Are you looking for a fuel-efficient compact sedan, but don’t know which one is right for you? The 2017 Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra are two safe and peppy cars that share some similarities and even more major differences. Let’s see how these two vehicles compare to each other


The 2017 Honda Civic received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while the 2017 Hyundai Elantra scored lower (4-star NHTSA rating). The Civic also features Honda Sensing, which is an optional suite of advanced technology designed to help prevent collisions. Some of the safety features of the Civic include seven strategically placed airbags, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitor, auto-leveling headlights, and an emergency trunk release.

Cargo Space

The Honda Civic boasts a 15.1-ft3 trunk, which is more than most compact sedans. The Hyundai Elantra’s trunk only measures 14.4 cubic feet. The Civic also has a wider trunk lid that makes loading and unloading bulky or awkward items a breeze.

Fuel Efficiency

Regardless of the model, the 2017 Honda Civic earns the best fuel economy estimates in its class. The base Civic LX trim returns 31 mpg in the city and a whopping 40 mpg on the highway, while the turbocharged models bring in 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The Elantra averages only 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The excellent fuel efficiency of the Civic will save you money on your long commutes. 

2017 honda civic performance horsepower


The Honda Civic’s standard engine puts out 158 horsepower and the turbocharged engine makes 174 horsepower. The Hyundai Elantra doesn’t even compare—its 147-horsepower standard engine is a slow burner without the “burner.” The zippy Civic has virtually no lag off the line and boasts impressive handling for a smooth ride. Merge into traffic or a busy I-95, and you won’t be left white-knuckling your steering wheel.

“Around turns, you’ll feel as if you have great control through the car’s steering and grip: it’s an entertaining car to drive and have some fun. Out on the highway, the Civic earns high marks, too, with a composed ride quality that doesn’t get overly floaty or harsh.” — Edmunds

2017 honda civic interior


Both vehicles come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen and USB ports, as well as options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and climate control. The Honda Civic has safety features that the Elantra doesn’t — LaneWatch features passenger-side cameras and Honda Sensing is an available package that includes collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The base Civic also comes standard with Bluetooth and a rearview camera, which are only available on the 2017 Elantra.

“The available navigation system runs through a large, easy-to-read screen, which also serves as the control center for audio, CarPlay and climate control.” — Kelley Blue Book

The New Civic is #Winning

A perfect safety score paired with incredible performance makes the 2017 Honda Civic an equally perfect choice for a compact sedan. For decades, the Civic has been an excellent choice for shoppers, and that doesn’t change with the 2017 model. It is a genuinely great car that is clearly leading its class—and we aren’t just saying that because we’re Honda dealers near Brunswick, GA. It’s true!

Let us show you why the 2017 Honda Civic is a clear winner when compared to the Hyundai Elantra. Visit your nearest First Coast Honda Dealers location in Brunswick or Waycross to test drive the Civic or any of our other new Honda cars for sale and lease. While you’re there, be sure to ask about our current and upcoming Waycross Honda deals, because who wouldn’t want to save money on a new car? Not you, Mr. Savvy Shopper.


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