2020 Honda Civic

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2020 MODEL
$19,750 - $27,600
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2020 Honda Civic Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 23, 2020
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One of the most popular cars in the Honda lineup is the Civic, which has time and again proved itself as one of the best compact cars in the market. A feat that is not easy to pull off with competitors like Corolla and Cruze, to name a few. Sedan and coupe models come standard with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine is optional. Depending on trim, a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. The Civic has the best combination of feature content and driving dynamics. Its spacious cabin is crafted from premium materials.

From a humble and frugal way of transport in the 70’s era to an ultimate champion of underground races, the Honda Civic has come a long way. The Civic has the best combination of feature content and driving dynamics. Its spacious cabin is crafted from premium materials.

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Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Roomy and premium cabin

Powerful turbocharged engine

High on standard safety features

Cons

Extra-sensitive Forward Collision Warning

Laggy adaptive cruise control

What's New?

No substantial changes for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19750

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

138 lbs.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Honda Architecture (10th gen)

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2762 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

97.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

ev range

310 mi.

highway range

446.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Honda Civic in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Crystal Black Pearl color  2020 Honda Civic in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Modern Steel Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Rallye Red color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.2

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Civic LX

LX

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$19,750 - $20,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $19,750 MSRP (25/29/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,550 MSRP (30/33/38) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic Sport

Sport

power
158 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$21,450 - $22,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $21,450 MSRP (25/31/36) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual w/OD front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,250 MSRP (29/33/37) 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic EX

EX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$23,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $23,700 MSRP (32/36/42) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic EX-L

EX-L

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$24,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,900 MSRP (32/36/42) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic Touring

Touring

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$27,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (30/33/38) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The Honda Civic gets two powerhouse options, the stock 2.0L I-4 which can churn out 158 hp, and the 1.5L turbocharged variant which is built to amplify your every ride, with 174 horses, waiting to get unleashed at the slightest of the throttle tap. All variants employ a CVT setup for transmission duties, however, the Sport trim offers you a 6-speed manual transmission as well.

One of the most popular cars in the Honda lineup is the Civic, which has time and again proved itself as one of the best compact cars in the market. Yes, it is the quintessential family sedan.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front View
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Honda Civic Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic comes in a total of 5 iterations, namely - LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The LX is the base trim and starts at a price of $20,550, which can go up to $27,600 for the Touring trim. The LX and Sport models are offered in 2.0 L I4 engine configuration, which changes to 1.5 L turbocharged engine from the EX trim and upwards. Sport is the only trim that offers you a 6-speed manual transmission, else all other trims are mated to a CVT transmission.

Model

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP

$20,550

$21,450

$23,700

$24,900

$27,600

Key features

2.0L 158 hp I4 Engine

Adds to LX features

1.5L 174 hp Turbocharged Engine

Adds to EX features

Adds to EX-L features

 

Standard CVT transmission

6-speed manual transmission with pedal shifters

Remote Engine Start

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

Continuously Variable Transmission with Paddle Shifters

 

5-Inch Color LCD Screen

7-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

HondaLink

450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, Including Subwoofer

 

Fold-Down Rear Seatback

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

8-Way Power Driver’s Seat

Leather-Trimmed Seats

Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment

Trim to choose

The stock 2.0L I4 engine is a decent performer with 158 ponies, but it’s not just going to send chills down your spine. We’d recommend you to go for the EX trim, since it offers the mighty 1.5L turbocharged engine that can generate a punchy amount of ponies, along with several other convenience and entertainment features. 

2020 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

The Honda Civic comes with two engine options. The LX and Sport trim include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower, 138 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The EX and Touring trim come with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged powertrain which puts out 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6 speed CVT.

Both the engine configuration of the Honda Civic are fun to pilot, striking a paragon balance between effectiveness and efficiency. However, the turbocharged engine provides a more blazing performance as compared to the stock engine, pulling the Civic from one traffic signal to another with utmost adroitness and ascendancy.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan has CVT Transmission

Compared to the three entry-level sedans here Civic comes out to be cheaper than most of the rivals. That is a great thing when you get so many advanced safety features to keep you safe on the road.

