Used Honda Civic vs Honda Accord Review

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Honda CivicHonda Accord
2.0 LBase Engine2.4 L
28/40 mpgFuel Economy (city/hwy)23/32 mpg
158 hpHorsepower185 hp
6-speed manualTransmission6-speed manual

Honda Civic vs Honda Accord Review

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The midsized Accord sedan and the smaller Civic have been two big sellers for Honda. It makes sense to look for either of these when shopping for a used car. They both have good reputation for value, reliability and durability. Honda’s tendency to offer valuable features, such as touchscreen, on basic editions often means that buyers get a lot for their used car dollar.

Awards and Public Perception

If you check out the 10 Longest Lasting Cars of the Road compiled by Autobytel, you will find both the Honda Accord and the Honda Civic. That is good news for used car buyers who want to get a durable product. The Accord has earned Best Resale Value and Best buy from Kelley Blue Book. For 35 years, Car and Driver has named the Accord to one of its 10Best. The Honda Civic won 2016 North American Car of the Year and In the last seven years, the Honda Civic often was number one by the automotive critics at U.S. News and World Report. Both cars benefit from Honda’s high rankings among automotive companies.


The original Civic came to the U.S. in the early 1970s as a two-door coupe and then a three-door hatchback. In its early years, it gained a reputation for fuel economy and reliability that has rarely faltered. Once classified as a subcompact, the Honda Civic grew over time into a compact. Now in its tenth generation, the Civic has outgrown its classification, gaining a designation of a small-end mid-size car. It is still priced like a small car, and that is good for consumers who are interesting in the four-door Civic. The line up is quite diverse with Civic sedans, hatchbacks, coupes and special performance models.

When the Accord arrived in the U.S. in the 1980s, it quickly climbed to number one status among Japanese cars, and it kept that top spot for 15 years. As a result, the manufacturing moved to the U.S. to make Accords into best sellers that could beat the big American sedans. In 2012, ninth-generation Accords arrived with many of the features we now take for granted, such as dash screens and Bluetooth. Accords may be midsized but this newer generation is pushing into large sedan territory by offering more spacious seating.


Early Civics produced only 55 or 67 horsepower and newer Civics still emphasize fuel economy without sacrificing performance. for one thing, Honda keeps lightening the package. This allows the car to make more out of every horse under the hood. A new turbo engine cranks out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft. Like the Accord, the Civic is one of the segment leaders in fuel economy.

In 2008, the Accord began offering a 177-horsepower I-4. The alternative is a 271-horsepower V6. The 2012 editions benefited from new powertrains with even better fuel economy. The I4 horsepower edged up to 185, beating its rival Toyota Camry. The V6 power edged up to 278. Fuel economy is remarkably high for the class.

**MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.