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Battle Of Sedans: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

By James Yu , Dec 24, 2016 11:20 AM EST

The competition in the auto industry grows more and more intense as automakers continue to improve their lineups. Due to this, showdowns between cars become a common way for consumers to see which vehicle they should purchase. This time, the 2017 Honda Civic takes on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra in a battle of sedans. Which one will emerge on top?

Powertrains And Fuel Economy

According to The Car Connection, the 2017 Honda Civic has two powertrains. One is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 158 horsepower paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The manual gearbox, however, is only available in the base trim LX. It has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy rating of 35/41/35 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively. The other powertrain is a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbo that delivers 174 horsepower.

Based on the same source, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower. Most will have the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, though the base model comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.The Elantra's EPA-rated fuel economy is 29/38/33 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively.   The other engine is a 1.4-liter inline-4 that cranks out 128 horsepower, matched with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission as reported.

Safety Features

Both the 2017 Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra have their own set of safety features. According to a report from US News, the 2017 Honda Civic has the Honda Sensing that allowed it to earn awards from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The Hyundai Elantra has also gained great scores from IIHS and NHTSA but it came to a notch below the scores of the 2017 Honda Civic according to reports.

Price Wars

Reports stated that the 2017 Honda Civic has a starting price of $18,640, $21,000 and $26,500 for its base, EX and Touring trims respectively. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,150 as reported.

 The Winner

The 2017 Honda Civic clearly has the upper-hand in most aspects.  Its redesigned powerful body is a stunner plus its undisputed safety features.

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