2020 Honda Civic

MSRP $20,550 - $27,700

Ranked #9 in Midsize Sedan

2020 Honda Civic Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 21, 2021

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Karan Rawat 

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In the compact sedan segment, the 2020 Honda Civic is one of the best choices. Although shoppers can opt for a sporty Mazda3, frugal Toyota Corolla, or comfortable Hyundai Elantra, the Civic fights a close competition. Starting at just $20,000, Honda offers the Civic sedan in five trims with two efficient and peppy engine choices. Honda got this latest 10th-generation Civic right and, offers a manual transmission for better engagement.

There is a lot to Civic's credit, starting with Civic’s impressive resale value, low maintenance cost, and first-class predicted reliability rating. All of this adds to the 2020 Honda Civic's other strengths that include quick acceleration, crisp handling, and cargo-carrying practicality. Don't forget the safety aspect, where the base Honda Civic features numerous standard driver assists.

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Pros

Robust engine options

Best-in-class Fuel Economy

Superb Handling

Excellent Safety Features and Ratings

Lots of Passenger and Cargo space

Cons

Infotainment touchscreen display is cumbersome

Lacking an all-wheel-drive option

What's New?

The Honda Sensing system is made standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20550

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

119 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

138 lbs.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1/10.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2771 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

97.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 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.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$20,550 onwards

Sport$21,550 onwards

EX$23,800 onwards

EX-L$25,000 onwards

Touring$27,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Honda Civic in Cosmic Blue Metallic color
Cosmic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


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. Honda Civic 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.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front View
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Honda Civic Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic sedan has five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing for the base Civic starts at $20,000 (MSRP) and ranges up to $27,850 for the top-spec Touring. Honda offers a wide range with varied performance and features at an affordable price point. The Civic LX and Sport trims get a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine configuration, while the higher trims getting a zippier 1.5 L turbocharged engine.

Model

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP (Manual)

$20,000

$21,800

-

-

-

MSRP (CVT)

$20,800

$22,600

$23,950

$25,150

$27,850

Key Features

Fold-Down Rear Seatback

Adds to LX features

Adds to Sport Features

Adds to EX features

Adds to EX-L features

 

Standard CVT transmission

6-speed manual transmission

8-Way Power Driver’s Seat

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

Continuously Variable Transmission with Paddle Shifters

 

5-Inch Color LCD Screen

7-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen

Remote Engine Start

HondaLink

450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, Including Subwoofer

 

 

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Leather-Trimmed Seats

Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment

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Most shoppers will enjoy the Civic Sport that comes with a 158 horsepower engine paired to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. With the Sport trim, you will get upgrades such as 18-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Those who want more power should consider the EX trim which gets the standard 174 hp turbo-four with the CVT. The EX also adds more convenience features including a sunroof, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

2020 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

8.0/10

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. -Edmunds

The 2020 Honda Civic gets its power from either a 158-horsepower naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter or a peppier 174 hp turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Civic's base engine is adequate but the turbocharged engines offer swifter acceleration. Transmission duties are handled by a smooth and precise 6-speed manual standard on the LX and Sport trims while a CVT automatic is an available option. The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and starts at $23,600. You will get this engine standard in Civic sedan EX, EX-L, and Touring trims paired with a CVT.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Engine Bay​

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 more engaging on the sedan. The available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters make driving a truly hands-on experience. The 2020 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 base Civic model reaches 60 mph from a dead stop in 8.2 seconds while the turbocharged Civic does the same run in 6.7 seconds, which is impressive.

Models

2020 Honda Civic   

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$20,000

$21,950

$21,000

$21,835

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

158hp@6,500 RPM

162hp@6,000 RPM

186hp@6,000 RPM

147hp@6,200 RPM

Torque 

138lb-ft@4,200 RPM

142lb-ft@4,400 RPM

180lb-ft@6,000 RPM

132lb-ft@4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

8.2 sec

8.2 sec

8.0 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile 

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed  119 MPH 112 MPH 131 MPH 116 MPH

70-0 MPH (ft.)

180

183

179

182

The turbocharged engine has a very un-Honda-like growl to it and the CVT causes a light drone when accelerating hard. The Hyundai Elantra is as quick as the Civic but the driving dynamics of the Honda are unmatchable. The 2020 Mazda 3 offers the quickest acceleration and precise handling for you to have fun around the corners. 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 and quick transitions are handled nicely. 

