2018 Honda Civic 

Starting Price: $19,835 Price Yours

Above Average: Fuel economy, resale value

Below Average: No volume or tuning knobs

Consensus: The reliable, stylish and fun-to-drive benchmark


2018 Honda Fit 

Starting Price: $16,985 | Price Yours

Above Average: Reliability, utility, cargo capacity

Below Average: Price in its segment

Consensus: Versatility accompanied by solid value


The 2018 Civic marks the fourth straight year that Honda’s compact car won Kelley Blue Book’s Small Car Best Buy award. The Civic is offered as a sedan, coupe or hatchback with multiple trims and powertrains. The interior offers great design and technologies and a sleek exterior make it a desirable choice. The Honda Fit hatchback is improved with retuned suspension and safety and in-cabin technology. A fuel-efficient, inexpensive option with the reliability that Honda has been known for, this hatchback handles better than a lot of its competition.

Honda Civic Advantages

Rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more features available

Honda Fit Advantages

Hatchback layout offers plenty of cargo with rear Magic Seat


The peace of mind that Honda offers: a history of above-average reliability, good resale value and safe cars that look nice and are fun to drive.

Final Recommendation

You can’t go wrong with either of Honda’s options here. The Civic sedan has seven trim levels filled with all the latest tech and safety features. The Fit is the hatchback with plenty of space and is a less expensive option.

  2018 Honda Civic 2018 Honda Fit
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 1.5-liter I4
Horsepower  158 hp @ 6,500 rpm 130 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm 114 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
Transmission Manual, 6-speed Manual, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 32 mpg (28 city, 40 hwy) 31 mpg (29 city, 36 hwy)
Also Available CVT Automatic CVT Automatic
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years of 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 99.6 inches
Overall Length 182.3 inches 161.4 inches
Width 70.8 inches 67.0 inches
Height 55.7 inches 60.0 inches
Turning Diameter 35.7 feet 35.1 feet
Headroom, Front 39.3 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.1 inches 37.5 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.4 inches 39.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.0 inches 54.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.0 inches 52.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 97.8 cu. ft. 95.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 16.6 cu. ft.
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