Shopping around for a new car is exciting, but there's a lot of information to sift through. Sussman Hyundai has done some of the hard work for you, resulting in this easy-to-read Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic comparison.

Below, we'll cover everything from style to safety and performance. Read on to figure out which sedan you want to pursue for your drives through the Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township, areas!

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Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic: Sporty Style

As far as sedans go, both the 2021 Elantra and 2021 Civic are two of the more stylish options out there. Each one features a rearward-sloping roof. This fastback-inspired design gives both the Elantra and the Civic a sportier look. However, the Elantra follows through with a sportier, more aggressive front grille, unlike the front grille on the Civic.

The headlights on the 2021 Elantra serve to give it even more personality, with sharp, angled lines that set this sedan apart from the lights on other cars on the road, including the Civic headlights.

The Elantra also has a trim level that adds even more bold, athletic style to its design-the N Line. It features its own unique front and rear fascia designs, chrome-tipped twin exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The exterior designs of the Civic trim levels differ from the N Line's sporty style.

Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic: Safety Features

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra also offers a couple of safety features you won't find in the 2021 Honda Civic. While the Civic does come with Honda Sensing® technologies, it doesn't include the Driver Attention Warning, a standard feature in the 2021 Elantra. Driver Attention Warning takes note of your driving patterns to sense if you're getting drowsy. It then provides warnings to let you know when to refocus on the road ahead-or take a break during your road trip.

The Elantra also comes standard with Safe Exit Assist. This system helps ensure all passengers get out of the vehicle safely by alerting you to vehicles approaching from behind-a feature not found in the Honda Civic.

The new Hyundai Elantra also offers such available features as Highway Driving Assist, which will make your daily commute a more relaxing experience. This all-in-one technology can keep you centered in your lane, traveling a safe distance behind the car in front of you, and going at a safe speed based on the highway's speed limit. Again, these features are not available in the 2021 Civic.

Read our full 2021 Hyundai Elantra review here!

A Look at the Tech Inside the 2021 Elantra vs 2021 Civic

The safety features that come with the Hyundai Elantra aren't the only tech this car features. Inside, there is an 8-inch touchscreen that can wirelessly connect to your smartphone. Just pair it through Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay®, and you'll be able to access various apps right on the display. This will allow you to safely respond to texts from friends-and put on any music you'd like to listen to.

Hyundai Elantra Technology

Honda Civic Technology

Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®

Comes Standard

Only Available in Higher Trims

Standard Infotainment Screen

8 inches

5 inches

The 2021 Civic also offers smartphone integration, but it is only available in higher trims, and you'll have to plug in your phone to connect it to its center display. You can even get additional upgrades in the 2021 Elantra that the Civic can't quite match. These include an available larger 10.25-inch center touchscreen display that can also integrate with the available 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster.

Hyundai Elantra vs Civic: Engine Specs

Hyundai Elantra Engine

Honda Civic Engine

EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG1

EPA-estimated 32 city/42 highway MPG

201 horsepower

174 horsepower

195 lb-ft of torque

162 lb-ft of torque

What kind of performance are you looking for? If it is an efficient drive, they both offer great gas mileage. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Elantra and Civic are nearly an even match. The 2021 Elantra does get an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG, while the Civic can at best get an EPA-estimated 32 city/42 highway MPG.1

If you're more interested in power, the Hyundai Elantra will be the choice for you. Its available 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Civic also has an available turbo engine, but it creates 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

Interior Dimensions of the Elantra vs Civic

Both cars also have room for five passengers, but it's the 2021 Elantra that will provide more room for everyone. In the cabin of the Hyundai Elantra, there are 99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. The 2021 Honda Civic comes with 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Hyundai Elantra Interior Dimensions

Honda Civic Interior Dimensions

Seating for 5 passengers

Seating for 5 passengers

99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume

97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume

40.6 inches of headroom

39.5 inches of headroom

38 inches of rear legroom

37.4 inches of rear legroom

You'll notice this extra space within both rows of seating. In the front row of the Elantra, there are 40.6 inches of headroom, which is over an inch more than what is found in the Honda Civic. While both also have an identical amount of front legroom, the rear seats of the 2021 Elantra provide 38 inches of legroom, while the Civic has 37.4 inches of rear legroom.

Remote Capabilities

Both vehicles come with available features that give you access to your car right from your smartphone, allowing you to remotely lock the doors from inside the grocery store if you forgot to after parking your car. They even let you remotely start the car to get it warmed up while you finish paying the check at the restaurant or getting ready for work in the morning.

The 2021 Elantra, though, lets you use your smartphone as the key to your car. With the available Digital Key, you can unlock the doors by just waving your phone near the door handle. You can also share a digital copy of the Digital Key with any friends or family, so they can get their belongings out of your car even when you aren't home. That type of convenience isn't available in the Honda Civic.

Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic: It's Your Choice

At Sussman Hyundai, we can't tell you which of these two compact cars to choose. But we can share our excitement about everything the 2021 Hyundai Elantra offers, from its upscale design and features to its overall space. We can even invite you to test drive this sporty sedan throughout the areas of Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your visit!


12021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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