Models

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$20,550

$21,950

$21,000

$21,835

Engine

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.5 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

162hp @ 6000 rpm

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

142 lb-ft@4400 rpm

180 lb.-ft. @6000 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

The Honda Civic may not seem like a macho contender of this power comparison, with its 158 Ponies. The Mazda 3 carries the day here with the best-in-class power figures of 186 hp, followed up by the Toyota Corolla with 162 ponies. The Honda Civic rakes in the third position with 158 horsepower, and finally the Hyundai Elantra that seals the comparison with 147 horses. 

How fast is the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan?

Both engines have enough power to execute clean passes in the city and merging on the highway. The turbocharged engine picks up like no other vehicle in this class. The 2.0-litre inline-four can reach from standstill to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds while the capable turbocharged 1.5 litres having power in every rpm range does it in a meagre 6.7 seconds which is impressive.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan hits 0-60 in 9 sec

Another advantage the Civic has is its CVT. It is the best at simulating gear shifts and provides smooth and continuous acceleration. Honda Civic may seem like an overrated set of wheels through the upper comparison, but hold on and watch how this ride makes other rivals feel under the weather when it comes to the sprinting fixture. 

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

0-60 MPH

8.2

8.2

8.0

8.3

Quarter Mile

16.3

16.2

16.2

16.4

Engine

2.0 L

2.0 L

2.5 L

2.0 L

The Honda Civic’s 0-60 time comes at 8.2 seconds, which happens to be a respectable figure for a non-performance bread and butter car. The Mazda 3 comes out as the clear winner of this comparison, utilizing its 186 ponies to the fullest. The Corolla Sedan that is also a few steps ahead of the Honda Civic in terms of power figures, does not really stand firm on this notion, with a 0-60 time same as the Civic. The Elantra makes a close chase with 8.3 seconds under its belt.

What about the braking performance of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan?

The Civic sedan comes with a strong braking system and stops are straight and sure. The pedal is heavy yet it is easy to modulate in casual stops or heavy braking at a red light. Spectacular Brembo’s are quite well on surprise stops at red lights and city driving.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan has a Front brake of 10.2 in.

The bite is strong, letting you drive your Civic with confidence and assuring you with able stopping power, whether it’s a casual suburban stop or an emergency braking situation. The ride felt quite capable under panic braking tests and inspired confidence. 

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

Brake front

(in.)

10.2

10.8

10.7

10.3

Brake Rear

(in.)

9.8

9.1

9.5

9.7

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2742

2840

2899

2767

60-0 MPH (ft.)

180

183

179

182

What about its driving dynamics?

The Civic is easy to manoeuvre in traffic or tight parking spots. The steering is precise and you can take corners with enthusiasm, just take some open roads. The suspension is highly capable in keeping the car planted to the tarmac on cornering in the default driving mode. Push the Sport button on the centre console, and the dampers firm up slightly, throttle response sharpens, and the computers subtract some power assist from the steering, requiring the driver to use more effort when making inputs.

Once you are off the mark, the precise steering and handling do the job for you, making the Civic amusing to throw around turns and corners. The ride’s rev-happy engine and fine level suspension tuning lends it neither cushy nor croaking ride quality. The 2020 Civic strikes a perfect balance between comfort and driving dynamics. The ride is smooth with responsive steering in any driving situation. There is controlled body roll on corners and quick transitions are handled nicely. The optional 1.5-litre turbo engine delivers fierce acceleration and power is evenly distributed in the rev range. Ride quality is awe-inspiring and the car feels playful on roads. 

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Rear View

The 2020 Honda Civic is a relatively large vehicle, just a few inches shorter than the Accord. Yet, it feels smaller and more agile behind the steering wheel. It is no Mazda3 in cornering dynamics, but it does well in providing an engaging and sporty ride. Every Honda Civic ride is bound to be smooth and effortless, owing to its hyper-active steering and thoughtful drive dynamics. The Civic Sedan stays planted at the harshest of curves, and it’s fine suspension sallows the hardest of bumps and brakes out there. 

