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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Hyundai Elantra

$442
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.
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Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$365
inexpensive
expensive
$442
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.27
not often
very often
0.22
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
10%
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
(11)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(21)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)
The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original tires. Just replaced the battery last month, and have had no unusual repairs on this great little r...”
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic are both compact cars. Both come with front-wheel drive. The Elantra is available as a four-door sedan, while the Civic gives you the choice of a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe or a five-door hatchback.

The Hyundai Elantra trails behind the Honda Civic in a comparison of standard engines. The Elantra has 147 standard horsepower, and the Civic starts with 158 horsepower. But the Elantra exceeds the Civic when it comes to optional engines, with 201 horsepower to the Civic’s 180-horsepower maximum.

Interior space and trunk size in the Hyundai Elantra sedan and the Honda Civic sedan are close. The Elantra has 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space and 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The Civic sedan has 95 cubic feet of passenger space and 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk. The Civic hatchback, though, has 46.2 cubic feet of space behind the front row.

The Honda Civic wins for safety technologies. It 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 equipment on top models. The Elantra offers only blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist, which are standard on all models except the base one. 

If you’re considering both these cars, the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic are close in power, interior space and trunk room. But the Civic offers the practicality of a hatchback, and a more comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies.

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