The Honda Civic made its debut in July 1972 as a two-door coupe model. It was followed by a three-door hatchback a few months later. Now in 2021, the Honda Civic has entered its eleventh generation as a four-door compact sedan. The Civic is one of the all-time best-selling automobiles in the world. Since its debut in 1972, over twenty-seven million units have been sold. The newest lineup of the Civic sedan was first revealed as a prototype on November 17, 2020. After a couple of reveals, it was released on June 16, 2021, as a 2022 model in North America.
This particular generation is not being sold in Australia or Japan due to a decline in sales. The Honda Accord, however, remains as a favorite among those two nations. There are at least twenty cars similar to the Honda Civic, either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Like the Civic, there’s more than one trim that goes from basic to luxury, pending on how far a driver wishes to go when it comes to the ideal automobile. There’s also the option to go with the continuous variable automatic transmission or its six-speed manual. The current lineup of the Honda Civic also comes as an EV option if you’d rather drive a vehicle that doesn’t rely on a combustible engine.
Honda Civic Specifications
The wheelbase of the current Honda Civic measures 107.7 inches. The sedan is 184 inches long while the liftback is 179.1 inches. The width is 70.9 inches and the height is 55.7 inches. Its curb weight ranges between 2,877 to 3,077 pounds. This is a front-wheel drive automobile that comes either as a 1.5-liter turbo or a 2.0-liter engine that has a horsepower output rating starting at 158 and reaching as high as 180. According to the Honda Civic page, the suggested starting price of the sedan is $22,550.00 USD. The fuel mileage is up to forty-two miles per gallon on the highway and up to thirty-three miles per gallon in the city.
1. Acura Integra
On June 2, 2022, the Acura Integra was brought back to North America for the 2023 model year as a five-door liftback. It was designed to replace the ILX sedan. It’s built on the exact same platform as the Honda Civic. Aside from a few tweaks here and there, the Acura Integra and Honda Civic are twins. Acura and Honda are affiliated with each other as Japanese automobile manufacturing companies. In fact, while it’s called Acura Integra in North America, it’s Honda Integra in countries like Australia and Japan. These are priced at $30,800.00 USD as they serve as the more luxurious option compared to the Civic.
2. Audi A4
Technically speaking, the Audi A4 not only earns the five-door hatchback recognition but as a luxury small car. It’s also more luxurious than the Honda Civic and has the $39,900.00 USD price tag to prove it. Granted, it’s an all-wheel drive and not front-wheel but when it comes to pulling off the look as a compact four-door sedan, it at least serves as a visual rival to the Civic. The wheelbase is 111 inches long with the car’s length measuring at 187.5 inches. That’s only 3.5 inches longer than the Civic. It’s also a bit wider at 72.7 inches and taller at 56.2 inches. The fuel economy isn’t quite as efficient, either. In the city, the Civic has a six miles per gallon advantage while on the highway its at four miles per gallon. As for the interior room, the Civic does have a bit more room but to Audi’s credit, where they lack in space they make up for in luxury.
3. BMW 228i
From BMW is the 228i and it’s a four-door sedan that starts at $35,700.00 USD. Like the Honda Civic, it’s a compact-sized model with a front-wheel drivetrain. It has a 228-horsepower output and can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, which is quicker than the 8.2 score Civic has. BMW is a luxury brand, justifying the higher starting price than the Civic. The exterior measurements are comparably close while the interior space sees the Civic come out on top. However, if it’s luxury you seek, BMW is the clear winner there.
4. Chevrolet Cruze
2019 marked the final year of the Chevrolet Cruze as the automobile manufacturer has opted to focus more on crossovers and SUVs than sedans. However, of all the discontinued sedans from the Chevrolet team, the Cruze is the closes match to the Honda Civic. When it comes to fuel economy, the Civic has only a tiny edge over the Cruze by two to three miles per gallon between in the city and on the highway, respectively. The measurements are very close as the Cruze is 183.7 inches long and 70.5 inches wide. It’s taller than the Civic at 57.4 inches. Also, just like the Civic, it has a front-wheel drivetrain.
5. Ford Focus
Although Ford no longer has Focus in the production line, this compact sedan still makes the grade as a vehicle similar to the Honda Civic. 2018 marked the final model year of what used to be a Ford favorite. While the 2022 Honda Civic will have clear technological advantages over the Fusion, the two are similar in size and shared the same classification. In engine performance, both vehicles are evenly matched with one exception. The fuel mileage of the Civic outperforms the Focus by three miles per gallon on the highway and five miles per gallon in the city.
