2018 Honda Accord 

Starting Price: $24,465 | Price Yours

Above Average: Driving refinement, cutting-edge tech, reliability and resale value

Below Average: Not much

Consensus: The most advanced, most recommendable midsize sedan in the country


2018 Honda Civic 

Starting Price: $19,835 | Price Yours

Above Average: Excellent fuel economy, high resale values, quality build, low price, high-performance variants 

Below Average: Audio system needs proper volume and tuning knobs, manual transmission not available across the lineup

Consensus: A fantastically affordable commuter car, road trip car, first car, family car and performance car.


The Accord and Civic share so many of the same positive attributes it really just boils down to your preference in three areas: rear seat legroom, price point and audio systems. The Accord is definitely the senior statesman here, offering plenty of room for four adults, a larger trunk and a quieter cabin. The Accord also offers a superior audio setup, more luxury features and a hybrid model. The Civic appeals to a more youthful side, being far more playful in the curves especially when equipped with a manual transmission. The Civic Si and Type R push the performance envelope, while a choice of coupe, sedan or hatchback expands the customer’s ability to personalize his or her Civic. Of course, both the Accord and Civic come with legendary Honda quality, reliability and resale, as well as the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist, which is standard on the Accord and optional on the Civic.

Honda Accord Advantages

Easy-to-use tech, refined upscale interior, driving satisfaction, high-mileage hybrid, standard Honda Sensing

Honda Civic Advantages

Choice of body styles, low base price, available manual transmission, Si and Type-R performance versions


Both the Civic and Accord offer superior scores in the areas of safety, reliability and resale. Both feature sporty styling and comfortable cabins, with intelligently designed controls and plenty of room to stretch out. The turbocharged 4-cylinder engines in both the Civic and Accord offer a nice balance of power and efficiency, and both cars have repeatedly taken first place in KBB’s Best Buy Awards.

Final Recommendation

As we stated before, the only reason to buy one car over the other comes down to how much back seat room you need, how much high-tech and luxury you need and how you feel about styling and image. Both cars make excellent choices, but if you don’t need a big car, we think the Civic delivers just about everything you could want in car at a price that’s hard to argue with.

  2018 Honda Accord 2018 Honda Civic
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm 158 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city, 38 hwy) 34 mpg (31 city, 40 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L turbo I4, hybrid 1.5L turbo I4, 2.0L turbo, 6-speed manual
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 106.3 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 183.3 inches
Width 73.3 inches 70.8 inches
Height 57.1 inches 55.7 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 35.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 35.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 36.8 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 37.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 56.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 55.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 95.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 15.1 cu. ft.
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