2018 Honda Civic vs Hyundai Elantra: A Compact Showdown

No two compact cars are created equal. But the segment's as busy and the market's as loaded as ever, and that means options that once seemed a matter of course can quickly turn out to have taken one off it. Enter the latest Hyundai Elantra, though, loaded with advanced tech, amenities, and capability of distinction from the rest, and the field narrows. Step into its driver's seat here at Parkway Hyundai for a tour, up close and personal, and the lap between the new Hyundai sedan and its rivals yawns even wider. Eager to learn more? Check out just a few of the ways the new Elantra excels against a mainstay like the new Honda Civic.

  • For one, Hyundai Elantra is a more energetic drive than Honda Civic. You have a choice of three engines, first of all. There's a turbocharged 128-horsepower, 1.4-liter I4 in the Elantra Eco trim, a high-octane turbocharged 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter in Elantra Sport, and a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter elsewhere. In the new Civic, you can only find two.
  • That's a wider horsepower range than Civic, too, which offers only a 158-to-174 horsepower spread.
  • Plus, Elantra is torquier, with more push behind it. 132 pound-feet of torque presents in the Elantra SE base, reaching 156 at the lineup's midrange and 195 pound-feet at the athletic top of the line. Honda offers but a 138-to-167 pound-foot range.
  • Both models offer cloth and leather seating options, but whereas Elantra standardizes front heated seating in its Value Edition trim and later, and makes it optional in the rear in Limited, in Civic, heating remains optional both front and rear throughout the line. It's Elantra, here, that remains the more comfortable and luxurious.
  • Likewise, our Hyundai compact sedan puts you in control with better ease of use right from its base trim. A standard 7-inch display audio touchscreen infotainment system appears in Elantra SE, whereas Honda Civic offers only a 5-inch color LCD in its LX base. That means access to apps and other settings and functions within reach, especially in Elantra SEL, where Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard. Civic might offer its own 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen its second EX trim and higher, but the size increase requires the step-up investment one needn't make in Hyundai Elantra.
  • Hyundai offers better intelligent driving help when you need it. Driver-assist options abound throughout the Elantra line to breeze past Honda Civic. For one, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist appear standard from the new Elantra SEL trim to those higher. Go fully loaded at the line's height, and you can find a gamut available, from Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection to Lane Keep Assist and Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control, and Auto High Beam Assist. Honda offers its own Honda Sensing® tech suite, and it has Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation systems, and an Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, but they're only available, requiring graduation all the way to Civic Touring to gain them standard.
  • Elantra remains less expensive than Honda Civic from base trim, around $16,950, to top tier, comparably equipped at about $22,985. Civic starts off at approximately $18,740 and reaches its own apex at a hefty $27,590 when comparably equipped.

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If you're interested in the firsthand Elantra experience, set a course for our Santa Clarita, CA Hyundai dealer here at 24050 Creekside Rd. for a test drive, and we'll show you how our small sedan packs much to pull ahead of not only Honda Civic but plenty of other contenders. Plus, should you decide to make one your own, our friendly on-site finance professionals will be delighted to discuss with you the array of auto financing and Hyundai lease options available.


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