2020 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

One thing that the Honda can be proud of its Civic Sedan, apart from great sales in the American market, is its fuel economy.  The Turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain with CVT is able to return 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The base engine with the CVT gets 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those are still very good numbers for the segment.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Fuel Inject Port

Civic offers a great fuel economy. When the 2-litre engine is mated to a manual transmission, it gives an mpg of 28/40 in city/hwy. Honda Civic’s 1.5L turbocharged engine is more fuel-efficient. When paired with a CVT, it gives 32/42 mpg in city/hwy. 

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)

32

31

27

28

MPG (highway)

42

38

36

37

MPG (combined)

36

34

30

32

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

12.4 gal.

13.2 gal.

12.7 gal.

14 gal.

Range (city/highway) (miles)

397/520

410/501

342/457

392/518

With mind-blowing mpg figures, the Honda Civic is your pocket’s true companion. The ride simply triumphs in this league, providing the best-in-class fuel efficiency. However, one downside to the Honda Civic comes in the form of its fuel tank capacity. The Civic Sedan can house 12.4 gallons of gasoline, which just happens to be the lowest in the segment. However, the ride ensures that this capacity does not come in your way of conquering miles, accrediting to its solid fuel efficiency. 

2020 Honda Civic Interior

8.2/10

Honda Civic sedan can fit 5 people comfortably. Thankfully the longer wheelbase manages to provide amazing space inside the cabin. The interior of the Civic is conservative with full of premium material and high-grade plastic components. Center console is wide with numerous pockets and bins for small articles. All the trims use a 7.0-inch touchscreen while the LX comes fitted with a 5.0-inch infotainment system.

Ergonomics are well suited for an average size individual and it has a substantial amount of interior space than most of the rivals. The legroom is also generous for a compact size sedan but sills are wide which hinders entry and exit. The car is loaded with enough good stuff to lure most of the small car shoppers, and all that stuff is hitched inside a roomy and spacious cabin that offers ample space for 4 people to be at ease through long sitting hours. 

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front Seats

The driver’s seat is well proportioned for the average driver, but the taller drivers would not appreciate the low telescopic range of the steering wheel. Taller drivers might face the problem of lacklustre under-thigh support, which might render longer trips uncomfortable for them.

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/55.0/35.7

The Honda Civic Sedan offers the best in class front and rear passenger space. Other three sedans are somewhat close but not as spacious as the Honda Civic.

Creature comforts on offer in the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

The Honda Civic is high on performance, but this fact does not imply that it sacrifices the comfort quotient. The ride is laden with features that make your time spent in the Civic leisurely and cosy. Some of these features include: 

  • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver seat manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch, and Panic Button
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Honda Civic’s standard infotainment unit consists of a 7-inch display screen which offers connectivity via Bluetooth and USB port. The unit can be upgraded to support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, an upgraded audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen, and an additional USB port. This screen is backed by a range of analogue shortcut buttons, that enhance the ease of using this panel. The graphics are not that intriguing, but we’ll rather call them plain and effective, with high visibility under direct sunlight. 

 

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Infotainment Screen

The Honda Civic is loaded with an array of tech features, some of the most prominent ones are as follows: 

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android auto 
  • Proximity Key System
  • Hands-Free Bluetooth Operations
  • USB and Auxilary Input
  • Four-Speaker Audio System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Built-in Navigation
  • Voice Recognition
  • HD Traffic Information

What about utility?

Despite being an entry-level compact, the 2020 Civic provides ample cargo space. Its low liftover height makes easy for your load and unloads large articles. The utilitarian sedan provides 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space and it can be increased to 46.2 with the rear folding seat.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Cargo Space

Apart from the boot, the Civic also offers plenty of smart storage slots inside the cabin as well. From centre console to below the handrest, there is a whole lot of space to store your belongings with utmost ease and accessibility. 

