2018 Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic

If you're looking for an affordable, reliable commuter, look to the compact car class. These agile sedans and hatchbacks are perfect for navigating city streets without crashing your budget. In this comparison guide, we'll be looking at the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. We'll see which has the very best of what the compact cars have to offer.

Price: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

One of the best things about compact cars is their affordability. Hyundai doubles down on that feature, offering the Elantra's base trim for just $16,950. That's about $2,000 less than the cheapest Honda Civic. And that trend continues throughout the trims. At the top-tier trim level, the Elantra is still cheaper than the Civic, by about $4,000.

Reliability: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has really made a name for themselves in reliability. For starters, their warranties often last almost twice as long as those of the competition. The Elantra is no exception. This Hyundai comes with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Honda offers only a three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. On top of that, JD Power gave the Elantra a higher reliability rating, 4.5 out of 5, compared to the Civic's 3.5/5. That's peace of mind for new car buyers.

2018 Hyundai Elantra On The Road

Spaciousness: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic have almost the same amount of cargo space. If you want the absolute most, get the hatchback Elantra GT. With the seats down, the Elantra offers 55 cubic feet. And the Elantra sedan has slightly more space than the Civic sedan. It's close, but the Elantra takes this one.

Cargo space isn't the only place you'll find extra roominess. The back seat of the Hyundai Elantra outdoes that of the Honda Civic as well. If you ever drive with adults or teens in the back seat, the Elantra will be far more comfortable for them than the Honda Civic.

Fuel Economy: 2018 Honda Civic

Both the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic are some of the most fuel efficient in their class. But the Civic has slightly better fuel economy. Hyundai offers the Elantra Eco, providing 32 city and 40 highway miles per gallon. And the Civic has a turbocharged engine option that gets 32 city and 42 highway miles per gallon. That's not a huge advantage, but it's there. The bottom line is that both vehicles are top of their class in terms of fuel economy.

If you want a sporty, tech-filled car, the Honda Civic is a good choice. But if you want a reliable, affordable option for your city adventuring and daily commute, the Hyundai Elantra is better overall.