Honda Civic vs. Honda Accord

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, Automotive Editor - August 17, 2018

The Honda Civic and Accord may sit in different parts of the segment, but both vehicles share a lot of the same positive qualities that make them leaders in their respective categories. Consumers have loved both vehicles since the mid 1970s and both sedans are coming off of recent redesigns. To make matters worse, both offer consumers with great driving experiences and lots of value. Can the Accord stand out over the Civic in spite of the large price difference?

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What the Civic Gets Right

The most obvious thing the Civic has going for it is its price. The Civic starts at $19,835, while the Accord is priced at $24,465 (both prices include destination). The extra $4,630 could be put toward getting into a Civic EX-L, which is toward the top of the range, for around the same price as the entry-level Accord.

Fuel economy is another point for the Civic. Because of its smaller size, the Civic is rated by the EPA to get up to 32 miles per gallon city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 combined. The Accord is rated by the EPA to get 30/38/33 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Lastly, versatility goes to the Civic. The compact vehicle is available in multiple body styles including a hatchback, a sedan, and a coupe. The Accord is only available as a sedan. The Civic will also appeal to consumers that enjoy driving, as the model has two sporty variants.

What the Accord Gets Right

The Accord is the option with the more potent engine. The mid-size sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The Civic's base 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to base powertrains, the Accord's outshines the Civic's.

Since the Accord is the larger vehicle, the sedan has more interior space than the Civic. The mid-size sedan has more front and rear head room, rear leg room, front and rear shoulder room, as well as front and rear hip room. Overall, the Accord has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic.

While both the Civic and the Accord received good crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Accord is the winner when it comes to safety. The institute named the Accord as one of its Top Safety Pick vehicles. The Civic missed out on the award because of its subpar headlights.

Who the Civic is Best For

The Civic is a leader in the compact segment, so it's not like it's a bad option in this comparison. For urbanites that live in tight areas, consumers that want to save some money at the pumps, and those on a tight budget, the Civic is the better option. It's also the winner if you're looking for a high-performance variant – the Civic Type R. For everyone else, the Accord is the winner.

Our Verdict: Honda Accord

With its larger size and more luxurious interior, the Honda Accord is the better option for the majority of consumers. Its higher safety rating from the IIHS also makes it the more desirable option of the two.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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