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Pros & Cons

  • Robust engine options
  • Lively handling
  • Good fuel economy estimates
  • Handsome cabin materials
  • Cumbersome touch screen

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Honda Civic's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Compact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award. Currently the Honda Civic has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Honda Civic a Good Car?

The Honda Civic is a great vehicle. Available as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback, it offers more versatility than many compact cars. Regardless of which body style you choose, you’ll get an agile, spirited car with good fuel economy estimates and an upscale cabin. We named the Civic a finalist for our 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award because of its outstanding combination of quality and value.

Should I Buy the Honda Civic?

If you’re looking for a small car, the Civic merits a spot on your short list. Although it’s a bit pricier than some of its rivals, the Civic is a better option than many of them, outranking well-regarded classmates such as the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Civic?

The 2020 Honda Civic belongs to a generation that launched for the 2016 model year. The 2017 model gained a hatchback body type and the high-performance Civic Si and Civic Type R trims. For 2019, Honda added several standard features, updated the exterior styling for the sedan and coupe models, and introduced a new Sport trim. The 2020 Civic hatchback receives updated exterior styling.

Unless you love the updated look of the new Civic hatchback, there's little reason to choose it over the 2019 model, which is otherwise nearly identical and likely less expensive. If you're open to a used car, the 2017 Civic makes a good choice. It lacks the styling updates of more recent models, and there's no physical knob for controlling the stereo's volume, but it's still a solid vehicle that's available with most of the now standard driver assistance features. 

Be sure to read our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Honda Civic reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 45 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as cargo space dimensions, horsepower specs, and predicted reliability, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Honda Civic review draws on 45 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which includes the 2016 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Honda Civic Cost?

Pricing for the base Honda Civic four-door sedan starts at $20,650, and the two-door coupe has a base price of $21,050. The Honda Civic Hatchback LX starts at $21,750. All those prices are a touch above average for a compact car.

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Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla has a perfect predicted reliability rating and a lot of standard driver aids. Compared to the Honda, the Toyota also has a more intuitive touch screen and more standard features, such as Apple CarPlay. In most other areas though, the Honda takes the edge. It has stronger engines, sportier handling, more cargo space, and nicer cabin materials. Both of these models were finalists for our 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award. Neither is a bad pick, but the Honda is the better choice of the two.

Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Mazda3?

The Mazda3 is another great pick in the class. Like the Honda, it comes as a sedan or hatchback, but it lacks the coupe option. Regardless of body style, the Mazda has a serene and engaging ride with thrilling driving dynamics. However, the Honda has more rear-seat room and cargo space. It’s a bit more affordable too, with the base sedan costing around $1,750 less and the base hatchback costing around $1,950 less.

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Civic Interior

How Many People Does the Civic Seat?

The Honda Civic seats up to four or five people, depending on body style. Cloth upholstery is standard. Power-adjustable front seats are available, as are heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

All of the seats are comfortable, with generous legroom in both rows, but headroom gets a bit tight in the back.

Civic and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Civic’s rear outboard seats, as well as a single tether anchor for the middle seat.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Civic's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The only notable hiccup is that the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

Civic Interior Quality

The Civic outclasses most other compact cars with its quality cabin and modern design. There are still noticeable plastic pieces, which are expected at this price point. Still, most other surfaces are soft to the touch, and everything feels solid. 

Civic Cargo Space

Depending on trim level, the Civic coupe has an 11.9- or 12.1-cubic-foot trunk. The sedan has a good amount of space with its 15.1-cubic-foot trunk in all but the Touring and Si trims, which each have a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk. Hatchback models have either 22.6 or 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 46.2 cubic feet with those seats folded down.

Civic Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Regardless of body type, the base Civic comes with a 5-inch display, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A 7-inch touch screen is available, as are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, an eight, 10, or 12-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, an additional USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a moonroof.

The available touch screen is easy to read but can be tricky to operate. Fortunately, there are some well-placed physical controls, such as a volume knob.

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Civic Performance

Civic Engine: Powertrains A-Plenty

There’s a wide range of powertrains available with this Honda. The sedan and coupe come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Both body styles are available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. You can choose between a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Both the sedan and coupe are also available in a high-performance Si variant. The Civic Si has a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that puts out 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.

The hatchback gets the same turbocharged inline-four that's optional with the sedan and coupe. When outfitted with the six-speed manual instead of the CVT, it makes 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

The hatchback’s high-performance Type R model makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. Both the Si and Type R only come with a six-speed manual transmission.

While there’s little to complain about with the naturally aspirated base engine, the turbocharged powertrains offer swifter acceleration. Both transmissions work well, but critics report that the manual feels more engaging.

Civic Gas Mileage: Great All-Around

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 26-29 mpg in the city and 36-37 mpg on the highway when outfitted with the manual transmission. The hatchback’s highest estimates with the CVT are 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which are stellar ratings for the class.

Civic Ride and Handling: Fun and Agile

The Civic exhibits sporty handling and sharp steering, both of which make it fun to drive. It rides comfortably over most roads. Front-wheel drive is standard.

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Civic Reliability

Is the Honda Civic Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Civic a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.  

Honda Civic Warranty

Honda covers the 2020 Civic with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Civic Safety

Civic Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Civic a perfect five-star overall rating. All body types earned five stars in side crash and rollover tests. Sedans and hatchbacks got five stars in frontal crash tests too, but coupes earned four stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave all 2020 Civic variants the same scores. The car received the highest score of Good in all six crash tests, and it received the highest score for the effectiveness of its standard suite of front crash prevention features. However, the Civic earned the lowest possible score of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Civic Safety Features

Standard safety features in the base Civic include a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring is available.

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Honda Civic Dimensions and Weight

Depending on body style, this vehicle measures between 14.8 and 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,762 to 3,117 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Honda Civic Built?

Honda builds the Civic in the United States, Japan, and Mexico.

Which Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the Civic in three body types: a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan, and a four-door hatchback. The hatchback comes in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring. The Civic sedan has five main trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring, while coupe models are available in the same trims as the sedan, minus the EX-L. The high-performance Civic Si is available as a sedan or coupe. The hatchback’s performance-oriented trim is called the Type-R.

Despite some overlap between trim names, some features vary between body styles. The sedan and coupe come standard with a 158-horsepower engine and a stronger 174-horsepower engine is available. The 174-horsepower engine comes standard with the hatch.

The Civic sedan and coupe body styles offer a high-performance Si trim with a 205-horsepower engine. The hatchback Type R is the strongest of the lot, with 306 horsepower.

Honda Civic LX

The Honda Civic LX starts at $20,650 for the sedan, $21,050 for the coupe, and $21,750 for the hatchback. The sedan and coupe come with the 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The hatchback has the 174-horsepower turbo-four. The sedan features a manual transmission, while the coupe and hatch come with a continuously variable automatic transmission. You can get the sedan with a CVT for $800.

Standard features across the board include a 5-inch screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, automatic climate control, cloth seats, and a multi-angle rearview camera. It also comes with the Honda Sensing Suite of safety features, which bundles together forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. A remote start is available in the hatchback for about $400 and in the coupe for around $500. A wireless device charger can be added to the sedan or coupe for about $300.

Honda Civic Sport

The Honda Civic Sport has a starting MSRP of $21,550 (sedan), $21,850 (coupe), and $22,850 (hatchback). All Sport models have a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker stereo, a second USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

The sedan and coupe come with the base engine, while the hatchback features the turbo-four. Each Sport body style comes standard with the manual transmission. A CVT is available in each for $800.

Honda Civic EX

EX models start at $23,600 for the coupe, $23,800 for the sedan, and $24,250 for the hatchback. Every EX has satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a moonroof, and Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring. The sedan and hatchback also have an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and the coupe gets a premium 10-speaker sound system.

The sedan and coupe feature the 174-horsepower turbo-four engine, while the hatchback comes with the 180-horsepower turbo-four. All three body types get the CVT.

Honda Civic EX-L

The Civic EX-L only comes in two body types: sedan ($25,000) and hatchback ($25,450). Both have leather-trimmed seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The sedan comes with the 174-horsepower engine and the CVT, while the hatch gets the 180-horsepower engine mated to the CVT.

Honda Civic Touring and Sport Touring

The Civic Touring starts at $27,250 for the coupe and $27,700 for the sedan. The Sport Touring hatchback has a starting MSRP of $28,150. These models gain a navigation system, upgraded stereos (10 speakers in the coupe and sedan; 12 speakers in the hatchback), and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The sedan and hatchback also get a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated rear outboard seats.

The Sport Touring comes standard with a manual transmission, but the CVT can be added for $800.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Honda Civic has across-the-board appeal. Handsome, agile, comfortable, and powerful, it’s easy see why it ranks near the top of the compact car class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • It's fair to say that the Civic officially found its way out of the woods back when Honda introduced this latest generation in 2016. For nearly a decade prior, we were underwhelmed with the Civic's design and quality. But Honda got this latest 10th-gen Civic right and, for now, is content to polish at the margins." -- Edmunds
  • "If you’re looking for a smartly styled small sedan that isn’t so small on the inside, has incredibly good resale and reliability ratings and offers a wide range of engine and trim levels, the Honda store is your one-stop shopping destination, and the 2019 Honda Civic is the reason why." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • Good things come in threes, and for Honda's … Civic, that's certainly the case. The Japanese automaker's Civic hatchback is joining the Civic sedan and coupe body styles, and in almost every category, the Civic hatch improves on an already-good car. … The Civic hatchback is worth the price markup and increase in fuel costs versus the Civic sedan because of its added cargo room and flexibility gains." -- Cars.com (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 9, 2020

Class-Leading Sales: The Civic closed out 2019 as the best-selling compact car, after a hard-fought battle with the Toyota Corolla. It was among the top-selling cars in the U.S. market, across all segments. Demand for the Honda held steady over the course of the year; dealerships moved about the same number of Civic models during 2019 compared to 2018.

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