Honda Accord vs. Honda Civic: A Driver’s Guide

August 7th, 2015 by
2014 Honda Accord CoupeDrivers considering purchasing a new Honda Accord or Honda Civic are making a wise decision. Both vehicles have been among Honda’s best-selling models since the 1970s. In fact, many people have loved these models so much that they’ve continued to upgrade to the newest version every time they’ve been in the market for another vehicle. As our guide will explain, there are a few key differences between the two models.

Body Style

While both models offer a similar look and feel, their body styles do vary. The Civic is the more compact model available in both coupe and sedan styles, and the Accord is a roomier midsize sedan. The 2015 Accord offers 15.8 cubic feet of interior space; the Civic offers 12.5 cubic feet. The biggest differences in size show in the Accord’s 2.3 more inches of rear legroom and 3.5 more cubic feet of cargo space.


The Honda Accord comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission; the Civic comes with a standard CVT automatic but is also available in a five-speed manual. Drivers will enjoy the Accord’s 2.4-liter and four-cylinder engine that maxes out at 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Compare that to the Civic’s 1.8-liter and four-cylinder engine that offers 143 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. While the Accord is more powerful than the Civic, the Civic offers better fuel economy at 39 miles per gallon on the highway. The Accord offers slightly less with 36 miles per gallon on the highway.


The 2015 model offered an upgrade to the features of the Civic. Both the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord now typically come with a rear back-up camera, the Honda Lane Watch system, steering wheel-mounted controls, map lights, a front power outlet, exterior temperature gauge, and the Honda Link infotainment system. This system allows drivers to connect their smartphones to the vehicle to play music, display navigation instructions, and answer phone calls. The Accord includes additional top-of-the-line standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, an additional power outlet, overhead console, 16-inch alloy wheels, an illuminated vanity mirror, and more.


As drivers will see, the biggest differences between the two models are in interior size, engine size/fuel economy, and luxury options. The new Honda Civic starts at $17,965 while the new Honda Accord comes with a price tag of $21,955. Both models offer fantastic options, and drivers will love their new Honda vehicles regardless of which model they drive off the lot.

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