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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|2016 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2016 Chrysler 200Browse Used Listings||2016 Dodge DartBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan LX FWD||4-Door Sedan SE *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Chrysler 200||2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Dodge Dart||2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Ford Focus||2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra||2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Mazda MAZDA3|