Honda Civic Hatchback vs Competitors

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Overview

Year after year, the Honda Civic is one of the leading sellers in the United States. The 2020 version continues its tenth generation with revised looks and the same attractive features that have kept it popular for decades. It even improves upon the non-hatchback Civic by providing additional sound insulation, making for a quieter driving experience. As much as there is to praise about this versatile and practical five-door, it still faces some worthy competition. Below, we’ll look in detail at how it stacks up to rivals like the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the Mazda3 Hatchback, the Hyundai Veloster, and the Volkswagen Golf. Note that all of the individual cars’ specifications used in this comparison are for the 2020 model year except for the VW Golf, which uses the specs for the 2019 model (the 2020 had not yet been released as of this writing).

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The 2020 Honda Civic hatchback has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $21,750, making it less expensive than the 2020 Mazda3 hatchback and the 2019 VW Golf. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback’s pricing is especially reasonable when you consider all of its standard features; even the base model comes with a good deal of advanced active safety technology and other sought-after equipment that’s usually only found on higher trims. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback’s warranty coverage is mostly on par with its rivals’ coverage. It gets a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty. It also gets 3 years/36,000 miles of 24/7 roadside assistance, which is longer than Toyota’s terms of 2 years/25,000 miles.


Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

All 2020 Honda Civic hatchback models have a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that makes 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque with the manual transmission and 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). With either transmission, it’s more powerful than the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the 2020 Hyundai Veloster’s base engine. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is also notably fuel efficient, as it gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg around town and 40 mpg on the highway, outdoing the Mazda3 hatchback, Hyundai Veloster, and Volkswagen Golf.

Both 2020 Honda Civic engines return outstanding fuel economy. The EX and EX-L are the stars with their EPA-rated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The LX equipped with the CVT and the Touring trim both get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway. The Sport with the CVT gets 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway but drops off a few mpg (25 city/36 highway) with the stickshift.


Safety

While most of these vehicles come standard with advanced safety technologies, only the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback, 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and 2019 Volkswagen Golf were given a 5-Star Overall Safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their outstanding results in government-issued collision tests. All 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback trims come standard with Honda Sensing, which is a package of safety and driver-assist technologies, including collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and auto high-beam headlights.