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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Honda Civic

2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Honda Civic
2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Honda Civic
  Optional N/A
  $17,150 $18,740
  5 yr. / 60,000 mi. 3 yr. / 36,000 mi.

2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Honda Civic

Serving Carmel, Fishers, and Indianapolis, IN

The Honda Civic is one of the oldest and most prestigious nameplates in the compact car sector. And it has been able to be a perennial top-seller for its envied combination of reliability, fuel efficiency, performance, and sportiness. However, in recent years, other compact cars have been catching up with the Civic—and, in some cases, surpassed it. One of such vehicles is the Hyundai Elantra, which enters the 2017 model year with a recent redesign and the addition of a fuel efficiency-oriented trim called the ECO. Although the 2017 Honda Civic also sports a recent redesign, it’s not enough to overtake the 2017 Elantra in three key areas.


Both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Honda Civic offer a range of engine choices that enable you to max out in terms of acceleration ability. For 2017, Honda added a hatchback variant to join the Civic’s sedan and coupe body styles. The top-level engine on the Civic—the turbocharged 1.5-liter L15B7 inline 4-cylinder (I4)—produces the most output on the hatchback’s Sport trim level: 180 horsepower, as well as up to 177 lb-ft of torque (if paired with a 6-speed manual transmission). Similarly, the Elantra’s top-level engine is turbocharged and exclusive to the Sport. However, the engine—a 1.6-liter I4 named Gamma T-GDI—produces 21 more horsepower (201) and 18 more lb-ft of torque (195).


The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a more impressive reliability rating than the 2017 Honda Civic. The rating comes from industry-renowned research firm J.D. Power, which assigns an overall rating of a car’s projected reliability by evaluating its reported issues during customers’ first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power gives the 2017 Elantra 4 ½ Power Circles out of a possible 5, thus signifying that it is among the best vehicles in its class. Although the Civic has held a reputation for being reliable, this edition gets 3 ½ Power Circles, which isn’t bad, but ultimately deems it a bit above-average, and definitively places it below its Hyundai counterpart.


Considering its aforementioned advantages, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a steal price-wise. The starting MSRP for a base-level model is $17,150. That’s $1,590 less than the starting MSRP for a base-level Civic, which, coincidentally, is the four-door sedan body style. (The Elantra is only available as a four-door sedan.) Also, consider that the 2017 Elantra leads the compact car segment with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; the 2017 Civic comes with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also, while the Elantra has a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, the Civic is covered as a new vehicle for three years or 36,000 miles.

Convinced that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the right car for you to test drive, rather than the 2017 Honda Civic? At our Hyundai dealership, we take great pride on having served the residents of the Indianapolis metro area since we opened our doors in 1966. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with a member of our customer service staff.

* MSRP excludes destination charges, tax, title, and license fees. Destination charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost.