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2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic

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$20,000 — $28,950 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
29-36 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Turbo engine performance, especially in Type R
  • Handling
  • Lots of useful storage spaces
  • Gas mileage
  • Materials quality
  • Cargo room (hatchback)

The Bad

  • Base engine drone while accelerating
  • Middle rear-seat comfort
  • Muted exhaust sound (Type R)
  • Type R only seats four
  • Touchscreen multimedia system's menus
  • No tuning knob
2020 Honda Civic exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Honda Civic
  • Subtle styling updates for 2020 (hatchback)
  • Honda Sensing suite of active safety features standard
  • Sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles
  • Sport trim level for coupe, sedan and hatchback
  • Five-seat compact car
  • Performance Si and Type R versions available

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2020 Honda Civic Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What's the best compact sedan for 2020? Watch the video to find out.

What Is the 2020 Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic is a front-drive compact car available in sedan, coupe and four-door hatchback body styles. It competes with the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. The sedan and coupe have a standard 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 174-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The regular hatchback comes only with the 1.5-liter engine.

For performance-minded drivers, Honda sells Si and Type R versions of the Civic. The Si model is available in sedan and coupe form and features a 205-hp version of the turbo 1.5-liter engine. The ultra-performance Type R comes only as a hatchback with four seats and is powered by a 306-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered for the Si and Type R, but regular Civics can also have a continuously variable automatic transmission.

What’s New on the 2020 Honda Civic?

The Civic hatchback gets updated front and rear styling as well as revised dashboard trim and extra sound insulation. Sport versions of the hatchback get push-button start and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, while EX versions add a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather shift knob. The high-end Sport Touring version is now available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The Civic Si, meanwhile, also gets exterior styling updates as well as a revised final-drive ratio for quicker responses. There are also new 18-inch matte-black wheels and red interior accents on the seats and instrument panel. The Honda Sensing suite of active safety features is also standard for the Si. Honda has not announced any changes to the Type R as of this writing.

What Features in the 2020 Honda Civic Are Most Important?

Standard Honda Sensing adds a lot of worthwhile active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and automatic high-beam headlights. Stepping up to the Sport trim brings the Display Audio touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Moving to the EX trim brings Honda’s useful LaneWatch system, which uses a camera in the passenger-side mirror to help you keep an eye on things on the right side of the car, such as cyclists in a bike lane.

2020 Honda Civic Vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla: How Do They Compare?

Though both compact cars offer room for up to five people, the Civic and Corolla have different strengths. Both offer a lot of standard safety features and excellent fuel economy. The Civic is more fun to drive with better performance and handling, though the gap isn’t as wide as it once was. It also comes in three body styles to the Corolla’s two. If you’re looking for ultimate efficiency, however, the Corolla is available in hybrid form, and this version returns an impressive 52 mpg combined, according to the EPA.

Should I Buy the 2020 Honda Civic?

Even lower trim levels of the Civic deliver an engaging driving experience, and the high-output Type R ratchets the driving fun up considerably. It’s worth looking at the turbo 1.5-liter engine over the base 2.0-liter because it offers better performance and gas mileage.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
133 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I just bought this vehicle.

by RobertK from Torrance, Ca on October 23, 2020

My early impression was that I liked the style of the car. Once I test drove it I was equally impressed with its power and handling ability. Time will tell me about the car's reliability, but I ... Read full review

(5.0)

love this car, love the screen

by Angie from Raleigh, NC on October 20, 2020

love driving this car, first time getting a car with such a large screen. I have to say that was a huge factor in getting this car. it looks cool and customizable. And of course I love my moon roof ;)... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Honda Civic currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Honda Civic LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Civic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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