First introduced in 1972, the 2-door Honda Civic was an adequate choice for drivers wanting a compact car with a decent amount of space—it was nothing spectacular, but it got the job done. It’s probably safe to say now, looking back, very few would’ve imagined the legacy that this legendary Honda nameplate created for itself. From its history in racing to its heavy presence in the modification community, to a plethora of pop culture references and movie appearances, the Honda Civic is as much a part of automobile trivia as any other vehicle to put four tires on the road.
If all of the culture and history behind the Civic isn’t enough to get you excited about driving one, let’s look at the most modern iterations. Available as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback, the 2020 Honda Civic is a smart, surprisingly spacious, and (as-usual) speedy choice offering industry-leading efficiency at an always affordable price tag. The question isn’t “why should you buy a Honda Civic,” but rather, “which Honda Civic is right for you?” With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at why you should buy a Honda Civic sedan, coupe, or hatchback.
Is the Honda Civic reliable?
While reliability is quite the subjective topic, there’s a reason why you see so many older Hondas on the road still. Chief among them is the Civic, due to both its reliability and universal appeal. One of the most popular and best-selling models of all time, you’re almost certain to find a pre-owned Civic in our used vehicle department. As vehicles get more and more complex, it becomes harder to work on them yourself, although if you’re mechanically inclined you can always order parts and accessories for your Civic from our dealership. Of course, the best way to ensure that your Honda Civic retains its reliability the brand is known for is to stick with the suggested service schedule found in the owner’s manual—and there’s no better place to do so than at our Edmonton service department!
Comparing the 3 Honda Civic Styles
Below we look at a few important similarities and differences between the three 2020 Honda Civic styles, all in the LX* trim:
|Model||Civic Sedan LX||Civic Coupe LX||Civic Hatchback LX|
|Base engine||2.0L 16-valve DOHC i-Vtec 4-cylinder||2.0L 16-valve DOHC i-Vtec 4-cylinder||1.5L 16-valve DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder|
|Base transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|City Fuel Economy (L/100 km)||9.3||9.6||8.0|
|Highway Fuel Economy (L/100 km)||6.5||6.7||6.2|
|Max. Cargo Capacity (L)||428||343||1,308.2 (seats down)|
* It’s important to note that these details can change, depending on a number of choices like engine, transmission, and drivetrain.
** Note that this is the starting price, and will change with added features and packages.
Which Honda Civic is right for you?
While all of the different Honda Civic models and trims share strong performance, smart features, and excellent value, each model is unique and offers different benefits for different drivers. Below, we break down which one may be right for you.
The Honda Civic Sedan might be right for you, if . . .
. . . you’re pragmatic, and enjoy the best of both worlds. The Civic Sedan offers great fuel economy, just a little less than the Civic Coupe, and a lot of interior space—just less than the hatchback. Perfect if you find yourself driving lots, only with more people than cargo, the Honda Civic Sedan is an excellent choice from the Honda Civic lineup.
The Honda Civic Coupe might be right for you, if . . .
. . . you want to be a bit more in-tune with your Civic driving experience. While it shares the same engine—therefore, the same horsepower and torque—as the Civic Sedan, the smaller size and weight of the Civic Coupe leads it to being both quicker and more efficient. And what it lacks in cargo space, it more than makes up for with sporty styling.
The Honda Civic Hatchback might be right for you, if . . .
. . . you need cargo space (and a lot of it)! With the seats down or up, the Civic Hatchback has more cargo space than either the Coupe or Sedan, featuring a max cargo volume of 727.7 and 1,308.2 litres, respectively. The Civic Hatchback doesn’t shy away when it comes to performance either, with the most horsepower and torque between the three models.
Whether you choose the Civic Coupe, Sedan, or Hatchback, you’re sure to get a quality Honda vehicle that’ll last you for years—not to mention take you on a few adventures along the way. If you want to learn more about any of the Honda models (Civic or otherwise), their technology, and how they compare to the competition, Alberta Honda has you covered. And if you’ve made up your mind, are ready to get behind the wheel of this classic car, then just contact us to get a test drive scheduled!