2021 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra: Head to Head

2021 Honda Civic sedan side view (top) / 2020 Hyundai Elantra front 3/4 view (bottom)
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Two Compact Titans Square Off

SUVs may garner the majority of overall vehicle sales these days, but compact cars remain popular with shoppers. The better models in this class provide comfortable interiors, attractive exteriors, relatively potent powertrains, excellent fuel economy, and numerous active-safety features. 

The 2021 Honda Civic and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra not only rank in the top third of our compact car ranking – they are also two of the three best selling cars in the class. So, which one is better? These two share key similarities and differences, so we’ve pitted them against one another in 10 categories. 

Read on to see who comes out on top in areas like price, acceleration, and interior quality. At the end, we’ll reveal which one wins the most categories and can lay claim to being the better car.

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