6. Hyundai Accent
Granted, the Hyundai Accent is classified as a subcompact four-door sedan. However, it’s got a shorter wheelbase than the Honda Civic at 101.6 inches with an overall vehicle length of 172.6 inches. It’s also skinnier at 68.1 inches and taller at 57.1 inches. The Accent is also lighter by just over two hundred pounds. Because of this, the interior is smaller, but not by a whole lot. They’re comparable with less than a three-inch difference and that’s in shoulder space and rear leg room. The remaining numbers are so small that passengers will barely notice it when taking turns sitting in each vehicle. When it comes to fuel economy, the Accent has a slight advantage over the Civic by one or two miles per gallon between city and highway driving.
7. Hyundai Elantra
The Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan with slightly more passenger room and better fuel economy than the Honda Civic. The rating is forty-three miles per gallon on the highway and thirty-three miles per gallon in the city. The price for an Elantra starts at $20,200.00 USD. In 2021, the Hyundai Elantra was chosen as North American Car of the Year, at least according to the information shared on its website.
8. Hyundai Ioniq
As a five-door hatchback with a compact four-door sedan looks, the Hyundai Ioniq compares well to the Honda Civic. Like the Civic, it has a front-wheel drivetrain. It’s slightly shorter in length than the Civic with a 106.3-inch wheelbase, and 176 inches in length, but is a bit wider at 71.7 inches and taller at 56.9 inches. When it comes to fuel economy, the hybrid advantage Ioniq has over Civic gives it the edge by as much as twenty miles per gallon on the highway and twenty-seven miles per gallon in the city. Is the Ioniq an electric car? The 2022 Ioniq 5 is but the Hyundai Ioniq is technically a hybrid that can switch from gas to electric. The upcoming 2023 Honda Civic will come as a hybrid as well, so these two models will have something else in common here that will also see the fuel economy difference between the two become narrowed. The Ioniq starts at $16,645,00 USD, making it significantly cheaper than the Civic at its base price.
9. Kia Forte
As a standard, the Kia Forte has a 2.0-liter engine with a 147 horsepower output and the same CVT as the Hyundai Elantra. Compared to the Honda Civic, the fuel economy rating of the Forte is thirty-one miles per gallon in the city and forty-one miles per gallon on the highway. The Civic has a slight advantage in that area over the Forte. As a four-door sedan, the Forte has in common with the Civic as a model that hasn’t been slated for discontinuation just yet. As popular as crossovers and SUVs have become, Kia and Honda both seem to be aware the sedans haven’t outlived their usefulness just yet. Both of these vehicles come in front-wheel drive and both have the option between a manual or CVT transmission. They both share the same width and the Forte is slightly shorter in length at 182.7 inches. The Civic is measured at 184.0 inches. The Forte starts at $19,490.00 USD.
10. Kia Rio
Where the Kia Forte shares similar schematics as the Honda Civic as a four-door sedan, the Kia Rio does the same but also as a five-door hatchback. In this regard, Rio has more in common with the Honda Civic as it offers both options as well. The fuel economy ratings are virtually identical and both models have the front-wheel drivetrain as a standard. In overall size, the Rio is a bit smaller but when the front passengers aren’t likely to notice as both models offer just over forty-two inches of leg room and almost forty inches of headroom. The rear passengers will find the Civic has a bit more space in leg room with a four-inch advantage over Rio’s 33.4-inch measurement. As for headroom, Rio has the upper hand but only slightly. Civic’s is measured at 37.1 inches and Rio’s is 37.4 inches. The Kia Rio does have a lower base price at $16,450.00 USD, making it the more affordable option over the Honda Civic.
Many of the key traits the Honda Civic has also made the Mazda3 what it is. The buyer has the option to choose between a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. There are also two engine options available with the basic model line. Mazda3 is priced at $21,250.00 for the sedan and $23,100.00 for the hatchback. The 2.0-liter engine has a 155 horsepower output, which is slightly less than the base Civic. Mazda3’s fuel economy rating isn’t quite as impressive as Civic’s as a driver can get about three to four miles extra per gallon, regardless if it’s in the city, on the highway, or combined. The Civic is also roomier on the inside than Mazda3 by six inches. The Civic also has a bit more cargo volume room as its capacity is 14.8 cubic feet as opposed to Mazda3’s 13.2 cubic feet measurement.
12. Mercedes-Benz A 220 Sedan
The Mercedes-Benz A 220 is a four-door sedan comparable to the Honda Civic. The base price is higher at $33,950.00, but we are talking about a Mercedes here. Like the Civic, it shares the front-wheel drivetrain. The exterior measurements between the two models are very similar with only the length of the Mercedes slightly shorter at 179.1 inches. In the city, the Civic’s fuel economy rating has a five miles per gallon edge over the A 220. On the highway, it’s a two miles per gallon advantage. The interior measurements are comparable but the Civic has more trunk space by just over six cubic feet.
