The 2018 Honda Civic features great safety scores, deft handling, and a lineup of engines that offer plenty of power. These attributes help make the Civic one of the highest ranked cars in its class.
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Is the Honda Civic a Good Car?
The 2018 Honda Civic is absolutely a good car. It’s a blast to drive and has a well-equipped cabin replete with high-end materials. Braking power is strong, steering boasts excellent feedback, and ride quality is comfortable. One of the Civic’s few downsides is its tricky infotainment system. Still, that shouldn't be a deal breaker given that the Civic is a terrific value. In fact, its combination of value and quality made it a finalist for our 2018 Best Compact Car for the Money award.?
Should I Buy the Honda Civic?
Anyone looking for a well-rounded compact car should seriously consider the 2018 Honda Civic. It has a lineup of powerful engines and great fuel economy, but some rivals like the Toyota Corolla have easier-to-use infotainment systems. Still, the Civic’s attractive cabin has plenty of room for five people—so much so that you may not feel the need to look at a larger car, like the Honda Accord.
Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Civic?
Honda did not make any notable changes to the Civic for 2018. This generation started with the 2016 Civic, so if you're open to buying a used car, you may want to consider buying a virtually identical 2016 or 2017 model to save thousands of dollars. Just be aware that the sport-tuned Civic Si and high-performance Civic Type R models for this generation didn't debut until 2017.
To do more research on used Civics in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016 and 2017 Honda Civic. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn more about savings on used vehicles.
We Did the Research for You: 40?Reviews Analyzed
We’ve analyzed 40?Honda Civic reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision. This 2018 Honda Civic review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2018 model years.
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How Much Does the Honda Civic Cost?
The 2018 Honda Civic sedan starts at $18,940. Civic hatchback and coupe models are priced slightly higher, at $20,150 and $19,350, respectively. The base trim includes features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port. Competitors like the Kia Soul ($16,200) start at a much lower price and come with similar standard features, but the Civic with an optional continuously variable automatic transmission ($800) offers Honda Sensing in the base trim for $1,000 in sedan and hatchback models. Honda Sensing adds features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. To get similar features in the Soul, you’d spend $5,660 more than you would on the Civic sedan.
For specific prices and features for each trim level, look at the "Which Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?" section below. Check out our?U.S. News Best Price Program?for great savings at your local Honda dealership. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our?Honda deals page.
Honda Civic Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Honda Accord?
The Honda Accord is a midsize car and has more passenger room and cargo space than the compact ?Civic. That’s not a knock against the Civic’s spacious interior, though. The Accord is also fully redesigned for 2018; it comes with a larger standard infotainment screen (7 inches vs. 5 inches) and an extra USB port. The Accord features the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety technology, including collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Additionally, the Accord has a higher predicted reliability rating than the Civic. While the Accord belongs to a larger class and is an awesome car in its own regard, the Civic costs about $4,600 less. You could choose a higher Civic trim level and/or add packages or extra features for the same money you would spend on an Accord. The Civic is available in a few body styles, as well as some performance-oriented versions. If you truly need the extra room that the Accord offers, go for it. Otherwise, the Civic is a good—and less expensive—alternative.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?
The Toyota Corolla is a consistent favorite among compact car shoppers. That’s no surprise, given the car’s high reliability rating and excellent fuel efficiency. But look at the Corolla’s place in our rankings, and you can see that the Civic is the more well-rounded option. The Corolla suffers from dull handling and weak engine power, compared to the Civic and its engaging performance. These cars have about the same base price, so the Civic is the much better choice for your money.
Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra?
The Hyundai Elantra is good all-around car, but it doesn’t quite match up to the Civic. The Hyundai’s cabin is comfortable enough to be a daily driver, but the second row could use more legroom. Likewise, the Elantra’s performance is underwhelming. None of the car’s four available engines will wow you, and handling is pretty dull. Features like driver assistance technologies are available in more Civic trims and for a lower price. The Elantra has a higher predicted reliability rating and its base trim is a couple thousand dollars less than the Civic’s, but the Honda is worth springing for.
How Many People Does the Civic Seat?
Whether you’re in the sedan, coupe, or hatchback, the 2018 Honda Civic seats five in two rows of comfortable, supportive seats. The front seats provide plenty of room for the driver and passenger. The back row is similar, but taller rear-seat passengers might wish for more headroom.
Civic and Car Seats
There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outer seats of the Civic, and there's an upper tether on the middle seat. The upper tethers are easy to locate and use, but the lower anchors are recessed too far into the seat cushions, which makes them challenging to find.
Civic Interior Quality
The Honda Civic has a well-built interior filled with quality materials, especially in higher trims.
Civic Cargo Space
If you’re looking for a compact car that doesn't skimp on cargo space, the Civic is a great option. Sedans have about 15 cubic feet of trunk space, and coupes offer roughly 12 cubic feet of space. For the most room, you’ll want the Civic hatchback, which has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 46.2 cubic feet with them down.
