2010 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Civic’s historical rival has been the Toyota Corolla, but in recent redesigns the Corolla has become larger and less sporty.

For those who enjoy driving, the Mazda3 is still the best handling choice in this class, and though its powertrain isn’t quite as great as the one in the Civic, it’s fast.

Yet another good choice is the new Kia Forte; it’s certainly more enjoyable to drive than the soft Corolla, without giving up much if any refinement, and it has an interior that comes across as upscale and very well appointed.

If you can get past the ungainly styling of the Ford Focus, it’s worth considering for interior comfort, along with features like Ford's SYNC entertainment and hands-free phone controller.

If you’re a more comfort-oriented shopper, you should take a look at the Hyundai Elantra, which isn’t as much fun to drive but feels a step above in refinement.

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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Honda Civic has a level of sophistication and refinement not possessed by most other small car models, with good safety and overall frugality. But if you like to carry cargo or backseat passengers, you can do better.
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
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4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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