Honda Civic vs. Honda Accord: Fuel Efficiency

December 15th, 2017 by

2018 Honda Civic

Wondering which sedan will save you on fuel costs? See how the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Honda Accord compare:

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Accord

EPA Estimated MPG (City) 31 MPG* 30 MPG*
EPA Estimated MPG (Highway) 40 MPG* 38 MPG*
EPA Estimated MPG (Combined) 34 MPG* 33 MPG*

As you can see, both vehicles offer excellent efficiency numbers, but the Civic comes out slightly ahead.

What Makes the Civic More Efficient Than the Accord?

On paper, the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Accord are similar vehicles, with both offering the following advantages in the base trim:

  • 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Seating for up to 5
  • Folding Rear Seat

However, the Accord is a mid-size sedan, and is therefore larger than the compact Civic:

  • 2018 Civic LX
    • Headroom (Front) – 39.4 inches
    • Headroom (Rear) – 37.1 inches
    • Legroom (Front) – 42.3 inches
    • Legroom (Rear) – 37.4 inches
    • Hiproom (Front) – 53.7 inches
    • Hiproom (Rear) – 47.3 inches
  • 2018 Accord LX
    • Headroom (Front) – 39.5 inches
    • Headroom (Rear) – 37.3 inches
    • Legroom (Front) – 42.3 inches
    • Legroom (Rear) – 40.4 inches
    • Hiproom (Front) – 55.3 inches
    • Hiproom (Rear) – 55 inches

In nearly every category, the Accord provides more room than the Civic.

Compare Civic vs. Accord Engines

When it comes to standard performance, both vehicles are equipped with efficient 4-cylinder engines, which might seem similar on the surface. However, the Accord’s engine offers more power than the Civic in the base trim:

2018 Civic LX 2018 Accord LX
Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder 1.5L 4-Cylinder
Horsepower 158 hp 192 hp
Torque 138 lb-ft 192 lb-ft
Turbocharged No Yes

That extra power makes the Accord a better choice for Chicagoland drivers who value performance over efficiency.

Explore the Civic and the Accord Today

At Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake, we’re excited to introduce you to these two models, and our sales team can help you decide which one is best for you and your family. Before you arrive, apply for financing online to get preapproved for a great interest rate, or schedule a test drive to reserve time in the Civic or Accord. Our showroom is located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, just a short drive from Barrington, so visit us today!

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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