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Driving View

Ride quality is awe-inspiring and the car feels playful on 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.

2020 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2020 Civic gets the best fuel economy with the 174-horsepower 1.5-litre turbo engine paired with a CVT automatic. EPA estimates the turbo-four sedan at 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway while the Touring sedan drops the ratings to 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The base engine is also frugal in comparison to the rivals. The Civic LX with manual gets 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway while with the CVT the ratings improve to 30/38 mpg.

Model

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (City)

32

31

27

28

MPG (Highway)

42

38

36

37

MPG (Combined)

36

34

30

32

Fuel Capacity 

12.4 gallons

13.2 gallons

12.7 gallons

14 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

397/520/446 miles

410/501/448 miles

342/457/381 miles

392/518/448 miles

The Civic has the best fuel economy in this segment at 32/42/36 miles to the gallon in the city, highway, and combined. 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. The Corolla and Elantra return similar numbers while Mazda 3 is the least fuel-efficient.

2020 Honda Civic Interior

8.2/10

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

The interior of the 2020 Civic looks conservative and is full of premium material and high-grade plastic components. The center console is wide with numerous pockets and bins for small articles. All but LX trims come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen while the base trim 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.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front Row Seats

Interior space is nearly the same in all the cars in this rivalry, although the Corolla and the Mazda 3 feels cramped at times. Despite being an entry-level compact, the 2020 Civic provides ample cargo space. Its low liftover height makes it easy for your load and unloads large articles. The utilitarian sedan provides 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space and it can be increased to 46.2 with the rear folding seat for loading bulky items.

Model

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/55.0/35.7

Cargo Capacity 

15.2 cu.ft.

13.0 cu.ft.

12.4 cu.ft.

14.4 cu.ft.

Easily the rival of the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla, the Civic’s interior is a great place to be in. In the Civic sedan, the rear legroom measures 37.4 inches. The Honda's touchscreen interface is much improved thanks to the addition of a long-awaited volume knob for the audio system and hard buttons for certain functions.

2020 Honda Civic basic Sedan infotainment screen

The base Civic also gets a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A 7-inch touch screen is available, as are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, an eight, 10, or 12-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, an additional USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a moonroof.

Technology and Convenience Features:

  • 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

2020 Honda Civic Exterior

9.0/10

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

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 Civic sedan can be easily mistaken as a hatchback from the front view. Its wide stance with sloping rooflines looks daring but innovative. Unique C-shaped tail-lights look menacing.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front Angle View

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.  

Model

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight 

2724 lbs

2840 lbs

2899 lbs

2767 lbs

Length 

182.3"

183.1"

180.3"

179.9"

Width 

70.8"

69.9"

70.7"

70.9"

Height 

55.7"

57.3"

57.3"

56.5"

Ground Clearance

6.3"

6.7"

6.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase

106.3"

107.3"

107.3"

106.3"

The Honda Civic's exterior is highly aerodynamic, lending the car the ability to cut through the air while sipping the least amount of fuel. Some of the most eye-catching exterior features of the Honda Civic Sedan include:

  • Smart Entry
  • Capless Fuel Filler
  • Rain-sensing Auto Wipers
  • Efficient Aerodynamics
  • LED headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Bodyside molding

2020 Honda Civic Safety

6.0/10

The NHTSA gave the 2020 Civic a perfect five-star overall safety rating. The sedan received the highest score of Good in all six crash tests conducted by IIHS, and it received the highest score of Superior for the front crash prevention. However, the Civic earned the lowest possible score of Poor for the illumination of the standard headlights.

As for advanced driver-assistance features, the Honda Sensing Suite is now standard across the 2020 lineup. It includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking system. Manual models do not include low-speed follow and will deactivate around 20 mph if the driver doesn’t downshift to avoid stalling. 

The Active Safety Features include:

  • 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

7.0/10

2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 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.

2020 Toyota Corolla Front Angle View

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.

2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 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.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Front Angle View

Elantra is priced way lower than the Civic and the infotainment system is more straightforward and easy for us than 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.

2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 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 the highway passes.

2020 Mazda 3 Front Angle View

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

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.


2020 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 is the best in the 2020 Honda Civic?

We'd recommend you to go for the manual transmission since it offers more engagement and quick shifts as compared to the CVT. However, for those looking for maximum fuel efficiency, the Civic automatic delivers the best-in-class EPA ratings.

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, which is about average in the compact sedan class.

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