awards

Kelley Blue Book Best Buy

Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

Winner — Honda Civic Sedan

The results have been tallied and the clear winner of this in-depth comparison is the Honda Civic Sedan. Toyota and Hyundai are simply no match for the tremendous value, performance, efficiency, and interior versatility offered by the Civic Sedan. Still not convinced? The Civic Sedan was named a 2019 Best Buy by Kelley Blue Book*** and received the 2019 Buyers Most Wanted Award from Edmunds****. Germain Honda of Ann Arbor invites you to come experience the Civic Sedan for yourself and browse our extensive selection of inventory to find the one that matches your personality.


*MSRP includes $955.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 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.

***Source: Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards 2019 – https://www.kbb.com/car-news/best-buy-awards-small-car/2000011398/

****Source: Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards 2019 – https://www.edmunds.com/car-awards/buyers-most-wanted-awards.html