2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Si Sedan 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 Si 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 Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Camaro’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Si 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 Si’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 Si 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic Si is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro:

Civic Si

Camaro

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Civic Si has 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 Si’s reliability 29 points higher than the Camaro.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Civic Si

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Civic Si stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Civic Si

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Civic Si’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Civic Si’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.

The Civic Si Sedan handles at .97 G’s, while the Camaro SS Convertible pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Civic Si Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Civic Si’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Civic Si’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Civic Si may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

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

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

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

Civic Si

Camaro

At idle

40 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

84 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Civic Si 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

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The Civic Si Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (11.9 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The Civic Si’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible/ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The Civic Si’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

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The Civic Si’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 Si 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 Si 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.

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

The Civic Si’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The Civic Si Sedan 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.

The Civic Si has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camaro.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Si Sedan 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 Si 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.

Economic Advantages

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The Civic Si will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Si will retain 54.01% to 55.27% of its original price after five years, while the Camaro only retains 43.22% to 49.01%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic Si is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $837 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic Si than the Camaro, including $137 less for a water pump, $578 less for a muffler, $156 less for front brake pads, $196 less for fuel injection, $101 less for a fuel pump, $82 less for front struts, $135 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 Si will be $4814 to $48164 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Civic Si, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Camaro isn't recommended.

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2018.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 23 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 2018.

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