Both 2015 Hyundai Elantra and 2015 Honda Civic are part of the entry level sedan segment but also are available as hatchbacks. These two represent one of the best choices in these market segments and are direct rivals so we are bringing comparison so that potential buyers could see benefits and flaws of those models.
The Hyundai Elantra line of cars is compact cars from Hyundai, a South Korean manufacturer which were first manufactured in early 1990s. Compared to the 2014 model, the 2015 Elantra has not changed much. The only subtle change is in the interior and exterior design. The 2015 Honda Civic is a subcompact car manufactured by Honda. The 2015 Civic is a fifth generation car in the civic line of models which is meant to be unveiled late 2014. Compared to its predecessors, it is a radical performance model which designers call a racing car for the road. When you put these cars head to head, the Civic is faster, more powerful and comfortable to drive around and very efficient when it comes to fuel economy.
2015 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2015 Honda Civic
When it comes to horse power, the Honda Civic wins by a long margin. It is powered by a direct injected turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that is capable of delivering 276bhp and 400Nm of torque while Elantra sport sedan will have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 173bhp and 154 pound-feet of torque. Test drives of the prototype have shown that the Honda is quicker and efficient, capable of going from 0-62mph in around six seconds. We cannot say the same for the Hyundai which compared to the Civic seams to crawl.
Other versions that are not so sporty will be coming with 1.8L engines and a six-speed manual transmission which will be standard and an optional six-speed automatic. More powerful Elantra brings 2.0 liter naturally aspirated unit while the reports suggest that the Civic will also come with 2.4 liter inline four naturally aspirated unit again.
The 2015 Hyundai Elantra is not very efficient in preserving fuel. The SE sedan with its 1.8 liter engine returns 28/38 city/highway with automatic transmission and 27/37/31 with the manual transmission. The 2.0 liter rates 24/35/28 with automatic and 24/34/28 with manual. The exact fuel consumption of the Honda is not available at this point but we do expect it to return 31/41 mpg in city highway drive conditions when equipped with smaller engine.
Prices of the Hyundai Elantra sedan are expected to start from less than $18,000, the coupe and the GT will be higher but not exceeding $2,000 more. The Honda Civic will be available at more than $18,000 which makes the Elantra a good option if you have limited funds. Just like always higher trim levels will cost more but we will be getting more equipment. The exact release dates of these cars is not available but you can expect them to be launched late 2014 with an on sale date at some point in 2015.
Civic And Elantra Comparison
In this head to head, The 2015 Civic wins with little competition from the Elantra. It is faster, stronger and more efficient when equipped with smaller engine. On the other hand, with its limited power, the Elantra is worth its price tag and its specifications should be ideal for most people.