Honda Civic 2020 Review

With a practical interior, fun driving experience, and many versions to choose from, Honda civic is a better small car than its reputation will ever suggest. 

Honda Civic front view

It offers hatchback models,  sedan, coupe, and all versions that are affordable and efficient. It comes with improved technology and safety features, not to forget the base engine and turbocharged engine that provide high power and excellent fuel economy. 

You have a choice between a six-speed manual and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). 

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It’s, therefore, safe to say that Honda Civic ranks high in the list of compact class to its excellent performance and upscale, roomy interior.


  • Robust engine options
  • Handsome cabin interior
  • Good fuel economy


  • Cumbersome touch screen

Honda Civíc Interior

How many people can a Honda civic carry?

The car seats up to four or five people depending on body style, and its cloth upholstery is standard. 

Power-adjustable front seats are available as well as heated rear and front seats. They also have leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

The seats are comfortable, well cushioned and have enough space for legs and stretching. The headspace is somewhat limited, though.

Civic and child car seats 

Honda seats have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and a single tether anchor for the middle seat. The car earned the second-highest rating for its LATCH from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The only setback is that the lower anchors are very deep in the seats.

Civic interior quality

The Civic outdoes other compact cars with its modern design and a quality cabin. Although they’re a few plastic pieces that can still be seen, it’s acceptable considering the price range. That said, many surfaces are smooth, and overall, everything feels solid.

Honda Civic Interior

Civic cargo space 

Depending on the trim, Civic has an 11.9- or 12.1-cubic-foot trunk. The sedan is quite spacious with its 15.1-cubic-foot trunk while Touring, and Si trims have a 14.7cubic foot trunk.  

Hatchbacks come with either 25.7 or 22.6 cubic feet of space behind their back seats and 46.2 cubic feet when the seats are folded. 

Civic comes with Bluetooth, USB port, 5-inch display, and a four-speaker stereo, an Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-inch touch screen, an eight, 10, or 12-speaker stereo, additional USB port, wireless phone charging, moonroof, HD radio, and satellite radio. 

Civic Bluetooth, infotainment and navigation

Regardless of the body type, Civic comes with Bluetooth, USB port, 5-inch display, and a four-speaker stereo, an Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 7-inch touch screen, an eight, 10, or 12-speaker stereo, additional USB port, wireless phone charging, moonroof, HD radio, and satellite radio. 

The touchscreen can be a bit tricky to operate, but it’s very easy to use once you understand it. If you’re not a tech person, that’s okay because it has physical controls such as a volume knob.

Civic Performance

Civic Engine: Powertrains A-Plenty

Honda Civic comes with a wide range of powertrains. The coupe and sedan come standard with a 138 pound-feet of torque, 158 horsepower a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 

You can either choose a continuously variable automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Both coupe and sedan are available in high-performance Si variants too. The Civic Si comes with a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that puts out 192 pound-feet of torque and 205 horsepower.

The hatchback has a similar turbocharged inline-four, which is optional to coupe and sedan. When outfitted with the six-speed manual, it makes 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

The hatchback’s Type R model makes 295 pound-feet of torque and 306 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. The Type R and Si come with a six-speed manual transmission only. 

While a few buyers complained about the car’s naturally aspirated base engine, Civic has a high acceleration with the turbocharged powertrains. Although both transmissions are great, critics say that the manual version is more engaging.

Civic Gas Mileage

Honda Civic has an EPA -estimated 36-37 mpg on the highway and 26-29 mpg in the city when outfitted with the manual transmission. The highest hatchback estimate with the CVT is 40 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. All these are stellar ratings in this category.

Honda Civic has an EPA -estimated 36-37 mpg on the highway

Civic Ride and Handling

The Honda Civic brings out the sporty handling vibe and sharp steering, which makes it fun to drive. It’s easy and comfortable to ride on many roads. Front-wheel drive is standard. 

Civic reliability

Is Honda civic reliability?

J.D. Power gives the Honda 2020 Civic predicted reliability score of three out of five, which is average.

Honda Civic

Honda civic warranty

Honda covers the 2020 Civic model with a 36000-mile basic/three-year and a 5000 mile/five-year powertrain warranty.

Civic safety

Civic trash test results

Honda Civic 2020 got a perfect five-star score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, all body types scored five stars in rollover tests and side crashes. Hatchbacks and Sedans scored a five in crash tests too, although coupes got four stars.

Civic 2020 also received the same results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The model also received a good score in all crash rates and the highest score in the effectiveness standard suite of front crash prevention features. Yet, civic scored the lowest score on how well it illuminates the road.

Civic safety features

Standard safety features in the basic Civic include an automatic high-beam headlight, a rearview camera, a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, a road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Honda LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring is available too.


Is the Honda Civic a great car?

It’s an excellent compact car. It’s available as a hatchback, coupe, and a sedan. Irrespective of the body type that you choose, you’ll get a spirited, agile car with a good fuel economy and an upscale cabin. 

Which Honda Civic model should I buy?

Civic comes in three body types: a four-door sedan, a two-door sedan, and a four-door hatchback.

The hatchback comes in trim levels, namely: Sport Touring, EX-L, EX, Sport and LX., while coupe models come in the same trims as the minus EX-L and sedan models. 

The high-performance Civic Si is available in both coupe or sedan. The hatchback’s performance-oriented trim is known as the Type-R.

Although there are overlaps between trim names, the civic models come in different body styles. The coupe and sedan come with a 158-horsepower engine, but a stronger 174-horsepower engine is accessible. The latter comes standard with the hatch.

The coupe and sedan body styles make a high-performance Si trim with a 205-horsepower engine. The strongest in the lot is the hatchback Type R with a 306 horsepower.

Customer Reviews

Many users have generally had a great experience with Honda Civic. One customer says he has been using a 2010 Civic Si, and it has been reliable. He adds that with the right handles and tires, driving it is so much fun. He also mentioned that besides regular maintenance, he only has a few issues.

Another customer says he has been using the Civic model for 30 years now, and all he needs now is a bigger model such as HRV.

Another group of customers said that they’re happy about the added features in 2019, such as safety features.

Final words

If you’re in need of a compact car, then getting one that has better features than Civic 2020 will be a challenge. 

And although it may seem a bit pricey compared to its competitors such as Toyota Corolla and Hyundai, the difference is compensated on its features.

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