The 2016 Honda Civic vs. the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Buying a vehicle today is not as simple as it once was. The battle over your business has pushed manufacturers to developmental lengths that were previously unimaginable. Cars have become so advanced that they can actively predict accidents and protect themselves and their passengers from serious damage.

They have become extensions of smartphones, they have become environmentally friendly, yet still extremely powerful, and manufacturers have been creating some dynamic, bold designs that give each model its own unique personality.


In this time of unparalleled innovation where you are presented with a seemingly infinite wealth of options, choosing the perfect vehicle to fit your lifestyle can be an overwhelming one. Fortunately, your good friends at McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai, one of the top new Hyundai dealers near Kansas City, Missouri, have put together this handy comparison of two of the most popular mid-sized sedans in their class, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Honda Civic.


In the Red corner, we have the 2016 Honda Civic, which represents a large departure from previous years’ models in the style department. Honda has given the Civic a major facelift by accentuating muscle lines, elongating and redesigning the hood, and adding in distinctive LED headlights that pack the Civic with a sleek, sporty attitude. On the interior the available heated front and rear seats are a very nice touch to an already impressively refined cockpit.

The Civic isn’t the only wildly popular mid-size sedan to get a makeover in their most recent model year. In the Blue corner, we have the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sporting the brand new, pristine hexagonal grill, aerodynamic body shape, and available Dynamic Bending Light HID lighting system that turns your headlights with the contours of the road. The spacious interior and stylish leather seats round out this truly stunningly designed vehicle.

Edge: Push

Both vehicles are newly redesigned and offer a fresh take on the look and feel of the traditional compact car.


When it comes to performance these two vehicles are neck and neck. Both vehicles utilize an In-Line 4-cylinder engine, earning close to 35 combined city and highway miles per gallon. The Honda Civic can push out up to 174 horsepower while the Elantra touts a slightly lower 147 horsepower, yet the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

The Civic utilizes a Continuously Variable Transmission which does a great job of maximizing fuel efficiency, but the Hyundai Elantra features a Drive Mode Select that allows the driver to increase both steering and acceleration sensitivity when in Sport mode to create a truly exhilarating ride, or decrease steering and acceleration sensitivity when in eco mode to get the most out of each gallon of gas.

Edge: Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra earns the edge in the Performance department thanks to the drive mode select which puts more control in the driver’s hands and a surprisingly quiet cabin even at high speeds.


Continuing the trend of tightly contested criterion, The Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra both pack a major punch in the Tech department. Both vehicles support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, putting them at the top of the class in terms of convenience. Both also offer Bluetooth voice recognition software that allows you to call contacts in your phone without ever taking your eyes off the road.

The Honda Civic offers a remote engine start feature that is accessed on the key fob, but the Elantra partners with Blue Link to allow you to remotely start your car, set climate control and send directions to your vehicle from your smartphone or smartwatch.

Edge: Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra wins another close battle with the Honda Civic in the Tech department due to its smartphone and smartwatch compatibility coupled with the booming Infinity Premium Audio system.


When it comes to safety, the Elantra and Civic are nearly identical in their features. Both offer rearview cameras that come in handy when parking or pulling out of a parking spot, both offer lane departure warning with lane keep assist to keep you between the lines when driving at high speeds, and both offer an automatic emergency braking system that helps drivers avoid collision.

It is difficult to ask for more out of your vehicle’s safety features as the only room for improvement seems to be an autonomously driving car. These two vehicles are packed to the brim with safety features that allow you to drive with your mind at ease.

Edge: Push

With nearly identical safety features, this battle is a little too close to call. If we were nitpicking the edge may have to go to the Elantra for the inclusion of a driver’s knee airbag and dynamic bending headlights that add the smallest touch of protection that the Civic does not.

Winner: The 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Although the purchase of a vehicle is a matter of personal preference, in our experienced opinion we believe that the Elantra narrowly has proven itself a superior vehicle to the 2016 Honda Civic based on the above criteria. Both are truly amazing cars and surely at the top of their class in both innovation and popularity.mccarthy-hyundai-blue-springs

Check Out the 2017 Hyundai Elantra for yourself at McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai

Here at McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai, your home for some of the best new and used cars near Independence, Missouri, we enjoy matching people with cars that not only are going to last the test of time, but that will satisfy the every need of our customers. We are currently offering a wide range of new car specials that make your buying process as easy and affordable as possible. Stop by our showroom located at 3000 North West South Outer Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015 to speak with some of our friendly and experienced sales staff and drive home in the perfect car for your lifestyle.


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