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2020 Honda Civic Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Rawat Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 25, 2019


The Civic is the quintessential family car and nothing seems to take this tile from this humble Honda. It is available as coupe or a sedan and variety of powerful engine. For 2020 the front is restyled which looks sleeker and host of safety features has also been added with upgraded infotainment system.

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Pros

Performance of turbocharged engine

Fuel Economy

Interior comfort

Superb Handling

Excellent Safety

Cargo space

Cons

Infotainment System

A frustrating collision warning system

What's New?

On the design front, the 2018 Titan inherits the iconic look of its predecessor with minimal changes at the front and rear. However, there is some noticeable premium chrome treatment to give it a new generation feel.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

138 lbs.-ft @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Honda Architecture (10th gen)

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.9/61.5

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.3 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2762 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

highway range

446.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Honda Civic in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Crystal Black Pearl color  2020 Honda Civic in Rallye Red color  2020 Honda Civic in Lunar Silver Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Civic LX

LX

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$19,450 - $20,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $19,450 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,350 MSRP (30/33/38) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive TBD

 2020 Honda Civic Sport

Sport

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$21,150 - $22,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,050 MSRP (29/32/37) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $21,150 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic EX

EX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
36 combined

$23,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $23,400 MSRP (32/36/42) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Molten Lava Pearl
  Platinum White Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  Cosmic Blue Metallic
  Modern Steel Metallic
  Rallye Red

 2020 Honda Civic EX-L

EX-L

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
36 combined

$24,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,600 MSRP (32/36/42) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Molten Lava Pearl
  Platinum White Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  Cosmic Blue Metallic
  Modern Steel Metallic
  Rallye Red

 2020 Honda Civic Touring

Touring

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
33 combined

$27,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,300 MSRP (30/33/38) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Molten Lava Pearl
  Platinum White Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  Cosmic Blue Metallic
  Modern Steel Metallic
  Rallye Red

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


Sedan and coupe models come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is optional. Depending on trim, a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. The Civic has the best combination of feature content and driving dynamics.

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8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Honda Civic Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model year. It slots above the compact fit hatchback and midsize Accord sedan. The least expensive 2020 Honda Civic is an LX sedan with a manual transmission is priced at $20,350.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Trims

LX

Sport

EX

Touring

MSRP

$20,350

 $22,050

$23,500

$27,400

Features

7" color TFT center meter display with Driver Information Interface

 Adds to or replaces LX features :

Adds to or replaces Sport features :

Adds to or replaces Sport features :

174-hp, 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

 

180-watt AM/FM audio system with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and 8 speakers

18" aluminum-alloy wheels, 

18" aluminum-alloy wheels (dark)

18" aluminum-alloy wheels, 452-watt AM/FM Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer, Auto-dimming

 

60/40 split fold-down rear seatback

  Aluminum-trimmed sport pedals, Centre exhaust finisher, chrome

Dual-zone automatic climate control with an air-filtration system

Body-colored heated power door mirrors with chrome accent, Chrome door handle 

 

Apple CarPlay / Android Auto

 Black combi seats (leatherette/fabric)

Driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, Honda LaneWatch, blind-spot display

Decklid spoiler, Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with bilingual Voice Recognition

 

Automatic climate control with air conditioning and air-filtration system • Available continuously variable transmission

Fog lights, halogen

Illuminated driver’s and front passenger’s vanity mirrors

Fog lights, LED

 

  HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency Response System

 Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters

Passenger-side seatback pocket, One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

Leather-trimmed seating surfaces, LED headlights (high and low beam) with auto-on/off, Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators

 

A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, Projector-beam halogen headlights with

Speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

SiriusXM, Wireless charging

We Recommend

The 2020 Civic in its stock 2.0L 4cylinder engine generates 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque, which feels just sufficient. However, upgrade to the Touring variant, and things elevate to a different level altogether. The Touring variant comes fitted with a 1.5L 4cylinder turbo engine that can fabricate a punchy 174 hp along with 162 lb.-ft. of torque. If you are content with the stock power, we'd recommend you to go for the Sport or the EX trim. Although, if power at the tap is what you desire, go for the Touring trim. 

 

2020 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

Honestly, Honda could have sent its engineers on a yearlong vacation to Tahiti rather than task them with updating the 2020 Civic. We've been giving this generation Civic top marks since its debut three years ago, and there's nothing else out this year that's going to steal the car's title belt. But here we are anyway with an even better Civic. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Replacing the peaky, high-revving i-VTEC motor, a decent 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, 2.0-liter engine is standard on the Sedan and Coupe which pumps out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque combined with a 6-speed manual or an optional CVT. Driving enthusiast can opt for the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which doles out 174 to 180 ponies (depending on trim) mated with a docile continuously variable automatic (CVT). This inline-four turbo powertrain delivers good muscle throughout the rev range, with plenty of low-end torque to get you moving from a stop.

