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Compare the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan & the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

For some folks, a compact sedan is the perfect vehicle with its emphasis on fuel economy while still supplying comfortable room for both people and merchandise. Other customers might favor an SUV but don’t desire the bulkiness and fuel consumption that come with it. This is where a compact hatchback comes in handy. The 2018 Honda Civic has both these bases covered. Along with a sedan, the Civic comes in hatchback form with an SUV’s interior versatility. The similarities and contrasts don’t end there.

Honda Civic Hatchback

VS

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Civic Hatchback

Engine

2.0L 4-Cyl

1.5L Turbo 4-Cyl.

Horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

174 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

167 lb-ft @ 1800-5500 rpm

Cargo Volume

15.1 cu. ft.

25.7 cu. ft./46.2 cu.ft. (rear seat up/down)*

Transmission

6-speed manual transmission

6-speed manual transmission


Which Performance is Better?

The Civic sedan gives customers more options in this category with either a standard 2 liter 4-cylinder block generating 158 horsepower or a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine furnishing 174 horsepower.

With the hatchback, buyers get the 1.5 liter version but a choice of 174 horses or 180 horses via the addition of center-mounted dual exhaust pipes. Both the sedan and hatchback strongly overlap when it comes to including either a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission or CVT.

Depending on the particular model, the sedan offers all four possible combinations of engine and transmission while the hatchback links either one to the 1.5 liter block. Amazingly, although there are variations in power output and control between models, fuel usage is quite similar and pleasantly stingy.

You can tune the performance of either one of these vehicles up with a service appointment. We currently offer a Honda oil change coupon and genuine Honda parts. If you're ready to enjoy Honda service, come by now.

What’s the Difference in Appearance?

Both the 2018 sedan and hatchback possess similar low, fluid profiles. Each greets the observer with long, narrow headlights bracing the familiar Honda emblem centered on the upper grille. With a honeycombed lower grille, the hatchback presents a slightly thinner nose than the sedan. Behind the four-door cabin, the hatchback displays a shorter, high rear with an overall length of 177.9 inches while the longer trunk of the sedan gives it a total length of 182.3 inches.

Inside, both Civic versions share identical front headroom and legroom at 39.3 inches and 42.3 inches respectively. It’s a similar story concerning second row clearance. Of course, the big difference is the 25.7 cubic feet of expandable storage in the hatchback that accommodates relatively tall items while the sedan offers a more traditional 15.1 cubic foot trunk.

What’s the Difference in Safety?

It would be fantastic if both the sedan and hatchback received perfect scores of 5 stars in all crash tests categories from the NHTSA and the maximum grade of Good in all categories from the IIHS.

For 2018, Honda made it happen.

This is great if accidents should occur, but there’s also the Honda Sensing suite option for most editions that includes frontal collision warnings with automatic braking and lane deviation warnings that help prevent accidents in the first place.

Honda Civic for Sale in Highland Park

Serving Chicago, Evanston, and Gurnee, IL

The 2018 Honda sedan and hatchback feature designs for two distinct market segments. Yet they still have a lot in common like high quality and reliability, fuel economy, and safety. With those concerns out of the way, all you need to do is try them out at our dealership to see which one fits your needs best. We are a trusted Honda dealer for a reason! Stop by and learn about our Honda Civic lease offers and other Honda lease deals.


* Based on SAE J1100 hatchback cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second rows with front seats moved forward.

** NHTSA government 5 star safety rating are part of the US Department of transportation new car assessment program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbag (SAB).

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