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2020 Honda Civic review

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Honda Civic highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Wide choice of body styles and powertrains

Cons

  • Infotainment touchscreen is too complex and unintuitive
  • Not enough standard tech features
  • Confusing and inconsistent exterior design

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 28 highway, 25 combined

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A practical compact car with features and style

Whether commuting to work or shuttling your kids around town, the ever-practical 2020 Honda Civic will let you do so in style and comfort. With three body choices—sedan, coupe, and hatchback—and seven trims brimming with standard features, this compact car offers something for everybody. It's an excellent choice for families, professionals, and couples wanting a well-rounded vehicle with a great reputation.

All Honda Civic years

What is new for the 2020 Honda Civic?

  • The Sport Touring trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Type-R Touring trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters, Leather Seats, Sunroof(s), Power Seat(s), Lane Departure Warning, Automated Cruise Control, and Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment.
  • The SI trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning and Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2020 Honda Civic trims

Curious how Honda Civic trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

LX

  • Includes 16-inch alloy wheels (coupe and hatchback models only), body-colored power side mirrors, automatic climate control system, driver seat with manual height adjustment, five-inch color LCD screen, and more.

  • View all Honda Civic LXs in stock

Sport

  • Adds 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss black inserts, fog lights, sport pedals, seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more.

  • View all Honda Civic Sports in stock

EX

  • Adds 17-inch alloy wheels, one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, eight-speaker audio system with subwoofer (sedan and hatchback models only), and more.

  • View all Honda Civic EXs in stock

EX-L

Touring

  • Adds 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss shark-gray inserts, LED headlights with auto-on/off, automatic-dimming rearview mirror, leather-trimmed seats, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition, and more.

  • View all Honda Civic Tourings in stock

Sport Touring

  • Adds an underbody spoiler kit, center-mounted dual-outlet exhaust, four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, sport pedals, 12-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer, and more.

  • View all Honda Civic Sport Tourings in stock

Si

  • Adds 18-inch matte-black alloy wheels, six-speed manual transmission, adaptive damper system, body-color wing spoiler, textured aluminum pedals, and more.

  • View all Honda Civic Sis in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Honda Civic

1. Fuel economy

Honda Civic: Engine | CarMax

If fuel economy is a top priority, the 2020 Civic delivers attractive EPA estimates to help you go longer between fills. Fuel economy does vary between powertrain options and body styles, but for your average commuter, the Civic sedan with the turbocharged 1.5L engine and CVT is an excellent choice. It gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

Looking for a sporty two-door? The 2020 Civic coupe with the turbocharged 1.5L engine and CVT is a close second, delivering an EPA estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

2. Balanced dynamics

Honda Civic: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Whether finding joy in your daily commute or taking the scenic route, the 2020 Honda Civic strikes an ideal balance between comfort and driving enjoyment. All models deliver a smooth ride with responsive steering, while Sport and Sport Touring trims add an athletic feel with even quicker steering and a firmer brake feel. With such precise handling, this is a fun and compact sedan, coupe, or hatchback to zip around turns and cruise along the highway in.

3. Well-appointed interior

Honda Civic: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2020 Honda Civic aims to keep you comfortable during your drive. This compact car proudly boasts soft-touch materials and plush interior details that'll make you want to spend every second of your day behind the wheel. Higher trims come standard with leather-trimmed seats (EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring trims), along with heated front seats (EX, EX-L, Touring, Sport Touring, Si coupe, and Si sedan trims) to get you through the winter. There is also an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat on EX, EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring sedans and hatchbacks and a one-touch power moonroof (on all trims except the LX and Sport) to enjoy sunny days.

4. Roomy cabin

Honda Civic: Backseats | CarMax

Don't be deceived by the 2020 Civic's compact design. Despite its neat dimensions, the interior is roomy enough to hold five passengers and their belongings. If you need stretch-out space for growing teens, the sedan's 37.4 inches of rear-seat legroom is the largest of the three body styles and the trunk holds up to 15.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. Meanwhile, if versatility is what you're after, the hatchback boasts 25.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in place and 46.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That's plenty of space to cart around sporting equipment or camping gear for some weekend fun.

5. Excellent technology

Honda Civic:Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Honda Civic includes many tech features that will enhance your connectivity and inspire confidence when behind the wheel. All trims, except the base LX, boast a standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, providing seamless integration to certain smartphone apps. If you want a satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, Touring and Sport Touring models come standard with this feature, along with a more premium audio system. Driver-assist features are also plentiful with automatic high-beams and forward-collision warning on all trim levels. Every 2020 Civic also includes standard automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist to help you master your daily commute.

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The first generation of the Toyota Corolla was released in 1966, and this compact sedan has stood the test of time on the market. Offered in six well-equipped trim levels, the 2019 Toyota Corolla is part of the 11th generation that began in 2014. Available sport seats on the SE trim in the 2019 model are designed to cradle your body comfortably on both long and short rides. This sedan is loaded with style and tech features, like a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen display, integrated back-up camera, and Toyota's Entune audio system. And with 13 solid cubic feet of cargo volume, you can pack in the groceries, work supplies, or sporting equipment as you need in a 2019 Toyota Corolla. Opt for the available paddle shifters to up your fun quotient.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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RepairPal gave the Honda Civic an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda Civic 3rd out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Honda Civic features and specs

LX 2WD 2D Coupe

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

158

Torque (ft-lbs)

138

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

12.4

Wheelbase

106.3"

Overall length

177.3"

Width

70.9"

Height

54.9"

Leg room

F 42.3"/R 35.9"

Head room

F 38.2"/R 34.6"

Front tires

P215/55HR16

Rear tires

P215/55HR16

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

2020 Honda Civic FAQ

More about the 2020 Honda Civic

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Aegean Blue Metallic

  • Cosmic Blue Metallic (all Civic sedan trims)

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Lunar Silver Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic (all Civic sedan, Civic coupe, Civic Si sedan, and Civic Si coupe trims)

  • Molten Lava Pearl (Civic sedan LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims only)

  • Platinum White Pearl

  • Polished Metal Metallic (all Civic hatchback trims)

  • Rallye Red (all Civic sedan, Civic coupe, Civic Si sedan, and Civic Si coupe trims as well as Civic hatchback Sport, EX, EX-L, Sport Touring trims only)

  • Sonic Gray Pearl (all Civic hatchback trims)

Interior details

  • All 2020 Civic models offer two rows of seating for five passengers.

  • Out of all 2020 Civic body styles, the hatchback version offers the most cargo space with 25.7 cubic feet of trunk volume.

  • EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring trims come standard with leather-trimmed seats.

  • Heated front seats come standard on EX, EX-L, Touring, Sport Touring, Si coupe, and Si sedan trims.

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