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Honda has always offered great options within its lines of vehicles from performance to aesthetics and the Civic and Accord are no exceptions. As some of the most popular and affordable vehicles on the road, the Civic and Accord comes with a plethora of amenities and features. Honda also keeps in-line with some of the best safety ratings in this class. Several of these models have also earned great ratings from J.D. Power, adding to the list of reasons to buy. Let’s take a closer look at what the Civic and Accord have to offer and determine the best option for you and your family.
An Introduction to the Honda Civic
The 2019 Civic comes as a sporty, front-drive compact car with a newly upgraded exterior, according to US News. Features include a Sport trim and a physical volume knob for the touch screen. In an effort to increase their safety ratings across all vehicles, Honda now includes their Sensing Suite with advanced driver assistance aids as a standard feature in the Civic. The 2019 Civic models were also on our list of best new sedans of 2019-2020.
An Introduction to the Honda Accord
The 2019 Accord is Honda’s five-seat midsize sedan that US News awarded their 2019 Best Midsize Car for Families to. The newest line of Accords come with a fairly recent redesign that includes more fuel-efficient options. Similar to the Civic, it comes with a competitive list of standard safety features. The 2019 Accord also earned a 5/5 rating in our review.
Engine Specs and Miles Per Gallon
Both the 2019 Accord and Civic, according to Walla Walla Valley Honda, come with some of the most competitive engine specs in this class. In fact, both vehicles come with a four-cylinder engine, however, the Accord’s is larger. It’s a more capable 192-horsepower engine that can accelerate faster and manage heavier loads, making it a preferred option for large families.
Walla Walla Valley Honda also says that while it may be smaller, the Civic sedan has a more fuel-efficient standard engine and a lower starting price.
With a turbocharged 1.5L I-4 engine, the Accord sedan comes with 192 pound-feet of torque according to Walla Walla Valley Honda. All trims are also capable of about 38 miles per gallon on the highway. Alternatively, the Civic’s standard 2.0L I-4 engine produces 158-horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Its trims earn up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway.
AutoGravity says that the Civic’s six-speed manual transmission comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) option. The Accord, however, with its turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, also comes with a CVT. Additionally, the Accord comes with the available option of a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Those seeking hybrids should try the Accord which earns almost 50 miles per gallon according to Kelley Blue Book. The 2019 Honda Accord hybrid is a sporty vehicle with turbo and 6-speed manual options. It also comes with exceptional safety and driver-assistance features as well as a large amount of trunk space.
When it comes to performance, the Honda Civic is widely praised by US News and others for its precise handling and world-class driving dynamics. It’s generally a pleasure to drive and easily maneuverable in tight spaces. The Accord offers a well-rounded experience, but it’s neither as engaging nor as sporty as the Civic.
US News says that J.D. Power awarded the 2019 Civic with a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. The 2019 Honda Accord earned an average rating of three out of five, making it the preferred option in this category.
The 2019 Honda Civic received top marks in all crash tests according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), says US News. It also earned a Superior rating for the included crash prevention technology but received poor marks for its headlights. The IIHS made Accord its 2019 Top Safety Pick, however that only goes to the models with specific headlight options.
Interior Volume, Cargo Space, and Amenities
AutoGravity says that both Accord and Civic sedans can easily seat up to five occupants. Those who travel frequently or need the extra space can really benefit from the Accord’s spacious cargo capacities. It can accommodate up to 16.7 cubic feet of luggage. In contrast, the 2019 Honda Civic sedan only fits around 5.1 cubic feet of cargo. However, the Civic comes in a hatchback model that provides additional space.
The Accord and Civic sedans feature a wide array of standard amenities, says Walla Walla Valley Honda. Some of the most noteworthy include:
- 160-watt four-speaker sound system
- rearview camera
- auxiliary audio input jack
- variable assisted steering
US News says the Civic and Accord differ in their display screens. The 2019 Accord comes with a standard 7-inch display screen while the 2019 Civic’s screen is only a 5-inch screen. They both falter when it comes to smartphones as neither comes with app integration as standard.
All Civic variants except the Type R, according to AutoGravity, seat five people comfortably. The Type R model only seats four. In contrast, the 2019 Accord seats five individuals with adult-sized seats in all rows.
Concerning the price war, the Civic LX Sedan starts at around $19,450, making it the most affordable option, according to Walla Walla Valley Honda. The Accord LX sedan starts at a slightly higher $23,720.
The Accord and Civic are both affordable vehicle options, but Civic wins in overall affordability across all models, says US News. There’s nearly a $4000 difference between the most affordable models of the two options.
Which Vehicle Is Best For You?
Both the Accord and Civic models come with their unique faults, says Kelley Blue Book. As it stands, the 2019 Accord doesn’t come with a V6 model or all-wheel drive option. The push-button functionality on the gear selector can also be frustrating at times. Alternatively, the 2019 Civic can easily become the pricier option with its many trims and features. There are no hybrid, diesel, or all-wheel drive options for the Civic either. Manual transmission with the turbo is also unavailable.
Kelley Blue Book explains that the 2019 Honda Accord leads in almost every midsize sedan category. Even with its versatility and economy-built functions, and wide array of trims, the Civic doesn’t compare.
Both vehicles are great options in their own right. However, when deciding which is best for you and your family, it depends more on your preferences. The Civic is more efficient and affordable while the Accord is spacious and high-performing.