13. Nissan Sentra
As a compact sedan, Nissan Sentra has often been cross-shopped against Honda Civic. When it comes to acceleration, fuel economy, and handling, the Civic has a marginal advantage over Sentra. Sentra has a horsepower rating of 149 and an average of four miles per gallon fuel rating disadvantage. It is priced cheaper than a four-door sedan, though, with the base cost starting at $19,950.00 USD.
14. Nissan Versa
The Nissan Versa is registered as a subcompact sedan, yet is quite comparable to the Honda Civic. Starting at $16,850.00 USD, the Versa shares the front-wheel drive standard and an identical fuel mileage rating on the highway. In the city, it has a minor edge over the Civic by only one mile per gallon. Aside from being taller than less than two inches, the Versa’s overall size is seven inches shorter in length and slightly over two inches skinnier in width. The Versa’s wheelbase is measured at 103.1 inches. Inside, the Civic is a bit roomier than the Versa as its passenger volume is rated at ninety-nine while Versa’s is at 88.9.
15. Subaru Impreza
Starting at $19,925.00 USD, the Subaru Impreza is a compact four-door sedan that compares with the Honda Civic in this regard. However, in fuel economy rating, the Civic gets four miles per gallon superior performance on the highway and a three miles per gallon advantage in the city. In size, the differences are very small on the inside and the outside. The Impreza is slightly larger overall but no more than a couple of cubic square feet maximum and that’s in trunk space.
16. Subaru WRX
As a compact sedan, the Subaru WRX shares the four-door design as the Honda Civic. However, it’s an all-wheel drive, not a front-wheel. The horsepower output is 271. It’s pricier at the base cost of $29,605.00 USD and is a slightly shorter and wider model compared to the Civic. It also falls short on the fuel economy rating with twenty-six miles per gallon on the highway and nineteen miles per gallon in the city. The WRX comes with the option between manual or CVT transmission, as well as trim model options. It’s a heavier automobile with a curb weight of 3,297 pounds compared to the Civic’s 2,877 pounds. It’s almost as roomy for passengers but still falls a wee bit short in that category as well. As for cargo space, the measurement is 12.5 cubic feet, which is also smaller than Civic’s 14.8 measurements.
17. Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is the closest four-door sedan model from Toyota’s manufacturing camp that measures up to the Honda Civic. The two come as a front-wheel drive, as well as more than one engine option, transmission options, and trim design. However, it falls a bit short in engine performance as its horsepower rating is 139. In fuel economy, the Civic has a one-mile per gallon advantage over the Corolla in the city and a two-mile advantage on the highway. Priced at $20,425.00 USD, the Corolla’s measurements are very close to the Civic’s but the interior space for passengers is a bit smaller, especially in the shoulder room area. The same is said about the trunk space with its 14.1 cubic feet measurement.
18. Toyota Prius
Starting at $25,075.00 USD, the Prius from Toyota measures up as a comparable compact hatchback to the Honda Civic model. Now, the Prius is a hybrid model so when it comes to fuel economy, it has an advantage over the Civic for now. However, Honda’s 2023 Civic lineup will have it make a comeback as a hybrid that will no doubt fix that gap easily enough. In the meantime, when it comes to the drivetrain, both models have the front wheel as a standard. Their exterior and interior measurements are closely matched, and their performance levels as vehicles are also comparable.
19. Volkswagen Golf
The Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf have been longtime rivals in the category of compact five-door hatchbacks. These are the two automobile giants who were instrumental in the kickoff of the “hot hatch’ craze that manifested in North America. As of 2022, Volkswagen has opted to turn Golf into a compact crossover SUV. However, the 2021 model still had it as a five-door hatchback. Its unit started at $23,995.00 USD and shared the same characteristics as a front-wheel drive machine. The fuel economy isn’t as efficient as the Civic as it falls short by two miles per gallon in the city and five miles per gallon on the highway. It’s also significantly smaller in length at 167.6 inches. The width, however, is a close match at 70.8 inches. The height is a bit taller at 58.7 inches. As for interior space, it’s a bit roomier to sit in the Civic than in the Golf.
20. Volkswagen Jetta
Starting at $20,365.00 USD, the Volkswagen Jetta starts with a 147 horsepower output and is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway by two miles per gallon than the Honda Civic. In the city, their ratings are identical. They also share the same front-wheel drivetrain and have exterior and interior measurements that are a close match to each other. The Civic has a slight increase overall but it’s minuscule. Where the Golf served as a major rival against the Civic in the five-door hatchback category, the Jetta does the same in the four-door sedan category.