2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the Civic 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Civic’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The Civic’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Civic’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Civic:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Civic 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

138 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Civic 2.0 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

88 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5T (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Civic

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

17 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

165 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro V6 is faster than the Honda Civic 1.5T (automatics tested):

Camaro

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.9 MPH

92.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Civic doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Civic (19 vs. 12.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Camaro offers an optional up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Civic doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Civic doesn’t offer launch control.

The Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1 manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Civic doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro ZL1

Civic

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.35 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

14.4 inches

10.2 inches

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

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Civic:

Camaro

Civic

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Civic (245/50R18 vs. 215/55R16). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Civic (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 235/40R18).

The Camaro’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic LX’s standard 55 series tires. The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Civic Sport/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Civic LX. The Camaro’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Civic Sport/Touring.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Civic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Civic doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Civic’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Civic (110.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Civic.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Civic’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Civic Coupe pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the Civic Sport Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.7 seconds quicker than the Civic LX Coupe (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Camaro Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Civic Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Camaro’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Civic’s useful trunk space.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Civic doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Civic uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Civic doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Civic doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Civic does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Civic doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Civic’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Civic offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro (except LS/LT1) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Civic doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Civic doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Civic, including $292 less for a starter.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe won out over the Honda Civic Touring Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Civic was rated third in its category.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Civic was Car of the Year in 2006.

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