The Hyundai Elantra vs. The Honda Civic: Which Compact Car is Best for Toledo Commutes?

The compact car class has long been a favorite of commuters, and it's easy to see why when looking at the fuel-savings, comfort, and adaptability of the models in the class. Whether you're a commuter or just a driver looking for the best value, you'll find lots of compact sedans to pick from, so, to make the process a bit easier, we stacked the Hyundai Elantra side-by-side with the Honda Civic to show why one may be the better option for you. Below, you can find a quick comparison of specs and a more in-depth comparison of everything they offer, so feel free to check it out!

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Honda Civic

  • $16,950 --Starting Price-- $18,940
  • 560 miles --Cruising Range on One Tank-- 521 miles
  • 201 horsepower --Max Horsepower-- 174 horsepower
  • 195 pound-feet --Max Torque-- 167 pound-feet
  • 2018 Top Safety Pick+ --IIHS Safety Rating-- No Award
  • Six --Trim Levels-- Five
  • 37.3 inches --Minimum Rear Headroom-- 36.8 inches
  • 51.9 inches --Rear Hip Room-- 47.3 inches
  • 34.8 feet --Turning Diameter-- 35.8 feet
  • 10 years/100,000 miles --Powertrain Warranty-- 5 years/60,000 miles


The value of a car is about more than the starting price, although the Hyundai Elantra still comes out on top in that regard, as drivers also must consider the standard features and reliability of the model they're buying. Well, the Elantra comes with longer warranties to cover repairs and a better J.D Power reliability score while also offering a Value Edition Trim that comes standard with features like blind spot monitoring, a hands-free trunk, and heated seats for just $19,850, which is more affordable than every Honda Civic but the base.


Every driver is unique, which is why having options with the model you purchase gives you a better chance of ending up with a perfect match. In this case, the customizability of the Hyundai Elantra shows in the engines, of which it has three, and the transmissions offered, including a manual, an automatic, and an impeccable dual-clutch automatic, while the Honda Civic only offers two engines and two transmissions. From efficient to sporty, Sylvania, OH car shoppers are more likely to find a powertrain they love with the Elantra.


Features and Safety

The powertrains are vital, but you need more than them to ensure a stress-free ride, and the Hyundai Elantra delivers. For entertainment, every trim is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which isn't true of the Honda Civic, and higher trims of the Elantra offer Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology for crystal-clear sound, which you won't get with the Civic. Plus, to take hassles out of the ride before it even starts, the Hyundai Elantra offers a driver's seat memory system and a hands-free-open trunk, which, again, the Honda Civic fails to offer.

Additionally, both models offer a range of driver-assisting safety systems, like forward collision warning, to help you stay aware of the objects and other cars on the road, but only the Hyundai Elantra offers a Dynamic Bending Light system that swivels the lights as you turn to make sure you see what's on the road ahead. This system is part of why the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is an IIHS 2018 Top Safety Pick+ while the Honda Civic is not.

Give Us a Visit If You Want to Test Out All the Hyundai Elantra Offers in Person!

No matter the reason you have for shopping for a new compact car, we think that the Hyundai Elantra holds some pretty clear advantages over the Honda Civic, so reach out to us if you think you've found the answer to your car search. Serving car shoppers and owners from Fremont, OH to Monroe, MI, the team at Taylor Hyundai of Toledo is ready to help you along every step of the process, come and talk with one of us today!

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