2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Honda Civic Si

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 86 and the Civic Si have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Civic Si.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.

Reliability

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 86’s reliability 19 points higher than the Civic Si.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota 86 is faster than the Honda Civic Si (manual transmissions tested):

 

86

Civic Si

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.3 MPH

92.6 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Civic Si doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Transmission

The 86 offers an optional automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 86 TRD Special Edition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic Si:

 

86 TRD Special Edition

Civic Si

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.1 inches

The 86’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Civic Si are solid, not vented.

The 86 stops shorter than the Civic Si:

 

86

Civic Si

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

127 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The 86 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 Civic Si; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The 86’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.2% to 44.8%) than the Civic Si’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the 86 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 86’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Civic Si’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis

The 86 is 10.7 inches shorter than the Civic Si Coupe, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the Civic Si Coupe:

 

86

Civic Si

Full-Throttle

80 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The 86 has .6 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Civic Si Coupe.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 86 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Civic Si. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the 86’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Civic Si’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The 86’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Civic Si’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 86 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 86 with a number “1” to “9” insurance rate while the Civic Si is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the Honda Civic Si, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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