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2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Honda Civic LX 2016 Hyundai Elantra L+
2.0-litre, 4-cylinder Engine 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder
7.6 city / 5.7 highway* Fuel Economy (L/100 km) 8.5 city / 6.3 highway
Standard on EX trim and above Apple CarPlay and Android Auto? Not available
Available Honda Sensing suite Driver Assistance Technology? Available driver's blind spot monitor

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra

When it comes to choosing a compact sedan, car buyers have a lot of options. This segment of the auto industry is incredibly competitive, offering vehicles with high fuel economy ratings, impressive performance, and superior handling. Two of the leading vehicles in this class are the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, both of which deliver exactly what drivers look for in a sedan. For those trying to choose between these two sedans, we will compare the 2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra.

The Honda Civic has been completely redesigned for the new model year and it is due to arrive at dealerships before the end of 2015. We don't have a full list of specifications for the 2016 Honda Civic, but the information we currently have is enough to come to the conclusion that it rises above the 2016 Hyundai Elantra. The updated styling of the Honda Civic gives it a fresh look that is sporty, sleek, and sophisticated. This new design is actually very similar to the Accord's restyling. The design of the Hyundai Elantra, however, has carried the same styling for a few years, which doesn't really stand on it's own in the compact sedan market.

Key Differences Between the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Honda Civic interior seating and features

Based on what we know at this time, the biggest differences between the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Hyunadi Elantra concern the efficiency and available technology. There is no doubt that both vehicles offer impressive fuel efficiency, but this is an area where the Civic especially shines. The base engine of the 2016 Honda Civic can hit fuel economy ratings of 7.6 city and 5.7 highway L/100 km. Compared to those number, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra seems less impressive with its fuel economy ratings of 8.5 city and 6.3 highway L/100km.

Another area where the 2016 Civic is superior is the available technology. Every trim level of the new Honda Civic can be equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and more. In comparison, the new Hyundai Elantra actually only has one feature available: a blind spot monitor. The 2016 Honda Civic also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on the EX trim and above. These are the most cutting-edge connectivity platforms currently available when it comes to smartphone technology. As for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra, while it is equipped with a sort of connectivity technology, this system pales in comparison.

If you are still torn between the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Hyundai Elantra, it may help to test drive the vehicles to see for yourself how they handle on the road. To find out more about the new Honda Civic and it's availability here at Wheaton Honda, fill out the form below and our staff will be happy to get you more information.


*Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s 5-cycle testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only.

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