Compare 2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

2018 Honda Civic
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2018 Hyundai Elantra
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2018 Volkswagen Jetta
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LX-P CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe LX-P CVT 30 39 $19,655 $21,150
Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi CVT 31 40 $23,914 $25,750
Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $24,840 $26,750
Civic Hatchback Sport CVT 30 36 $20,951 $22,550
Civic Hatchback Sport Manual 29 38 $20,211 $21,750
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring CVT 30 36 $26,691 $28,750
Civic Sedan EX CVT 31 40 $19,831 $21,340
Civic Sedan EX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $20,757 $22,340
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT 32 42 $22,294 $24,000
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT w/Honda Sensing 32 42 $23,220 $25,000
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT w/Navigation 32 42 $23,220 $25,000
Civic Sedan EX-T CVT 32 42 $20,905 $22,500
Civic Sedan EX-T CVT w/Honda Sensing 32 42 $21,831 $23,500
Civic Sedan EX-T Manual 31 42 $20,164 $21,700
Civic Sedan LX CVT 31 40 $18,350 $19,740
Civic Sedan LX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $19,276 $20,740
Civic Sedan LX Manual 28 40 $17,609 $18,940
Civic Sedan Touring CVT 32 42 $24,886 $26,800
Civic Si Coupe Manual 28 38 $22,386 $24,100
Civic Si Coupe Manual w/High Performance Tires 28 38 $22,571 $24,300
Civic Type R Touring Manual 22 28 $32,200 $34,700
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ECO 1.4T DCT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra ECO 1.4T DCT 32 40 $19,834 $20,550
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $21,078 $22,100
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $21,078 $22,100
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic 29 38 $17,377 $17,950
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic SULEV 29 38 $17,377 $17,950
Elantra SE 2.0L Manual 26 36 $16,432 $16,950
Elantra SEL 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $18,227 $18,850
Elantra SEL 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $18,227 $18,850
Elantra Sport 1.6T Automatic 26 33 $21,940 $22,900
Elantra Sport 1.6T Manual 22 30 $20,906 $21,800
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $19,172 $19,850
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $19,172 $19,850
Elantra GT Automatic 24 32 $19,543 $20,350
Elantra GT Manual 23 31 $18,603 $19,350
Elantra GT Sport Automatic 26 32 $23,303 $24,350
Elantra GT Sport Manual 22 29 $22,269 $23,250
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta 1.4T S Automatic 28 38 $18,858 $19,645
Jetta 1.4T S Manual 28 40 $17,898 $18,645
Jetta 1.4T SE Automatic 28 38 $21,355 $22,245
Jetta 1.4T SE Manual 28 40 $20,395 $21,245
Jetta 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Automatic 28 38 $20,491 $21,345
Jetta 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Manual 28 40 $19,531 $20,345
Jetta 1.8T SE Sport Automatic 24 33 $22,315 $23,245
Jetta 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $25,195 $26,245
Jetta 2.0T GLI DSG 24 33 $28,362 $29,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,655
$19,834
$18,858
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,150
$20,550
$19,645
Monthly Payment Estimate
$353 / month
$343 / month
$327 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.5
6.8
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback to the fold and makes a more compelling case as a compact contender in a value-packed segment. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is a competent, comfortable sedan, but it’s light on personality and feels a little old against fresh-faced rivals.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 32 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
39 mpg 40 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
34.5 37.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 55.3 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.2 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.6 95.8 94.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 53.4 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 35.7 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
36.5 38.8 38.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 51.9 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 56.2 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
176.9 179.9 183.4
Height, Overall (in)
54.9 56.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 61.9 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3 104.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.8 70.9 70
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61.5 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.3 5.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.1 14.4 15.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes - Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 8 10
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 11 11.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 14 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 17.4 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P195/65TR15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P195/65TR15 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2775 2857 3009
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Full-Size
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
138 @ 4200 156 @ 1400 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.4 L/83 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6500 128 @ 5500 150 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 32 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
39 40 38
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.53 - 0.41 3.81 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.68 4.12 3.23
Trans Type
1 7 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.71 5.10 3.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.07 1.14
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.88 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.96 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 0.85
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.26 2.51
Summary
Body Style
Coupe Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Coupe Hyundai Elantra Volkswagen Jetta
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 5.0 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 550 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 130 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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