Crossovers may be the most popular vehicle segment these days, but there is really no replacing the thrill and fun delivered by a sporty compact sedan. Of course, some compact sedans simply get you from point A to point B, while others truly inject some exhilaration into your daily drive. Let’s find out which model does just that in this comparison of the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan vs the 2018 Hyundai Elantra.
Of course, a lot of that fun is all about engine power, and that is where the Civic has an edge. With 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Civic Sedan LX has an advantage over the Elantra SE, and this engine output can be increased on other trim levels too. But, let’s be honest... you don’t want your sedan to be a gas guzzler either. Despite the fact the Civic Sedan LX pumps out more engine power than the Elantra SE, it still manages superior fuel economy with 31 city, 40 highway and 34 combined mpg when equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission.*
2018 Honda Civic Sedan LX
2018 Hyundai Elantra SE
|98 cu ft||Passenger Volume||96 cu ft|
|37.4 inches||Rear Legroom||35.7 inches|
|158 hp, 138 lb-ft of torque||Engine Specs||147 hp, 132 lb-ft of torque|
|31 city/40 hwy/34 combined (with Continuously Variable Transmission)*||MPG||29 city/38 hwy/29 combined|
Surprisingly, the Elantra falls short in another key area, and that is value. For example, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t even come standard with cruise control, which is considered a basic vehicle amenity these days. Other standard features found on the 2018 Civic but not the 2018 Elantra include Bluetooth® compatibility, 1-touch window up button, fully automatic exterior lights, and a driver information center with service interval warning in the instrumentation.
There is much more to explore by getting behind the wheel of the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan, but as you can see, it has an edge in some key areas when matched up against the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Get in touch with us at Hilton Head Honda to learn more or to get behind the wheel.
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.