Civic Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The Civic comes with Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port. Higher trim levels include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, an upgraded audio system, an additional USB port, and navigation. The optional touch screen infotainment system has sensitive audio and climate controls that are slow to respond to user inputs. Fortunately, there are additional audio controls on the steering wheel and climate controls on the dashboard.
Civic Engine: Ready, Set, Go!
The Civic has plenty of get-up-and-go. Even if you stick with the base naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, you will not be disappointed. Still, the turbocharged four-cylinder is worth a look. It provides even better acceleration for a more enjoyable drive. If that isn’t enough for you, each body style has a performance-oriented model. For those looking for a sporty ride, there’s the 205-horsepower Si sedan and Si coupe, and the Type R Civic hatchback ups the ante with 306 horsepower.
Civic Gas Mileage: Some of the Best
The Civic gets great fuel economy estimates. The 2018 Civic sedan gets 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with the standard manual transmission and base engine. The automatic transmission increases city mpg by 3. The turbocharged, 174-horsepower engine with the automatic transmission gets the best rating in the lineup: 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.
Civic Ride and Handling: Lively and Composed
The front-wheel-drive Civic has a perfect combination of sportiness and comfort. Handling is secure, the ride is comfortable, there’s minimal body roll, and steering is well-weighted.
Honda Civic Reliability
Is the Honda Civic Reliable?
The 2018 Honda Civic has a predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is an average ranking.
Honda Civic Warranty
The Civic comes with a three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is typical for the class.
Civic Crash Test Results
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Civic sedan five out of five stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests culminating in a perfect five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Civic the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. The Civic also earned a top rating of Superior for its front crash prevention features.
Civic Safety Features
All 2018 Civics come with a rearview camera, and there are numerous available driver assistance features. The Honda Sensing suite adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda LaneWatch, a passenger-side blind spot camera system, is also available.
Which Honda Civic Is Right for Me?
The Civic comes in three body styles: sedan, hatchback, and coupe. The Sedan comes in five main trim levels: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring. The EX trim is your best bet. It comes with many desirable features—including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a larger 7-inch touch screen, and a moonroof—that you can't get in the base trim. It also comes standard with Honda LaneWatch.
The Civic hatchback comes in the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navigation, and Sport Touring trims. The EX trim is the best value option, and it has similar features as the EX sedan. The coupe comes in LX, LX-P, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims. To get similar features as the EX sedan and Civic hatchback, opt for the coupe EX-T trim.
For more-spirited drivers, there’s the high-performance Si sedan and Si coupe, and the Honda Civic Type R hatchback. Si models have a 205-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Civic Type R increases power output to 306 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
There's an abundance of options to choose from, so we’ve chosen five of the most popular trims to highlight.
The Honda Civic LX has a starting price of $18,940. Coupe and hatchback models start at $19,350 and $20,150, respectively. LX sedans and coupes come with a 2.0-liter 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Civic hatchbacks come with a turbocharged 174-horsepower four-cylinder engine. No matter which body style you choose, you’ll find a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 5-inch display screen, and a USB port. An automatic transmission ($800) and the Honda Sensing system ($1,000) are available.
The Honda Civic Sport ($21,750) is a hatchback-only trim. The Sport gets a more powerful 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and sporty enhancements like dual exhaust pipes, a spoiler kit, and sport pedals. Other additives include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear-seat armrest, and fog lights. A manual transmission is standard, but you can get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for $800. Honda Sensing isn’t available in this trim.
Honda Civic EX and EX-T
The Honda Civic EX starts at $21,340 for the sedan and $23,250 for the hatchback. Both the sedan and hatch come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push-button start, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a moonroof, Honda LaneWatch, and two USB ports. The EX-T trim is available as a sedan ($21,600) and a coupe ($21,700). This trim features the 174-horsepower engine and adds fog lights, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats in both body styles. An $800 CVT and a $1,000 Honda Sensing system are available.
The EX-L trim has a starting price of $24,000 for the sedan, $23,725 for the coupe, and $25,750 for the hatchback. It adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather seats. Hatchback models also come with a navigation system, and sedan and hatchback models gain a power-adjustable driver’s seat. For an additional cost, you can add the CVT and Honda Sensing.
The Honda Civic Touring comes in sedan ($26,800) and coupe ($26,425) body styles. It adds the Honda Sensing system, heated rear seats, and rain-sensing wipers. Sedan models add a power-adjustable passenger seat, and coupe models add a navigation system. The hatchback-only Sport Touring trim ($28,750) also adds a power-adjustable passenger seat and the Honda Sensing system, as well as an upgraded audio system and the 180-horsepower engine.
The Final Call
The 2018 Honda Civic should definitely be on your radar when shopping the compact car class. It has a roomy, comfortable cabin with abundant cargo space, and it returns some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Additionally, its engines have plenty of gusto, and the Civic tackles sharp twists and turns with ease. Still, some competitors have much better infotainment systems.
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