2019 Honda Civic vs. 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Camaro doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Camaro’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Civic’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Civic and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Civic earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Civic’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camaro was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

The Civic’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Civic have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Civic’s reliability 30 points higher than the Camaro.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

 

 

Civic

Camaro

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

25 city/35 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Manual

 

 

n/a

16 city/27 hwy

3.6 V6/Manual

 

 

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto SS

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/38 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

19 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

Touring 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/37 hwy

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Civic higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the Civic produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Civic offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Camaro doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Civic stops much shorter than the Camaro:

 

Civic

Camaro

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Civic has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camaro doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Civic LX/EX’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Civic Sport Hatchback’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Honda Civic may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1150 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

The Civic Coupe is 11 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the Civic easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Civic has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The Civic has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Camaro can only carry 4.

The Civic Coupe has 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 6 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (12.1 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The Civic Coupe/Hatchback/EX/EX/Touring’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The Civic’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left open on the Civic the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Civic detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Civic and the Camaro offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camaro.

The Civic has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Sedan/Hatchback has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Honda Civic comes in coupe, sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Chevrolet Camaro isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Civic owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Civic will cost $140 less than the Camaro over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $828 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the Camaro, including $133 less for a water pump, $552 less for a muffler, $149 less for front brake pads, $188 less for fuel injection, $96 less for a fuel pump, $82 less for front struts, $133 less for a timing belt/chain and $13 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Civic will be $8226 to $43587 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Recommendations

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Camaro has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Chevrolet Camaro by over six to one during the 2018 model year.

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