2017 Honda Civic vs Hyundai Elantra: What’s the Difference?

2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Honda Civic LX 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE
MILES PER GALLON (CITY/HWY)*
  31/40 29/38
HORSEPOWER
  158 hp 147 hp
TORQUE
  138 lbs-ft 132 lbs-ft

2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

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Having a lineup of five models, the 2017 Honda Civic is an affordable and reliable sedan. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an economical sedan that comes in five trims. Equipped with the Continuously Variable Transmission, the Civic offers better handling than the Elantra. All of the Civic cars are available with active safety features that are powered by the Honda Sensing technology. In the Elantra, only the Limited model offers advanced accident-avoidance systems.

Which Car Has the Better Performance?

Standard in the Honda Civic LX and EX trims, the 2.0 L i-VTEC engine generates up to 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The other models are powered by a 1.5 L turbocharged engine that yields a maximum of 174 hp. In the EX-T edition, this compact turbo engine delivers 167 lb-ft of torque. The EX-L and Touring get 162 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with a 2.0 L I-4 engine, the Hyundai Elantra offers only 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. In the Eco trim, a 1.4 L turbo engine is rated at 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Nevertheless, the Elantra Sport’s 1.6 L turbo engine has an impressive output of 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Available in two editions, the Civic’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is more sophisticated than the Elantra’s six-speed SHIFTRONIC transmission or seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission. Both sedans roll on a conventional front-wheel drive that’s designed for smooth driving on paved roads. When it comes to efficiency, the Civic’s Eco Assist System is similar to the Elantra’s Active ECO System.

Which Car Has Better Digital Technology?

Available in the Civic EX-L and Touring, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System delivers good guidance on the road. You may also listen to live feeds that are delivered by Honda HD Digital Traffic. The Hyundai Elantra is available with a GPS navigation system with NavTraffic by SiriusXM. Both sedans are connected to SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio. However, the Civic’s 10-speaker sound system generates more acoustic power than the Elantra’s eight-speaker Infinity audio system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless Bluetooth are fully supported in these models. Additionally, the HondaLink application is very similar to the Hyundai Blue Link suite. Featuring a wireless charging mat, the Civic surely makes it easy to recharge compatible smartphones and other gadgets. In the Elantra, you can only charge mobile devices by plugging them into USB ports.

What Are the Differences Between Safety Features?

Powered by the Honda Sensing technology, the Collision Mitigation Braking System is available in all of the Civic trims. Using sensors to scan other vehicles that are ahead of you, this autonomous braking system prevents front crashes. Only one Hyundai Elantra model is available with the Automatic Emergency Braking. Designed to help you stay within a single lane, the Road Departure Mitigation System is another feature that’s included in the Honda Sensing suite. The Civic’s Adaptive Cruise Control with the Low-Speed Follow is more advanced than the Elantra’s Smart Cruise Control. Some other driving aides that are installed in this Honda include the Lane Keeping Assist System and LaneWatch. Both sedans offer a rear view camera that shows colored grid lines.


Come to our dealership and check out the 2017 Honda Civic. We want you to test drive this Honda sedan that beats the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in important categories.

* 28 city / 40 highway/ 32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city / 40 highway / 34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city / 42 highway / 35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city / 42 highway / 36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.