Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai ELANTRA VS 2013 Honda Civic Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Hyundai ELANTRA

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2013 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Honda Civic:

Elantra Sedan




5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

243/604 lbs.

405/545 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

536/91 lbs.

594/231 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Honda Civic:

Elantra Sedan



5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat


4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

339 G’s

348 G’s

Hip Force

454 lbs.

625 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

70 G’s

73 G’s

Hip Force

410 lbs.

882 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Hip Force

832 lbs.

878 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Elantra Sedan comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Civic’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Elantra Sedan comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Hyundai will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Sedan 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Civic. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Civic ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Civic’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Elantra Sedan has a standard 550 amp battery. The Civic’s 410 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (148 vs. 140) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (131 vs. 128) than the Civic’s 1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is faster than the Honda Civic (manual transmissions tested):

Elantra Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.6 sec

As tested in Popular Mechanics the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is faster than the Honda Civic (automatics tested):

Elantra Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.1 MPH

81.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Elantra Sedan Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Manual (28 city/38 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Elantra Sedan’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:

Elantra Sedan


Front Rotors

11 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

7.9” drums

The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Civic. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Elantra Sedan stops much shorter than the Civic:

Elantra Sedan


60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Elantra Sedan has larger standard tires than the Civic (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Civic (215/45R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Elantra Sedan GLS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic LX/HF’s standard 65 series tires. The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Civic EX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra Sedan GLS has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Civic LX/HF. The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional 17-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Civic EX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Civic’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Civic Sedan (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Elantra Sedan is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Civic.

For better maneuverability, the Elantra Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Civic Sedan’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Elantra Sedan has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Civic uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Elantra Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Civic Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Elantra Sedan has 1 cubic foot more passenger volume than the Civic Sedan (95.6 vs. 94.6).

The Elantra Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (14.8 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

The Elantra Sedan’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX/HF’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Elantra Sedan disables the starter while the engine is running. The Civic’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Proximity Key optional on the Elantra Sedan Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Civic doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Elantra Sedan’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/HF’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Elantra Sedan offers optional extendable sun visors. The Civic doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Elantra Sedan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Civic EX-L.

The Elantra Sedan’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Civic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Civic offer available heated front seats. The Elantra Sedan Limited also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Civic.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Civic doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Elantra Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Elantra Sedan than the Civic, including $25 less for a starter, $47 less for fuel injection, $214 less for a fuel pump, $247 less for front struts, $267 less for a timing belt/chain and $119 less for a power steering pump.

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