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2019 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2019 Honda Civic Si
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Shoppers often compare the Civic to the Toyota Corolla, but it’s clear that the Honda wins out for its roomier interior, more refined demeanor, and better value.

The Chevy Cruze now offers active safety tech and has a polished feel, although it can be expensive with options.

Mazda’s 3 rivals the Civic for behind-the-wheel fun.

The VW Golf sets the class standard for refinement, if not excitement—except in thrilling GTI and Golf R guise.

Don’t discount the Hyundai Elantra, which is priced well and drives with more verve than you may expect.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen2019 Volkswagen Golf
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Quick Specs
6.5
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
5.4
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.
5.7
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
6.8
The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.
5.3
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a fun choice as a hatchback, but we’d skip the sedan in favor of its competitors.
6.5
The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
MSRP From     
$19,550$17,995$17,200$21,000$18,700$21,845
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
LX CVT4-Door Sedan LSE ManualFWDL CVT (GS)1.4T S Automatic
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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