2021 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2021 Honda Civic
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Domestic competitors have largely walked away from small cars like the Civic, what’s left is good though.

The Corolla comes in hatch or sedan body styles, and it’s a good value in either.

The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra are similarly good values, we wouldn’t hesitate with either.

The Mazda3 is the most entertaining to drive, but its hatch won’t be for everyone.

The Volkswagen Jetta is sedan-only and sturdy, although a little boring.

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The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
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The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
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With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
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The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
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The 2020 Kia Forte has the style and now the GT power to slot into any compact-car shopping list.
MSRP From     
$21,250$19,650$20,650$20,025$18,995$17,890
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
LX CVTSE IVT SULEV *Ltd Avail*2.0 FWDL CVT (SE)S ManualFE Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
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