Honda Civic vs. Honda Accord

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, Automotive Editor - August 23, 2021

Sedans are disappearing from the market at a rapid pace, but Honda continues to offer a well-stocked lineup of small vehicles. Two of the automaker’s more notable cars include the Civic and Accord.

While the two vehicles compete in different segments and are different sizes, you may find yourself cross-shopping the vehicles at a Honda dealership. In this comparison, we’ll see how the two vehicles stack up to one another to see which one is the better option for the majority of consumers.

What the Honda Accord Gets Right

As the larger vehicle, the Accord offers more interior space than the Civic. The Accord has more than 105.6 cubic feet of interior space, while the Civic has 99 cubic feet of interior space. Compared to the Civic, the Accord offers roughly three extra inches of rear legroom. Cargo space is also an easy win for the Accord, as its trunk can hold up to 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Civic’s 14.8 total cubic feet of cargo space.

Unless you get the high-performance Civic Type R, the Accord has more powerful engines than the Civic. The standard engine in the Accord is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower. The midsize sedan is available with a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 hp. Besides the Civic Type R, the most powerful engine in the Civic is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 180 hp.

Shoppers looking to save money on fuel will want to explore the Accord Hybrid. While Honda offers the Accord with a hybrid powertrain, the Civic is only available with gas-powered engines. The Accord Hybrid can get up to 48 mpg combined.

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What the Honda Civic Gets Right

For shoppers on a budget, the Civic is the better choice of the two. The compact sedan starts at $22,715 (including destination), while the Accord carries a starting price tag of $25,985. The extra $3,270 is a large amount of money to save with the Civic.

With less powerful engines, one shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the Civic is the more fuel-efficient option. Ignoring the Accord Hybrid, the Civic is rated to get up to 36 mpg combined. That’s slightly better than the regular Accord that has a combined rating of up to 33 mpg combined.

The Civic may be smaller than the Accord, but it’s available with more high-tech features than the Accord. Honda offers the Civic with a 9-inch touchscreen, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone compatibility, four USB ports, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. The largest touchscreen in the Accord is an 8-inch unit and the midsize sedan isn’t available with a digital instrument cluster.

Read Our Overview of the Honda Civic

Need Something Small?

The all-new Honda Civic is better than ever. The redesigned Civic improves on the nameplate in every way imaginable. Consumers searching for a small car will find that the Civic is an excellent option.

While Honda offers the Civic in a hatchback body style, only the sedan was redesigned for the 2022 model year. Seeing how Honda updated the sedan, we recommend waiting until the automaker comes out with an all-new hatchback instead of purchasing an old one.

Our Verdict

With an available hybrid powertrain, a more spacious interior, more powerful engines, and a larger trunk, the Honda Accord is the winner in this comparison over the Civic. It’s not as new as the Civic or as high-tech, but for the majority of consumers, the extra space and performance are better trade-offs.

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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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