2019 Honda civic engine

The CVT pairs well with this engine to simulate precise, smooth shifts. If you’re the type who loves control, you’ll love the standard 6-speed manual transmission on the Sedan. If you just want to hop in and go, the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) is everything you need. The available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters make driving a truly hands-on experience.

Models

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Hyundai Elantra SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport

Chevrolet Cruze L

MSRP

$20,250

$18,100

$18,700

$20,240

$18,870

Engine

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

Transmission

CVT

6-speed Automatic

CVT

6-speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

158hp @ 6500 rpm

147hp @ 6200 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

153hp@5600rpm

Torque

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

128 lb-ft@4400

150 lb.-ft. @6000 rpm

177hp@2000-4000

The turbocharged engine has a very un-Honda-like growl to it and the CVT causes a light drone when accelerating hard. The Civic wins when it comes to overall performance and produces highest amount of horsepower. 

Acceleration

The Civic Type R set records for the quickest front-drive vehicle around a number of race tracks including the notorious Nurburgring Nordschleife - Motor trend.com

The civic surges ahead with a linear acceleration when you step on the gas pedal due to a hefty low-end torque which is quite useful for city traffic and highway passes. The 2.0-liter inline-four can reach from standstill to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds while the capable turbocharged 1.5 liters having power in every rpm range does it in a meager 6.7 seconds which is impressive.

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Models

Honda Civic Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.2

8.3

9.4

8.0

7.7

Quarter mile(sec)

16.3

16.4

17.2

16.2

16.3

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

10.2

9.8

11.2

5.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2742

2767

2840

2899

2870

The Hyundai Elantra is as quick as the Civic. The Toyota Corolla is a second slower while the Mazda 3 offers the quickest acceleration. In real conditions, however, the difference in performance might not feel as pronounced, especially when negotiating traffic.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Civic strikes a perfect balance between comfort and driving dynamics. The ride is smooth with responsive steering in any driving situation. There is controlled body roll on corners and quick transitions are handled nicely. The optional 1.5-liter turbo engine delivers fierce acceleration and power is evenly distributed in the rev range.

Ride quality is awe-inspiring and the car feels playful on roads. The Civic is easy to maneuver in traffic or tight parking spots. The steering is precise and you can take corners with enthusiasm, just take some open roads.

The suspension is highly capable of keeping the car planted to the tarmac on cornering in the default driving mode. Push the Sport button on the center console, and the dampers firm up slightly, throttle response sharpens, and the computers subtract some power assist from the steering, requiring the driver to use more effort when making inputs.

Braking

Spectacular Brembo’s are quite well on surprise stops at red lights and city driving. The pedal is heavy and quite easy to modulate. The RDM system1 is designed to apply the brakes if it detects your vehicle may leave the tarmac. The average stopping distance is good if compared to the other rivals. The braking arrangement feels just right-on-point for a car of this dimension. The ride felt quite capable under panic braking tests and inspired confidence. 

2019 Honda civic brake

Models

Honda Civic Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

10.2

10.8

10.3

10.7

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

9.8

9.1

9.7

9.5

10.4

70-0 MPH (ft.)

180

183

182

179

NA

 

2020 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

The 2020 Civic gets its best fuel economy with the 174-horsepower turbo engine and manual transmission. Its estimates of 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway are some of the highest in the class among entry-level sedan. The base engine with the CVT gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Those are still very good numbers for the segment... Plus, thanks to Eco Assist with ECON mode, the Civic is designed to help keep you on the road longer, and at gas stations less frequently.

Models

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Chevrolet Cruze

MPG (city)

32

28

28

27

30

MPG (highway)

42

37

35

36

40

MPG (combined)

36

32

31

30

33

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

12.39

14

13.2

13.2

13.7

The Honda Civic is the most fuel efficient among the rivals and makes most out of every drop of fuel. The Corolla and Elantra returns similar numbers while Mazda 3 is the least fuel efficient.

2020 Honda Civic Interior

8.0/10

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 2020 Honda Civic is the reason why. – Kellybluebook

Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Civic is conservative with full of premium material and high-grade plastic components. Center console is wide with numerous pockets and bins for small articles. All the trims use a 7.0-inch touchscreen while the LX comes fitted with a 5.0-inch infotainment system. Ergonomics are well suited for an average size individual and it has a substantial amount of interior space than most of the rivals. The legroom is also generous for a compact size sedan but sills are wide which hinders entry and exit.

