See how the 2018 Honda Civic sedan compares to the Hyundai Elantra sedan

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic and popular sedans in its segment, and it's been around for decades! Its long running history and reputation for reliability has made it a solid choice for a wide range of shoppers.

Despite all its accolades, we at Sullivan Honda must take into account that the 2018 Civic is not the only option for drivers of this class, and a vehicle that's been coming up in the ranks has been the Hyundai Elantra. Today we'll review both sedan's performance numbers, dimensions, and convenience and safety technologies.


The 2018 Civic sedan has a two-engine lineup. The first trims have a 2.0L engine with 158 horsepower. If you want a little more power on your daily commute you can choose one of the the remaining trims that has a 1.5L turbocharged engine with 174 horsepower.

With the Elantra you get three different choices. The Eco trim has a low-power 1.4L 128 horsepower engine and the Sport trim has a 1.6L 201 horsepower engine. The remaining trims come with the 2.0L with 147 horsepower.

If you choose the Elantra Sport you will get a lot more performance than the 2018 Civic's strongest offering, but we like that both of the 2018 Civic's engines are stronger than the two options that you'd likely go for if you were buying an Elantra.


The 2018 Civic sedan fits five passengers and is 182.3 inches long. Front legroom is 42.3-inches and backseat passengers have 37.4-inches for their legs. The trunk is 15.1 cubic feet, which provides a good amount of space for your groceries, gym bag, or weekend luggage.

The Elantra is going to be a little easier to park, as it's just 179.9 inches. Front legroom is the same, though the back-seat passengers have two fewer inches than those in the Civic. Personally, we like having a slightly longer vehicle and more space for passengers! The trunk is a bit smaller too and comes in at 14.4 cubic feet.

It's important to point out the 2018 Civic and Elantra both come in other body styles. The Elantra has a hatchback version (called the Elantra GT) and the Civic sedan has many siblings. There's the Civic Hatchback, coupe, and the sporty Si and Type R models. For popularity sake, this page focuses exclusively on the sedan versions for both models. However, we do generally have a few 2018 Civic Hatchback's, in case you're looking for more cargo space.


We'll start by comparing the convenience technologies across the two models. Depending on which Civic trim you choose, you can find the following highlights:

  • Smart entry key with push button start
  • 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android auto™
  • Heated seats
  • Navigation
  • 8-way power-adjusting driver's seat (4-way power for the front passenger)
  • The Elantra also has similar features, though instead of power-adjusting seats you can get a hands-free trunk. The biggest difference between the two is the ordering. In other words, you might find certain amenities sooner on the Civic than the Elantra and vice versa. We suggest writing down a list of the features you must have and the ones you can live without and see where they fall.

    If you move up to the next trim you get the nifty Honda LaneWatch™ camera, which displays what is in the blind spot of the passenger side. The top trim has LED lights and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety technologies is standard, though all trims except for the base with the manual transmission can add on the suite.

    Bluetooth is standard on the Elantra, but LED daytime running lights and a rearview camera are not! Hyundai doesn't have a specific safety package like Honda, but most trims do get blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. To get the more advanced features, you need to upgrade to the Ultimate package, however it's only available on the top trim level. This means you'll get more safety options on the 2018 Civic than the Elantra!

    You can keep reading comparison and spec sheets, but the best way to truly see how great the 2018 Honda Civic is, is to come into our dealership for a test drive. We have a fine selection for you to choose from and we think you're going to fall in love with this vehicle, like so many have over the years. So, what are you waiting for? Come in this week to check one out.


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