2016 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2016 Honda Civic Coupe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With its bigger footprint and finer performance, the latest Honda Civic casts a much wider net across the compact and mid-size class.

If you like Civics, you probably also are shopping for a Mazda 3—and for good reason, given its handling and fuel economy and pretty, organic shape.

Its back seat is much less comfortable than the Civic's, though.

The same holds true for the Ford Focus, which also doesn't rate as highly as the Mazda in crash protection.

The Elantra's a good choice for its slick shape and plethora of features, but the driving experience is lacking, and its fuel economy isn't quite as stunning, though it's still good.

The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart share running gear and some handling attributes; we prefer the 200 with its strong V-6 and beautiful interior, but hate its rear-seat head room, while the Dart's interior is considerably less expensive-looking, and it's not offered with the six.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2016 Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could easily wear a premium label.
8.4
The 2016 Chrysler 200 stands out for style, safety, and V-6 power—but rear-seat head room is its downfall.
7.8
The 2016 Dodge Dart offers great styling, spacious interior, and good equipment set; but not all versions live up to the sporty performance (or good gas mileage) that the design might suggest.
8.4
From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, the 2016 Ford Focus remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
8.2
Not quite a hot hatch, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style.
8.4
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.
MSRP From     
$18,640$22,115$16,995$17,225$17,250$17,845
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan LX FWD4-Door Sedan SE *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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