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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Accent

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Hyundai Accent

$436
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Accent Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 21 for subcompact cars. The average annual repair cost is $436 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Accent is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$365
inexpensive
expensive
$436
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.27
not often
very often
0.17
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(21)
4 star
(74)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(8)
1 star
(0)
The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the owner of a Honda Civic EX Special Edition Coupe. Although it's been fun to drive, this car has bad engine design. My car blew a head gasket at around 60k miles and again around 180k mile...”
“I am the owner of a Honda Civic EX Special Edition Coupe. Although it's been fun to drive, this ...”
5 star
(1)
4 star
(16)
3 star
(14)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(4)
The Hyundai Accent ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in body.
“Caveat Emptor...I say 'Buyer Beware' only because the Window Sticker said $19,004 with the Fabric and Paint Protection Add On. 5 months later I started shopping for a Hybrid due to the very lousy ...”
“Caveat Emptor...I say 'Buyer Beware' only because the Window Sticker said $19,004 with the Fabric...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Accent and Honda Civic are both small cars, but are in different size classes. The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact four-door sedan. The Honda Civic is a larger compact, which is available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback. Both the Accent and the Civic come with front-wheel drive. 

The smaller Hyundai Accent has less power than the larger Civic. The Accent has a single engine with 130 horsepower. The Civic has a standard engine with 158 horsepower, with options up to 180 horsepower.

You will also see a difference between the Accent and Civic in the space they offer. The Accent has 90.2 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.7 in the trunk, while the Civic sedan has 97.8 cubic feet of inside and 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. This is to be expected when one car is larger.

In a comparison of driver assistance technologies, the Accent offers only forward collision-avoidance assist, and only on its top trim level. The Civic offers lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation as an option on every Civic with automatic transmission, and as standard on top trims.

The decision on whether to buy the Hyundai Accent or the Honda Civic is a matter of what you need in a small car. If you need the most car at the lowest price, the Accent is a good choice. But if you need more space than the Accent can offer, better driver assistance features, or if you would prefer either a coupe or a hatchback body style, then the Civic has you covered — at a somewhat higher price.

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