2016 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2016 Honda Civic

Car enthusiasts shopping for luxurious compact sedans may be torn between the 2016 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Honda Civic. A cursory comparison of the vehicles may indicate that the cars are more or less the same, but this is far from the truth. The stock 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a lot more to offer compared to the Honda Civic, making it the wise choice when shopping. These are just a few of the details that make the Hyundai superior to the Honda.

Design & Style

The Hyundai boasts a bolder and more aggressive design compared to the Honda, but does not come across as too brash. The Elantra’s design is often described as bold and swoopy. One would think that an exterior design that has multiple bulges and creases would look juvenile, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra actually looks mature. The fact that it won the 2016 International Design Award is testament to this.

The Hyundai’s interior has an air of sophistication and elegance, with the use of high quality materials as well as excellent build quality. Trim levels available include wood and leather, giving drivers more choice on how they want their cars’ interior to feel and look like. All the tech features including the dashboard screen and steering wheel buttons are intuitively designed, so you will find it easy to get used to the car. The 2016 Honda Civic is a definite upgrade from the previous iteration, but it’s still no match for the Hyundai.

Technology & Safety

The base Hyundai Elantra ships with a host of technological features including a backup camera, heated seats, automatic climate control and more. Of note is the fact that none of the technologies are gimmicks; all of them serve a purpose to make driving easier, or to improve passenger comfort. The Honda Civic has an impressive array of tech features as well, including automatic climate control, a rearview mirror and Bluetooth connectivity. However, these features seem to work better in the Hyundai compared to the Honda.

In terms of safety, you and your loved ones would be better off in the Hyundai rather than the Honda. While the Honda has standard features such as pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control to keep you safe, the Hyundai’s array of safety features includes all these and more. Some of the other safety features you will find in the Hyundai include side and rear airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and more. The car has also been well put together, giving it a safe structure. The Hyundai Elantra has very good NHTSA ratings, which is testament to the quality of the safety features as well as the car’s structural integrity.


The 2016 Honda Civic has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine which produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission system. The Hyundai, on the other hand, has a 2-liter engine producing 173 horsepower. Though both vehicles produce similar amounts of power, the Hyundai actually performs better on account of a more capable suspension and transmission system, as well as being lighter. The Hyundai feels light and nimble compared to the Honda, and is simply fun to drive. You also have the option of choosing other versions of the car with more or less horsepower depending on what you need.

The Bottom Line

The Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra both put up a very good case for themselves. In the end, however, the Hyundai proves to be the better car, and you would be making a wise decision by buying it.

Ready to Schedule a Hyundai Elantra Test Drive Today?

To get a feel of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra in reality, all you need to do is drop by or call us at Springfield Hyundai to book a test drive. This gives you a chance to experience the quality of the Elantra. Our dealership is located at 754 Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.