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

Cargo Volume(ft.3)

15.2

13.0

12.4

14.4

With 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space, the Honda Civic is the best you can get to carry a whole lot of your luggage. The Hyundai Elantra makes a chase with 14.4 cubic feet behind it, followed up by the Toyota Corolla Sedan, and finally ranks the Mazda 3. Not yet satisfied by the Honda Civic Sedan’s cargo capacity, check out the Honda Civic Hatchback variant.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Front Seats
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2020 Honda Civic Sedan seats
2020 Honda Civic Sedan
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Rear seats
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2020 Honda Civic Sedan Sunoof
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2020 Honda Civic Exterior

Civic comes with an unchanged design. It still flaunts an exuberant design highlighted with precise detailing. While some find it daring and aggressive, most find it eye-pleasing. From the front, the grille is chrome on top and black matte along the lower end.  With a dipping roofline, eye-catching grille, slender side profile, and a curvy rear-end, the 10 gen Honda Civic goes all out, making a lasting impression. 

The sedan can be easily mistaken as a hatchback. The Audi A7 is a perfect example for depicting its body style. Its wide stance with sloping rooflines looks daring but innovative. Unique C shaped tail-lights looks menacing.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Side View

The chrome part runs all the way along the top of the headlights. While the front end of the 2020 Honda Civic is quite aggressive, the side profile reveals a more elegant look. Civic has a long, low, yet wide stance. The roofline slopes smoothly into the back. Unlike most sedans, Civic is not as stretched at the back. In fact, it almost looks like a hatchback. The taillight design is also eye-catching, resembling uneven brackets. The dual exhausts are hidden behind the bumper.

Model

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2724

2840

2899

2767

Length (in.)

182.3

183.1

180.3

179.9

Width (in.)

70.8

69.9

70.7

70.9

Height (in.)

55.7

57.3

57.3

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

6.7

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The Honda Civic is the lightest vehicle of the segment and also scores pretty good on the ground clearance, width, and length aspect. The Honda Civic exterior is highly aerodynamic, lending the ride ultimate gliding capabilities. 

What are those eye-catching features?

  • 2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
  • Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
  • Push-to-Release Fuel Filler Door
  • Taillights with Integrated LED Light Bars
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Fog Lights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Body-Coloured Decklid Spoiler
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Side view
2020 Honda Civic Sedan
2020 Honda Civic Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Honda Civic Sedan
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Side View
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2020 Honda Civic Sedan Side View
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2020 Honda Civic Sedan 3rd Quarter View
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2020 Honda Civic Safety

The 2020 Honda Civic scores well in safety tests conducted by NHSTA. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives Civic 5 out of 5 stars in all their tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a ‘good’ rating in all the tests. The Civic is also equipped with Honda Sensing suite as a standard feature, regardless of the trim. Some other prime safety features of the Honda Civic Sedan are: 

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Versatile Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist Framework
  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Six Airbags
  • ABS
  • Rollover Sensors
  • Auto-dimming Rear View Mirrors
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

2020 Honda Civic Competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla 

The Toyota Corolla is a solid car from the same homeland as the Honda Civic. The Corolla, when compared to the Civic takes a harsh beating. Be it performance, fuel efficiency, or utility, the Civic blows of the Corolla in every aspect. When you go for the Honda Civic you get a much better interior, dynamic body design, and hotter on-board tech. The utility aspect of the Honda Civic is the final blow to Corolla with greater fuel efficiency and better cargo capacity. 

2020 Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

Sharp looks, plush interior, and edgy driving dynamics. These are the terms that perfectly describe the Mazda 3. Again sharing its homeland lineage with the Honda Civic the Mazda 3 is a strong contender of this segment. It’s inline-4 can generate much more power than that of the Civic, providing it with better acceleration proficiencies. 

2020 Mazda 3

 

2020 Honda Civic Final Verdict

Though the Honda Civic costs more than the rivals its hands down a better car than the Toyota Corolla. It is the best compact car for performance, quality, space or efficiency. It is an appealing package with multiple variants and lots of tech and features.

You should definitely consider buying a Honda Civic. The Honda Civic is an appealing package with multiple variants and lots of tech and features, capped with ultimate utilitarian capabilities. Starting from a base price of $20,550, the Civic Sedan ensures that pricing never comes in its way of hunting down the rivals.