New 2020 Honda Civic Sedan
Honda Civic Sedan
The 2020 Honda Civic can be a trusty, economical commuter or weekend corner-carver. Yet each variant is among the best of its kind.
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Buyers of brand-new compact cars are lucky. They have the 2020 Honda Civic as just one of several fantastic choices. There are some factors, though, that nudge the Civic a tad above cars like the Mazda3, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta sedan, Volkswagen Golf hatchback and the new-for-2020 Toyota Corolla.
One thing is resale values, where the Civic excels. Rock-solid reliability is another. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also makes it a Top Safety Pick. It all adds up to an impressive package that has won KBB.com’s Small Car Best Buy award for five consecutive years.
The 2020 Civic comes in sedan, hatchback and coupe form. Models span from a sensible LX to a blazing 306-horsepower Type R, with a mildly sporty Si in between.
You'll Like This Car If...
- Compact on the outside, roomy on the inside
- A reliability champ
- A resale-values champ
- Available in sedan, hatchback & coupe body styles
- Wide range of engines & trims
You May Not Like This Car If...
- Higher trims become pricey
- Busy styling not everyone’s cup of double espresso
- No all-wheel-drive or diesel options
What's New for 2020
- Honda Sensing driver aids now standard throughout the range
- Hatchback & Si versions receive styling tweaks inside and out
- Hatchback Sport Touring trim now offers 6-speed manual transmission
- 2020 Si receives a 6-percent shorter final-drive ratio for more responsive acceleration
- 2020 Si loses about 2 mpg because of the shorter final-drive ratio
More pragmatic versions of the 2020 Civic deliver a fine ride quality to tackle daily duties, mixed with sufficient body control to make cornering at least a little fun. Base models powered by the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine are quite energetic, especially when the 6-speed manual transmission is in the mix.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is even more pleasurable yet still easy on gas. Unfortunately, a turbocharged engine often means a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While Honda’s unit is good for a CVT, it’s still not as sporty as driving a stick.
There are two higher levels of power and handling. The first is the 205-horsepower Si, topmost is the Type R. Both come with a 6-speed manual transmission. Our main gripe with the Si is that it feels short on torque for a sporty machine. The Type R, however, is tremendous even though its focus is necessarily narrow.
Any enthusiast looking for something sane yet engaging should also check out the sublime Mazda3. But the 2020 Civic range in general has an advantage over the rest of its rivals.
Now standard in every 2020 Civic except the Type R, this array of driver aids includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road-departure mitigation, and automatic high beams. To avoid stalling, manual models do not include low-speed follow and will deactivate around 20 mph if the driver doesn’t downshift.
APPLE CARPLAY/ANDROID AUTO SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION
As we all become more connected, this feature grows in importance. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto give the driver access to navigation, music, apps and text messages through the infotainment system without having to fumble with their phone.
This generation of Civic, the 10th, has evolved the notion of a compact car to the point where virtually everything is well considered. That means ergonomics is spot-on, providing comfort and ease of use for drivers of most shapes and sizes. And the infotainment display is large and easy to read at a glance. The cabin also houses plenty of soft-touch plastics and other quality materials.
Interior space is among the best in the compact-car class. Rear legroom in the sedan is an impressive 37.4 inches. Trunk space of 15.1 cubic feet in the regular sedan is commodious, on a par with several midsize sedans. The Civic hatchback also does well with 25.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 46.2 cubic feet when they’re folded down.
Driving at night, it’s easy to tell when there’s a new Civic up ahead, the C-shaped taillight design is so distinctive. This description could apply to the Civic as a whole. The overall styling borders on manic, it’s that busy. At least it’s memorable.
The hatchback model is differentiated by its bulbous rear end, high-mounted spoiler and oversized fake vents on the rear bumper. Sport and Sport Touring hatchbacks have dual exhaust outlets, while the Si has its own cosmetic treatment. The Type R receives details a schoolboy might have drawn, including a hood scoop, three exhaust pipes and a massive rear spoiler.
Notable Standard Equipment
At its most basic, the 2020 Civic LX sedan comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, 2.0-liter engine, 16-inch steel wheels, Honda Sensing driver aids, automatic climate control, power windows/locks, folding rear seat, 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth phone/audio, USB port, and a 4-speaker sound system.
The Sport trim seems like a better place to start, bringing 18-inch alloy wheels, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition with walk-away locking, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, 7-inch infotainment touch screen, split/fold (60/40) rear seats, smartphone integration, one more USB port, and an 8-speaker audio setup.
Notable Optional Equipment
The usual Honda method of providing more equipment is to make it available in higher trims rather than offer it as extras. For example, the EX comes with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and CVT, plus LaneWatch (a kind of blind-spot-monitoring system for the passenger side), power moonroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and satellite radio. EX-L adds leather upholstery.
Most luxurious is the Touring trim, with rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, navigation, and a 10-speaker/450-watt audio system. The sedan version of the Touring also has heated rear outboard seats.
The only option for Si models is a set of summer tires and a wheel upgrade at $200, which is good value. The main option for the Type R is summer tires.
Under the Hood
In the less specialized versions of the 2020 Civic, motivation choices are either a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit or the turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making either 174 or 180 horsepower (depending on the model). A 6-speed manual transmission is standard in lower trims, replaced by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) higher up the pecking order.
The Civic Si has another version of the 1.5 turbo that develops 205 horsepower. The Type R deploys one of the most powerful production turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines to provide a wild 306 horsepower. These sportier machines require premium gasoline, but the lesser models are fine with regular.
Every 2020 Civic is front-wheel drive. The Si and Type R have a helical limited-slip differential to apply their power more effectively.
2.0-liter inline-4 (LX, Sport Sedan, Sport Coupe)
158 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
138 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (manual, sedan), 25/35 mpg (manual, Sport coupe), 30/38 mpg (automatic, sedan/LX coupe), 29/36 mpg (automatic, Sport coupe), 29/37 mpg (automatic, Sport Sedan)
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (LX hatchback, EX, EX-L, Touring sedan and coupe)
174 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/42 mpg (sedan), 31/40 mpg (coupe), 30/38 mpg (Touring sedan), 30/37 mpg (Touring coupe), 29/37 mpg (hatchback, manual), 31/40 mpg (hatchback, automatic)
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Sport, Sport Touring hatchback)
180 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,900-5,000 rpm (6-speed manual)
162 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm (CVT automatic)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/37 mpg (manual), 29/35 mpg (automatic)
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Si)
205 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
192 lb-ft of torque @2,100-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/36 mpg (manual transmission only)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Type R)
306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (manual transmission only)
The 2020 Honda Civic lineup kicks off with the LX sedan fitted with a manual transmission, whose Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,750 is added to a $930 destination charge to make $20,680. The most expensive 2020 Civic sedan is the Touring, at $28,530.
Civic coupes start off costing $1,200 more, but come with the CVT as standard. Civic hatchbacks are priced from $21,650 plus $930 (LX trim, CVT).
The 2020 Si sedan comes in at $25,930; the sportiest 2020 Civic Type R is priced from $37,230 (although some dealers are charging extra).
The Civic’s starting prices aren’t the lowest in the class (thrifty types should investigate the Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra), but they’re close to the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Civic.
No worries on the resale-values front. Like every other Honda, the Civic does a great job at retaining its worth.
Honda Civic Consumer Reviews
September 27, 2018
best car ever
just kidding it is a test I have never driven one.
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January 12, 2017
best vehicle ever
best vehicle ever
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|#2||2020 Hyundai Elantra||35|
|#3||2020 Kia Forte||33|
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|#5||2020 Honda Civic||4.4 / 5|
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