Don’t look now, but the Hyundai Elantra has gained considerable ground on the immensely popular popular Honda Civic. Both of these smaller vehicles have a lot to offer currently as family-friendly transportation.
The two have become well known for their quality and dependable characteristics, as well as having solid safety features and good gas mileage. Choosing one over the other has become a task of much consideration, and in the end it will ultimately be determined by which factors matter the most to you.
South Korean manufacturer Hyundai has really brought the Elantra a long way since its introduction in the early 90’s. When the 2015 edition was unveiled, several updates to the interior and outer appearance of the car made it even more stylish and attractive for buyers.
It certainly makes a statement to a hungry market eager to get more for their dollar. But the Honda Civic is not backing down at all from the challenge of late blooming competition.
It also continues to improve its product every year, and the latest designs of the Civic display these efforts very nicely. The sedan is both refined and comfortable, but Honda also offers sportier models of the Civic aimed towards the younger car buyers.
Engine and Drivetrain
Looking at the 2015 editions, the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra both operate on front-wheel drive. On the base models, however, the Elantra runs on a 6-speed manual transmissions as opposed to the Civic which has a 5-speed manual.
Sizes of the engines are similar at 1.8 liters each, but the Hyundai has a bit more horsepower at 145 compared to Civic’s 143. One other difference I noticed is that the Elantra has a double overhead cam, whereas the Civic operates with a single. The double overhead cam allows air to get in and out of each cylinder faster which could improve performance.
Trims and Price
The 2015 Honda Civic sedan is available in the following trims with starting prices:
● SE $19.990
● EX $21,190
● EX-L $22,840
The 2015 Hyundai Sedan:
● SE $17,250
● Value Edition $19,700
● Sport $20,250
● Limited $21,700
As you can see, the Elantra has a slightly lower starting point in their prices.
Both of these vehicles are excellent on fuel economy, and that is obviously one of the major selling points used to promote them. Comparing the numbers we learn that the Honda Civic gets around 28/36 miles per gallon city/highway, to the Hyundai Elantra’s 27/37 city/highway miles.
You can pretty much flip a coin in this category to pick a winner!
While the Hyundai Elantra may not be at the exact level of the Honda Civic yet, the lower starting price is attracting a lot of new buyers. The Elantra has come a long way in combining classy looks and features with efficient fuel economy and more power from the engine.
But the Honda Civic delivers an impressive package on these points as well, and its time-tested reliability with the market still puts them ahead by a small margin.