2019 Honda Civic sedan seating

Models

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Chevrolet Cruze

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.8/56.2/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.9/42/54.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.3/55.0/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/36.1/53.7

Interior space is nearly same in all the cars in this rivalry, although the Corolla and the Mazda 3 feels cramped at times. This isn’t a really big issue though, as all the cars here can seat 4 passengers in comfort and 5 in relative comfort.

Interior Features

  • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver seat manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Infotainment System

  • 450-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, including subwoofer
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM integration
  • SiriusXM Radio / HD Radio
  • Honda LaneWatchTM
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

2019 Honda civic infotainment

Cargo Capacity

Despite being an entry-level compact, the 2020 Civic provide ample cargo space. Its low liftover height makes easy for your load and unloads large articles. The utilitarian sedan provides 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space and it can be increased to 46.2 with the rear folding seat.

2019 Honda civic trunk

Models

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Mazda 3

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze

Cargo Capacity (lbs.)

15.2

14.4

12.4

13.0

14.8

The Honda Civic have highest amount of cargo space when compared to other vehicles. The Mazda 3 here have smallest capacity because of its size.

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2020 Honda Civic Exterior

From mild to wild, the 2020 Honda Civic has a look and a body style for everyone- Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The 2020 Civic looks very aggressive from every angle with a sleek silhouette, the stance is wide with dynamic sporty lines running through the length of the car. The bumper is restyled with a lower grille and a piano black deckled spoiler accounts for a sporty look. The sedan can be easily mistaken as a hatchback. The Audi A7 is a perfect example of depicting its body style. Its wide stance with sloping rooflines looks daring but innovative. Unique C shaped tail-lights looks menacing. The competition is heavier than the Civic but also smaller, with all the cars having less length, ground clearance, and wheelbase than the Honda. The reworked front end lends the car a sleeker and slender look. 

2019 Honda Civic sedan

Model

Honda Civic Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2724

2844

2840

2899

2870

Length(in)

182.3

181.9

183.1

180.3

183.7

Width(in)

70.8

70.9

69.9

70.7

70.5

Height(in)

55.7

56.5

57.3

57.3

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

6.3

5.3

6.7

6.1

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

 

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2020 Honda Civic Safety

The Honda Civic gets the “Honda Sensing” safety suite as standard on all models, it includes driver assist technologies like:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Low-speed collision avoidance with emergency braking

2020 Honda Civic Competition

Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a solid car but the overall performance is timid. On the other hand, Honda Civic has several potent engine choices and exceptional ride quality. You will get a nicer interior, more cargo space, and better fuel economy with the Civic as well. The handling of Toyota is snooze-worthy and there is no support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. You get both of these smartphone integration features in the Civic.

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Honda Civic vs Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra is a pretty good car in terms of safety and reliability. It has decent handling with OK engine power. The Civic is way ahead in terms of overall performance. Elantra is priced way lower than the Civic and the infotainment system is more straightforward and easy for us then the Honda’s. The cabin is much impressive in Civic and the Elantra don’t have enough reasons to sway you away from the compelling Honda.

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Honda Civic vs Mazda 3

Mazda 3 offers sharp looks, a premium interior, and superb driving elements. Like the Civic the Mazda is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The rev-happy inline 4 motors and a choice of either a smooth six-speed manual or a nearly as-fulfilling six-speed automatic transmission. Neither powertrain delivers fierce acceleration, yet the 3 is a star while highway passes.

As an everyday driver, it's viable, comfortable, and stylish. Still the driving dynamics and ride quality of Honda Civic is a step ahead.

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2020 Honda Civic Final Verdict

Though the Honda Civic cost more than the rivals its hands down a better car than the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. It is the best compact car for performance, quality, space or efficiency. It is an appealing package with multiple variants and lots of tech and features. You should definitely consider buying a Honda Civic.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the engine options available for the 2020 Honda Civic

The 2020 Honda Civic is available in two engine options, the stock 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, and a 1.5L 4 cylinder turbo engine. The stock generates 158 horsepower, whereas the turbo engine can fabricate 174 hp. 

Which transmission to go for? 

We'd recommend you to go for the manual transmission since it offers greater fuel economy as compared to the CVT and the engaging drive factor is always a brownie point for the manual transmission. 

What is the 5-year cost to own a Civic? 

The true 5-year cost to own a Honda Civic may range around $28,000