Honda Civic vs. Honda Accord: 2020

The Honda Civic and Honda Accord are both well-known, well-loved iconic car brands in the US and around the world. They are both in their 10th generation and are best known for reliability, safety and being fun to drive. So how do you decide between the two? While both models have many benefits, there are few difference that may affect your decision. We lay it out for you here so you can find the best new car to suit your needs (and wants!).


The Honda Civic is typically the more sporty of the two models. The Civic has more body style options and a long history of customer modifications and upgrades. Choose from hatchback, two-door coupe and four-door sedan in 2020. The Honda Accord comes only as a four-door sedan.


The Accord is categorized as midsize while the Civic falls under a compact car. The Accord is 9.5” longer, 2.4” wider and 1.4” taller than the Civic sedan, if you want to get specific. You will also get 3 inches more back seat legroom in the Accord, important to some!

You’ll get a little more trunk space in the Accord, 16.7 cubic feet versus the Civic Sedan’s 15.1 cubic feet, but the Honda Civic Hatchback claims the biggest space with 25.7 cubic feet of cargo room. 

Overall, the Honda Accord tends to feel roomier and have more comfortable passenger seating. 


The Honda Accord comes standard with a more powerful engine, but the Civic offers more powertrain options. The Civic comes with a 2.0L, 158 hp engine and 138lb.-ft. torque or an optional 1.5L turbocharged 174 hp engine and 167 lb-ft. torque. While the Accord’s standard engine is 1.5L with 192 hp and 192 lb.ft. torque paired with a CVT, or bump up to a 2.0L 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque 10-speed automatic transmission. However, the Honda Civic also offers the Civic Si and Civic Type R hatchback performance versions with the Type R boasting a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft torque, both only available with manual transmissions.

The extra powertrain options give the Honda Civic an advantage when it comes to driving performance and acceleration. In all versions of the Civic, you’ll get extra maneuverability and confident turning with precise steering, making your drive just a little smoother than with the Accord. The larger wheels on the Accord can make it’s ride a touch rougher, but you’ll still notice great handling and suspension with responsive steering. Choose the Honda Civic Type R or Civic Si Sedan for the most speed and power. 

As far as fuel economy goes, both the Honda Civic and Honda Accord offer the best fuel efficiency with the 1.5 L CVT engine. The Honda Civic Sedan gets slightly better gas mileage at 36 mpg combined (32 mpg city, 42 mpg highway)* compared to the Honda Accord’s 33 mpg combined (30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).** Or choose the Honda Accord Hybrid to get 48 mpg combined (48 mpg city, 47 mpg highway).**


You’ll need to upgrade beyond the base trims for both the 2020 Honda Civic and 2020 Honda Accord to get larger touchscreens and Apple/Android connective integration, as the Civic comes standard with just a 5-inch display while the Accord gets 7-inches standard. The Civic Sport and higher do get a 7-inch touchscreen, while the Accord Sport and higher get 8 inches. Top level Accord Touring trim also has head-up display and Wi-Fi hot spot which are not available in the Honda Civic.

Both models offer optional heated seats, power moonroof, 10-speaker premium audio system, wireless phone charging stations, interior illumination, standard 60/40 split rear seatback, navigation system and a suite of driver assist features including a multi-angle rearview camera.

Both the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback and Sedan and 2020 Honda Accord received Top Safety Picks from the IIHS and five star ratings from the NHTSA (the Civic Type R was not rated). All new 2020 Hondas now come standard with Honda Sensing Safety system, but the Accord adds a few extra safety features including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with a low-speed follow function and blind-spot monitoring. Whichever model you go for, you can trust in Honda to prioritize safety.

At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either a 2020 Honda Civic or a 2020 Honda Accord. However, if you have to choose one, consider what you need most in your vehicle. If it’s a lower price, better fuel economy and a little bit more fun to drive, opt for the Honda Civic. When you want comfort, more space and better features, choose the Honda Accord.

Stop by Tracy Honda to to test drive both models and speak with our knowledgeable staff to get more information and specifications so you can compare the two and find the perfect new car for your needs. Tracy Honda is family owned and operated for over 15 years in Tracy, California. We specialize in everything Honda, offering a large selection of new Hondas, certified pre-owned Hondas as well as used cars. Start your shopping online, we update our inventory regularly and you can complete the entire car buying process online! We’ve ramped up our safety and cleaning procedures, and are practicing social distancing, to help ensure your experience is a safe one at Tracy Honda. 


*25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. 48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.