Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic


When searching for a sedan that’s packed with safety and technology features, you may find yourself torn between the 2020 Hyundai Elantra and the 2020 Honda Civic. With both vehicles shining in their own way, how are you supposed to decide between the two?

Thankfully, we here at McDonald Hyundai have put together this Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic car comparison to help point out their key differences. Ready to hit the streets of Littleton and Parker in your new sedan? Keep reading to see which sedan better fits your lifestyle.

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Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic | Littleton, CO


Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic | Littleton, CO

Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic Safety Features

Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic offer state-of-the-art safety suites. Similarities between the suites include high beam assist, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. While there are similarities between these two models, there are also a lot of differences:

Safety Suite

Hyundai SmartSense Safety Technologies

Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies


Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)

Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

The standard Driver Attention Warning (DAW) feature acts as your virtual co-pilot. It analyzes your driving patterns in terms of steering and vehicle position. If the system detects possible fatigue, an audible tone and visual alert will illuminate on your dashboard.

If you’re looking for a similar feature on the Honda Civic, unfortunately, you’ll be looking for quite some time. Even with the advanced Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies, no similar feature is found with the Civic.

In addition to the superior safety features offered with Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies, the Hyundai Elantra was the IIHS 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK for its Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) feature as well as for the LED headlights.1

Hyundai Elantra Technology vs Honda Civic Technology

Technology & Entertainment

In addition to the safety features of the Hyundai Elantra, you’ll find an assortment of technology features, too. Some of these features, such as the available Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, are also found with the Honda Civic.

Both sedans come with a standard 5-inch center display screen. If you’re looking to upgrade the size of your center screen, you’ll also find the Honda Civic has an available 7-inch touchscreen display, but the Hyundai Elantra has an available 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.

Despite the fact that both the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic offer a connective app, the optional HondaLink® just can’t keep up with the optional Blue Link®.

In addition to both having the ability to remotely start your vehicle, send directions from your smartphone to your vehicle, and request roadside assistance, you’ll also have access to the following features with Blue LinkÒ:

  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • Panic notification
  • Geofence, curfew, and speed alerts
  • Connection to Amazon Alexa, Google™ Assistant, and other smart devices

Additionally, you’ll be able to fully access your Elantra remotely. With Blue Link®, you’ll be able to find your car, lock and unlock your doors—all from your smartphone. There aren’t features similar to this available with HondaLink®

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Honda Civic Performance | Littleton, CO

Elantra vs Civic Performance Capabilities

Variety of choice is necessary to a shopper. Just as no two thumbprints are alike, neither are two drivers. For that reason, both the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic have multiple engine offerings. The Honda Civic has two different engines: a 2.0L engine and a 1.5L turbocharged engine.

The Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, has three engines: a 2.0L engine, a 1.4L Turbocharged engine, and a 1.6L Turbocharged engine.

Even the strongest performing engine of the Civic still can’t compete with the power of the Elantra:

Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic Engines

1.6L Turbocharged Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Engine

201 horsepower

174 horsepower

195 lb-ft of torque

162 lb-ft of torque

Besides a more powerful engine, the Hyundai Elantra has a standard Drive Mode Select system. The Normal, Sport, and Smart features of this system are three modes you won’t find on the Honda Civic.

2020 Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra: A Clear Winner

Based on performance, safety, and technology features, the Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner in our eyes. While both sedans are tech-savvy and safe, the Honda Civic can’t keep up with the features of the Elantra.

If you’re ready to get an up-close look at the Hyundai Elantra, stop by our showroom at McDonald Hyundai. Before you know it, you’ll be cruising the streets of Littleton and Parker in a Hyundai Elantra of your own.

Contact us today to schedule a test drive!

1To qualify for 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn GOOD ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint test, as well as an Acceptable or Good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention and an Acceptable or Good headlight rating. For details, visit

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