2018 Honda Civic vs Hyundai Elantra
It’s a new model year, and with that, new competition from close-performing vehicles in just about every sector. The small sedan segment is no different. For many years, the Honda Civic has been a road-ruling entry in small cars, and the Hyundai Elantra has been right there alongside it, competing for the top dog spot.
This year, both vehicles are back and are still making waves. So, it’s not surprising that drivers in Denver, Aurora, and Centennial are curious as to which one is indeed the better sedan. Because there has to be a winner, let’s see what happens when the 2018 Honda Civic goes up against the 2018 Hyundai Elantra in an epic battle of the small sedan, and learn how to schedule a test drive.
What’s New in 2018
The competition of what’s new this year is pretty close. Neither vehicle brings major changes to the table, because both are already solid entries into the market. However, Honda has made a number of features available to more people at lower trim levels, while Hyundai has taken an options package and transformed it into an entire new trim level, which translates into a new price point to get those features.
Both vehicles deliver very solid power and fuel economy ratings. However, the 2018 Honda Civic outperforms the 2018 Hyundai Elantra—its base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine puts out 158 horsepower, while the same engine in the Elantra only delivers 147 horsepower. In addition, the Civic uses a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to drive the car, for much smoother shifting and outstanding fuel efficiency. The Elantra, however, comes with an old-fashioned standard automatic, which shifts rougher and doesn’t give you the performance you get from a Civic.
Both vehicles offer very solid technology packages, which includes Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration with their infotainment systems. Each also offers a range of standard and very modern safety features, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. But there’s one thing that the Elantra can’t offer, and that’s the Honda LaneWatch™ functionality.
This innovative safety system allows you to easily watch your blind spot. As soon as you activate your turn signal, a camera will display your passenger side area, so you can see any cars that are riding in your flank. It’s an outstanding means of helping you stay safe on the roads.
Cargo Volume & Storage
Once again, the edge here goes to the Honda Civic, which offers a pretty outstanding level of cargo volume, especially if you go for the hatchback model. While the 2018 Elantra also offers a hatchback, its configuration allows only 24.9 cubic feet of rear cargo space, while the 2018 Civic will give you a full 25.7 cubic feet—more space for shopping, luggage, and sports gear.
But even in the sedan models, the Civic will give you more cargo room. It offers a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk, while the Elantra only has a 14.4-cubic-foot trunk.
Test Drive the Civic at Mile High Honda
If you’d like to test drive the 2018 Honda Civic for yourself, this winning compact car can be found at Mile High Honda. Stop into our showroom today and get out on the Centennial, Denver, and Aurora roads in your new Civic!