Compare 2011 Volkswagen Golf vs 2011 Honda Civic

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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,297 $23,225
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,930 $23,885
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,353 $24,325
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,986 $24,985
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4-Door Manual DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,387 $15,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,121 $16,405
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,176 $17,555
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,910 $18,355
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $18,056 $19,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,790 $20,405
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $20,212 $21,955
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,441 $22,205
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,624 $22,405
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,624 $22,405
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $22,046 $23,955
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,275 $24,205
4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,571 $15,805
4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $15,259 $16,555
4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,305 $16,605
4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,993 $17,355
4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,359 $17,755
4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,910 $18,355
4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $17,093 $18,555
4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,643 $19,155
4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $18,056 $19,605
4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,790 $20,405
4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $20,212 $21,955
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,624 $22,405
4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,624 $22,405
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,808 $22,605
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $22,046 $23,955
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,459 $24,405
4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $24,021 $25,490
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT 40 43 $22,041 $23,950
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather 40 43 $23,142 $25,150
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi 40 43 $23,876 $25,950
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather 40 43 $24,976 $27,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$14,571
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$15,805
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$263 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale feel that's a notch above competitors; the TDI diesel gets exceptional, hybrid-like fuel economy. The 2011 Honda Civic is still a standout for its perky driving feel and responsiveness, but in most other respects it's no longer so impressive.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 51.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 90.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 51.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 69.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 177.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 1.0 10.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.5 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.70
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 13.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 ft 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2630
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 6.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 128 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 140 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.95
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.14
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.24
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.87
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.29
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Honda Civic Sdn
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.39
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6.7 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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