Compare 2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic


  158 hp

MPG (city/hwy)

  28 / 401

2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra


  147 hp

MPG (city/hwy)

  26 / 36

2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Few compact cars have a bigger reputation than the Honda Civic. Since its U.S. debut in the early 1970s, it has consistently been one of the best-selling vehicles in the nation and is currently the best-selling car overall. Here’s how this reliable, economic giant stacks up to one of its biggest competitors, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra was most recently redesigned in 2017, while the Civic was treated to an all-new model in 2016.


The 2018 Civic can be the ideal car for almost anyone thanks to a choice of four powertrains: a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a 174-hp or 180-hp turbo-four, a 205-hp performance-tuned four-cylinder in the Si model, and a 306-hp performance engine in the Type R hatchback. All four come with a six-speed manual transmission, although the first two can be upgraded with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for those who prefer an automatic experience. The Civic also gets higher marks for handling than does the Elantra, offering precise steering, strong brakes, and a smooth ride.

Fuel Economy

If you opt for the 174-hp Civic with a turbo-four and CVT, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 32 city/42 highway miles per gallon. In comparison, the Elantra Eco tops out at 32 city/40 highway miles per gallon. You’ll get 28/40 with the base Civic compared to 28/37 with the base Elantra.


The auto industry more lauds few vehicles than the 2018 Honda Civic. It has been named as Motor Week’s Best Small Car, a 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy:Small Car Category2, and one of 2018 Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars3. It also received the 2018 Car and Driver’s coveted Editor’s Choice award. The Elantra received Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and earned an overall five-star rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

Visit us today at Bosak Honda Highland to test drive the 2018 Civic. Our service-focused sales staff will be happy to answer all your questions about this exceptional vehicle.

1 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2 For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

3 Car and Driver, January 2018