Compare 2009 Honda Civic vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2009 Honda Civic
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Manual DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,112 $15,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $14,846 $16,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $15,901 $17,255
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,635 $18,055
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,166 $21,905
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,000 $23,905
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,296 $15,505
4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $14,984 $16,255
4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,029 $16,305
4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,717 $17,055
4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,084 $17,455
4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,635 $18,055
4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,818 $18,255
4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,368 $18,855
4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
4-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,533 $22,305
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,367 $24,305
4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $23,746 $25,190
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 40 45 $21,766 $23,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Leather 40 45 $22,867 $24,850
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi 40 45 $23,601 $25,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi & Leather 40 45 $24,701 $26,850
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,296
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,505
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Civic lineup rates well for safety, handling, and overall frugality, though those who plan to carry cargo or frequent backseat passengers should look elsewhere. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
51.0 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.9 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.9 97.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.0 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
176.7 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.7 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2630 2751
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.8 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 75
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6300 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4300 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.87 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.29 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.26
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Sdn Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.39 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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