Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Honda Civic
At a Glance: Elantra vs. Civic

Hyundai and Honda make some of the most stylish, efficient, and reliable cars out on the market. Leading the charge are the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. You can only drive one day to day around Columbus, OH, though, so our Germain Hyundai of Columbus team wants to help you pick the right one for you.

We’ll help you take a closer side-by-side look at the Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic—so keep reading to learn more about these two compact cars!



32 city/41 hwy* | 31 city/40 hwy
Elantra vs Civic


201 HP | 180 HP
Elantra vs Civic


8 in. | 7 in.
Elantra vs Civic
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Hyundai Elantra compares to the Honda Civic.
Hyundai Elantra

As you consider which vehicle will best serve as your next ride, you’ll want to be sure it can get you reliably from Point A to Point B. Beyond that, you might be interested in fuel economy and horsepower. To start, let’s peek under the hoods of the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic.

Fuel Efficiency

When looking for a new car, gas mileage is a big priority for most drivers. You’ll get great gas mileage with either car, but the Hyundai Elantra will make each gallon of gas stretch a little farther. With the standard Civic, you’ll get an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 city/40 highway MPG. The Hyundai Elantra gets an EPA-estimated 32 city/41 highway MPG.*

Power and Then Some

Beyond its standard efficient powertrain, the Elantra also offers a sporty and exciting driving experience with its N Line trim level. In fact, its upgraded turbocharged engine produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

At most, the Honda Civic creates 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai Elantra

Although both models are considered compact sedans, the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic are ready to run with the big dogs when it comes to their features. Step inside the cabin of either one to enjoy a comfortable ride!

Room to Spare

The Elantra and the Civic are similarly sized, with cabins that provide passenger volume of 99.4 cubic feet and 99 cubic feet respectively. Both models also have trunks with cargo volume in excess of 14 cubic feet.

The chart below shows specific measurements for headroom and legroom in these two compact cars:

Headroom (Front/Rear)
Legroom (Front/Rear)
40.6 inches/37.3 inches Hyundai Elantra 42.3 inches/38 inches
39.3 inches/37.1 inches Honda Civic 42.3 inches/37.4 inches

With slightly more space inside its cabin, the Elantra also provides more room for you and your passengers with extra headroom found in both rows—and more legroom in the back row— compared to the Civic.

Infotainment on the Go

Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic come standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which allow you to access navigation, apps, messages, and music on their interactive touchscreen displays. You may find the standard 8-inch touchscreen in the Elantra more user-friendly than the smaller 7-inch screen in the Civic, though.

The Elantra also offers an available 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen. It’s seamlessly integrated into the dashboard, so everything you need to know will be right within eyeshot. On the other hand, the Honda Civic is only available with a 9-inch touchscreen.

Hyundai Elantra

With either car, you’ll have a variety of intelligent systems that help provide peace of mind as you drive. Both compact sedans come with a variety of driver-assistive technologies designed to help you safely reach your destination.

Safety Comes Standard

Hyundai and Honda equip their models with safety suites designed to help protect drivers and passengers: Hyundai SmartSense and Honda Sensing® respectively. When it comes to their standard safety features, the Elantra and the Civic have several similarities. For example, both models come with brand-specific versions of:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • High Beam Assist

Using cameras and sensors, these features can automatically provide alerts and, in certain situations, provide steering and braking assistance as needed.

Additional Peace of Mind

Despite these similarities, there are some features that are only offered in the Elantra, such as Junction-Turning Detection and Safe Exit Warning.

Plus, while the Elantra comes standard with Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, the Civic will need to be upgraded if you want the same systems.

Which One Will You Drive?
Hyundai Elantra

The Honda Civic is a good car thanks to its safety systems and decent gas mileage. With all it has to offer, though, the Hyundai Elantra is the ultimate sedan. It provides a superior MPG rating and more advanced technology.

Experience the Elantra for yourself to see if it’s the car you’d like to travel in around Columbus, OH. Contact us at Germain Hyundai of Columbus now to schedule a test drive!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Elantra for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*2024 ELANTRA SE: 32 City/41 Hwy/36 Combined MPG. 2024 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/40 Hwy/34 Combined MPG. All figures are Hyundai estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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