2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Honda Civic
2017 Hyundai Elantra
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If you’re searching for a fuel-efficient sedan with high safety ratings, strong performance, and interior cabin comfort and technology, you can’t go wrong with either the 2017 Honda Civic vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra.
The 2017 Honda Civic celebrates its 10th generation and its fifth decade sold in the U.S. by introducing itself as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback. However, our 2017 Honda Civic has outranked its competitor by being named as the top compact car and best compact car for the money plus it’s been named a finalist for the 2017 Best Compact Car for Families.
At our Kansas City Honda dealership we’re proud to carry the 2017 Honda Civic. It’s been one of the most popular cars in our showroom and it is one of the top three selling sedans in the U.S. in which more than a quarter-million people each year call it their car of choice. We carry these popular vehicles in both coupe and new hatchback body styles in a variety of colors including burgundy, silver metallic, modern steel, cosmic blue metallic, and white orchid.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been completely redesigned for this model year. It’s a compact car that offers a roomy interior and comfortable seats for its passengers, good fuel economy, advanced safety technology, user-friendly tech features, and a popular 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. A high fuel economy Eco model is available for those environmentally friendly drivers.
Our Rolling Hills Honda customers deserve a closer comparison between the two vehicles. Let’s take a sharp look at these two competitors, the 2017 Honda Civic vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra, to see which vehicle is right for you.
While both sedans offer a lot of key incentives, we believe that the 2017 Honda Civic edges out the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Our customers will see the value in its perfect safety score, solid performance, fuel efficiency, and array of high-tech features.
The 2017 Honda Civic is equipped with Honda Sensing, optional on any sedan trim, a six-system advanced safety technology designed to help prevent collisions. It also received a perfect 10 safety score on crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both the NHTSA and the IIHS have rated the 2017 Honda Civic sedan with perfect scores for crashworthiness.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra came close but scored a 9.3 for safety, with four out of five stars for frontal crash, rollover, and overall rating from the NHTSA. It received the highest ratings in all categories from the IIHS, and was named a Top Safety Pick+.
Finally, drivers will have to dissect the reliability scores for each model. The 2017 Honda Civic received a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five for the 2017 Civic and gives its owners a three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. There are no recalls for it either. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra earns a slightly better 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power along with a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
As for recalls, there have been no recalls for the 2017 Honda Civic but there have been four recalls involving steering, air bags, and brakes for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.
Both the 2017 Honda Civic sedan and 2017 Hyundai Elantra are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Drivers report that no matter what type of driving they do, they’re impressed with the Honda Civic’s dynamic fuel economy and fast acceleration. It receives strong performance reviews for its responsive handling, smooth ride, and strong brakes. The Civic emits 158-horsepower in its 2.0-liter engine or 174-horsepower turbocharged in a 1.5-liter engine on EX-T and higher trims.
Under the hood of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra you’ll find a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission rated at 147 hp. While it didn’t rank high for its “fun factor” like the Honda Civic, it does provide a reliable day-to-day drive to work and school for its owners.
Fuel economy ranks high for customer satisfaction. The 2017 Honda Civic boasts excellent fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway with the standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. Its turbocharged models get 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.
The Elantra’s EPA-estimated mileage with a manual transmission of 26 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway is slightly bested by the automatic at 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Hyundai also offers a new Elantra Eco model, which boasts a 128-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Both vehicles are similar in comfort, style, and high-tech features. They each seat five passengers and have plenty of leg and headroom. Both vehicles offer heated front and back seats with the 2017 Honda Civic equipped with power-adjustable front seats.
The Honda Civic offers a comfortable, roomy interior filled with upscale materials. Car shoppers will be pleased to enjoy a variety of price points and trim levels. The Honda Civic LX sedan comes equipped with a rearview backup camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free smartphone connectivity, a USB port, a four-speaker stereo, remote entry, and automatic climate control. The EX trim includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The range-topping Sport Touring hatchback comes with navigation, leather seats, and a premium audio system. The Civic’s HondaLink technology includes automatic collision notification service.
Hyundai designers have taken a more conservative approach when designing the new 2017 Elantra. Its Blue Link touchscreen infotainment system is effortless and intuitive due to simply designed displays and controls. Its subscription services include an automatic collision notification service, and teen driving safety features like speed, curfew, and geo-fenced boundary alerts. Drivers and passengers will appreciate its Clean Air ionizing filter for the climate control system.
If cargo space is a main priority, choose the 2017 Honda Civic over the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The Honda Civic boasts 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space and is praised for its wide trunk opening. If you require the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, choose the EX and higher trims. The Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, came close in size with 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space and split-folding rear seats.
The 2017 Honda Civic is a fun, small, sporty sedan for any age. Its designers have improved upon previous models with a bold, aggressive face, wide stance, sophisticated body lines, long wheelbase, and unique C-shaped LED taillights that give it additional flair.
For those who are more inclined to a traditional conservative approach, the styling on the 2017 Elantra will be more to your taste. Hyundai designers have given this new model a more refined look with a wide, deep grille and boomerang LED running lights at the front.
 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
MPG ratings Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options.
2017 Civic Sedan with Honda Sensing® 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick. For more information visit IIHS.org (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)