2019 Honda Crossover Comparison: Accord vs Civic
There's no getting away from the fact automakers are finding it increasingly difficult to get buyers to choose cars over SUVs and trucks these days, even if some SUVs offer little or no more extra utility than a car that could well be more affordable than a crossover of a similar size. Some manufacturers are even going close to abandoning car production altogether to concentrate capacity on trucks and SUVs, but not Honda. Honda has some of the biggest-selling, safest and most reliable cars in the current market, so let's take a look at a couple by comparing the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2019 Honda Civic.
The Accord doesn’t bother with different body styles these days, but whether you’re a coupe or a sedan fan, the latest Honda Accord sedan has got you covered. Strictly speaking, the Accord is a four-door sedan that doesn't compromise on practicality to deliver extra style. On the other hand, the sloping roofline has more than a hint of coupe sportiness about it, and it has the most attractive Accord we've ever seen.
Apart from a convertible, the current Honda Civic can be any car you want it to be. The Civic is now available in coupe, sedan and hatchback body styles, and the fact we now have the hatch also means the Civic is now available in the US in its fabulous Type R performance form. The Civic Type R may be a hatch, but it looks so different to the standard car we defy you to see it as the same body style.
Engines and performance
Honda has ditched the thirsty V-6 engine from the Accord lineup nowadays, so every Accord now has a four-cylinder under its hood. The standard powerplant is a 1.5-liter turbo-four producing 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, but there's also a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four replacing the V-6 which then delivers 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter is adopted from the Civic Type R, but don’t expect anything like the same performance in the Accord.
The Civic hasn’t gone all-turbo yet, so the standard engine is a 158 hp inline-four. Then there's a 1.5-liter turbo-four producing 174 hp, which in some variants can produce as much as 180 hp. Si models then boost the turbo-four to 205 hp, and the Type R goes above and beyond with a 2.0-liter turbo-four putting out 306 hp.
The Accord Hybrid is impressive with 212 total system horsepower (Total system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the electric motor and gasoline engine), and it also helps the sizeable midsize sedan to around 48 mpg.** Other Honda optional hybrids are the 2019 Insight and 2019 Clarity Plug-In hybrid.
Accords are bigger cars than Civics, so it stands to reason they cost more. Both cars only seat up to five people, but there's 105.6 cu.-ft. of passenger volume in the Accord and just 97.8 cu.-ft. in the Civic Sedan. The Accord has a starting MSRP of $23,720, but you can have a Civic Sedan from as little as $19,450.*
The Civic is available in more body styles than the Accord, and it's smaller and more affordable. On the other hand, the larger Accord has more presence and gravitas, and it does go close to feeling like a luxury model at higher trim levels. On the other hand, if you want a ton of fun and stunning performance, the Accord has no answer to the Civic Type R.
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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition and other factors.