2019 Honda Civic vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Elantra GT’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

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

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Civic’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 1 place higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:

 

 

Civic

Elantra GT

 

 

 

n/a

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

Sport 1.5 Turbo/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

1.6T/Manual

 

 

n/a

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

1.6T/Auto

 

Sport 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/36 hwy

n/a

 

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Civic Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Elantra GT (235/40R18 vs. 225/45R17).

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Elantra GT has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra GT base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Elantra GT (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

Passenger Space

The Civic Coupe has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra GT.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Hatchback has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Elantra GT with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 24.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Sedan easier. The Civic Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Elantra GT’s liftover is 28.8 inches. The Civic Hatchback’s liftover is only 22 inches.

Servicing Ease

A Smart Maintenance is standard on the Civic to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, radiator flush and transmission fluid replacement based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Hyundai doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Elantra GT.

Ergonomics

The Civic (except LX/Manual) has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Elantra GT’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Elantra GT can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Elantra GT’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Civic has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Elantra GT only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Civic and the Elantra GT 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 Elantra GT.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Elantra GT isn’t in the top three.

The Civic Sport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Elantra GT has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Elantra GT has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Elantra GT was Car of the Year in 2012.

The Honda Civic outsold the Hyundai Elantra by 71% during the 2018 model year.

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