Top 5 Alternatives to the Honda Civic Sedan

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Top 5 Alternatives to the Honda Civic Sedan

If you’re shopping for a new car and want some alternatives to the 2016 Honda Civic sedan, you have come to the right place.

Honda rolled out an all-new Civic sedan for the 2016 model year and its improvements are well-documented. We even named it AutoGuide.com‘s 2016 Car of the Year — it’s that good. But maybe that’s not enough to entice you to climb into the new Honda Civic sedan. The Honda Civic is a great car, but it’s not the only player, so that’s why we have come up with a list of five alternatives.

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Priced from $19,475 including destination, the 2016 Honda Civic sedan comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, while returning 27 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Also available is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged model is currently only available with a CVT – although that is changing in the near future – and returns 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.

5. Hyundai Elantra Sedan

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For starters, there’s the more affordable Hyundai Elantra sedan that is priced from $17,985. The entry-level sedan from Hyundai comes powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque while returning 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Summary: Less power but better fuel economy in the city and comparable features.

See our Hyundai Elantra Review here


4. Ford Focus Sedan

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Slightly more expensive than the Hyundai Elantra sedan but still cheaper than the Honda Civic is the Ford Focus sedan with a price tag of $18,100. Powering the Focus is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. When paired to a five-speed manual transmission, it returns 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Summary: A smidge more performance at the sacrifice of fuel economy.


3. Volkswagen Jetta

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If you prefer something with German engineering, the Volkswagen Jetta is priced from $18,500 and comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the Volkswagen Jetta gets 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Summary: Less horsepower but plenty more torque thanks to a turbocharged engine. Fuel economy is comparable.

See our Volkswagen Jetta review here


2. Nissan Sentra

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The Nissan Sentra is higher on our list because it’s considerably more affordable than its competitors with a $17,365 starting price. Lurking under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine sporting 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, noticeably less than the Honda Civic. Its fuel economy comes in at 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. It’s also a more likely competitor if you’re in the market for a Japanese vehicle.

Summary: Cheaper by more than $2,000 but offers less performance, comparable fuel economy and lots of features.

See our Nissan Sentra Review here


1. Mazda3 4-Door

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And our top alternative to the 2016 Honda Civic sedan is the Mazda3 4-door. Why? Because it is also an AutoGuide.com Car of the Year recipient, taking the award in 2014. Although more expensive than other vehicles on the list with a starting price of $18,665, the Mazda3 is still cheaper than the Honda Civic sedan. The standard model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and returns 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission.

Summary: Slightly cheaper, comparable performance and better fuel economy.

See our Mazda3 Review here

Discuss this story on our Honda Civic Forum

  • Kirk Hilles

    I originally looked at the Mazda 3, but to me its an Apples-Oranges comparison to the Civic. If you’re looking for a pure drivers car then sure, the Mazda 3 is unbeatable in a manual transmission configuration. That being said, the Civic is quite exciting in EX+. The available Sensing is unbelievable for its price range and available on all trim levels for $1k. Android Auto/Carplay is standard on EX+, moonroof standard, brake hold standard, etc. Civic will give you a lot more room in the back too. Price wise, I have fixed price dealers here for both Honda and Mazda and while the MSRP is higher on the Honda, higher discounts are available, so the Civic EX is priced about the same as an iSport.

  • BernardP

    I would drop the Sentra and add the Subaru Impreza