Honda Accord Vs. Honda Civic Sedan: Brothers Battle for Supremacy

By Justin Cupler | October 30th, 2018

When hunting for a family sedan, there are tons of choices. Even at our Honda dealership serving Rochester, New York there are two great sedans to choose from: the 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Honda Civic Sedan. Both sedans offer plenty of room and tons of options, but which is best suited for your family? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Civic Sedan and Accord feature very similar design cues, save for a few touches here and there. The Accord takes on the more mature design of the two with its longer body and more defined trunk. The 2018 Civic Sedan, on the other hand, boasts more of a coupe-style roofline where the rear glass flows directly into the trunk. Its taillights are also bolder and more expressive. Moving up to the Civic Si Sedan, you also get a sportier look that the 2018 Accord cannot match.

In terms of size, the 2018 Honda Accord is the larger of the two at 192.2 inches long, 57.1 inches tall, and 73.3 inches wide. This translates into additional room but makes parking it in tight spaces and maneuvering through traffic harder. The Civic Sedan’s smaller footprint, which measures 182.3 inches long and 70.8 inches wide, makes zipping in and out of traffic easier. Plus, its 35.7-foot turning diameter beats the Accord by 2.4 feet.

Advantage: 2018 Honda Accord

  • More mature design with a defined trunk

Advantage: 2018 Honda Civic

  • Youthful coupe-like design
  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to park
  • Tighter turning radius

Interior

 

Inside, the 2018 Accord and 2018 Civic Sedan share the horizontally oriented dashboard styling that gives the interior a wider look, but that is where the similarities end. Being a higher-cost vehicle, the Accord takes on a more upscale look thanks to its additional trim options, push-button gear shifter, and its floating infotainment screen.

The 2018 Honda Accord makes good use of its larger body by offering a roomier cabin. Up front, it offers 39.5 inches of headroom and 55.6 inches of hiproom, which best the Civic by 0.2 inches and 1.6 inches, respectively. Plus, it matches the Civic with 42.3 inches of front legroom. In the rear, the Accord’s advantages continue with 37.3 inches of headroom, 55 inches of hiproom, and 40.4 inches of legroom. These beat the Civic by 0.2 inches, 7.7 inches, and 3 inches.

Trunk space is also superior in the Accord at 16.7 cubic feet to just 15.1 cubes in the 2018 Civic Sedan.

With its big brother dominating the interior competition, there is little the Civic Sedan can do to defend itself. It is great to see its front seats have roominess similar to the Accord, plus the Civic features a neat under-dash passthrough that gives you extra space to store items while driving.

Advantage: 2018 Honda Accord

  • Larger cabin with massive rear seat
  • More trunk space
  • Upscale look and feel

Advantage: 2018 Honda Civic Sedan

  • Mimics many of the Accord styling bits
  • Front seat matches the Accord’s roominess
  • Behind-the-dash storage cubby

Performance

The 2018 Honda Accord comes out on top of the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan in terms of base power as it comes standard with Honda’s new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This bests the Civic LX by 34 horsepower and 54 pound-feet of torque. This peppy engine sprints the Accord to 60 mph in the mid-6-second range, making it 2 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the base Civic, according to independent tests.

Move up to the Accord’s optional 2.0-liter, and the output increases to 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Even the Civic’s optional 1.5-liter turbocharged engine cannot match this. The 2.0-liter engine pushes the Accord’s 0-to-60 sprint time to an independently tested mid-5-second range, easily beating the Civic 1.5 by just over a second.

Where the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan closes the gap is with its performance-oriented Si trim. The 2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan comes with the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, but Honda cranks it up to 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This drops its sprint time to the low-6-second range in independent testing, plus this model includes sportier styling and improved handling the Accord cannot match.

Advantage: 2018 Honda Accord

  • More base power
  • Higher peak output with 2.0-liter engine
  • Smoother ride

Advantage: 2018 Honda Civic Sedan

  • Compact and easier to toss around in the corners
  • Wider availability of the manual transmission
  • True performance model in Si trim

Pricing and Features

The 2018 Honda Accord comes in four trim levels —  LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L — and the Sport and EX-L trims are available with either the 1.5- or 2.0-liter engine.

The 2018 Honda Civic Sedan comes in six trims: LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, Touring, and the performance-oriented Si.

2018 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,570*

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Continuously variable transmission with Sport mode
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Eco Assist system
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guide lines
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Power mirrors
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • LED taillights and low-beam headlights
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Four-speaker, 160-watt audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Pandora radio
  • Front USB port

Sport: $25,780*

  • All LX trims, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned steering
  • Larger front brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • LED fog lights
  • Decklid spoiler
  • Locking glove box
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Sport pedals
  • 12-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  • Text messaging function
  • Fast-charging front USB port
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch display audio system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Audio information

EX: $27,470*

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote engine start
  • 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic monitor
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock
  • Heated power side-view mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutters
  • Locking glove box
  • Driver’s side seatback pocket
  • 12-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • Text message function
  • Front and rear high-speed USB
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Audio information

EX-L: $29,970*

  • All EX features, plus
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 450-watt premium audio system with 10-speakers

Touring: $33,800*

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • Adaptive suspension system
  • Larger stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned steering
  • Larger front brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished wheels with gray inserts
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Courtesy lights
  • LED headlights with automatic on and off
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tilt-down side-view mirrors in reverse
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Near-field communication

2018 Honda Civic Sedan Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $18,940*

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Eco Assist system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Variable-ratio power steering
  • 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Brake assist
  • Multi-angle rearview mirror with guide lines
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Power side-view mirrors
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Front USB port

EX: $21,340*

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote engine start
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Larger front stabilizer bar
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera with dynamic gude lines
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Heated side-view mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Roof-mounted fin-type antenna
  • Rear cupholders
  • Keyless ignition
  • Passenger-side seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch display audio system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Pandora radio
  • Text-messaging function
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Second 1.5-amp USB port in front

EX-T: $21,700*

  • All EX features, plus
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission (no remote engine start)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated front seats

EX-L: $24,000*

  • All EX-T features, plus
  • CVT
  • Remote engine start
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather seating

Touring: $26,800*

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Chrome door handle accents
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • 450-watt 10-speaker audio system with subwoofer

Si: $24,100*

  • 205-horsepower 1.5-liter engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Hill-start assist
  • Helical limited-slip differential
  • Adaptive damper system
  • Larger front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned steering ratio
  • Larger disc brakes
  • 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels with gloss-black inserts
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Projector halogen headlights with auto on/off
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Fin-type roof antenna
  • Center-mounted exhaust
  • Fog lights
  • Rear wing spoiler
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Aluminum shift knob with leather
  • 450-watt, 10-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch display audio system
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1- and 1.5-amp front USB ports
  • G-force gauge

Who Should Buy the 2018 Honda Accord?

The 2018 Honda Accord is perfect for families with teenage children and deeper pockets. It is also great for business people who often carry associates around in the back seat or need additional trunk space for luggage on business trips.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan?

Buyers with younger children or no children at all will have plenty of room in the 2018 Civic Sedan, and they will save big money in the process. With its Si trim, it is also a great buy for those looking for a more performance-oriented sedan.Whether you prefer the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan or the 2018 Honda Accord, we have plenty of each in stock at our new-car showroom serving Rochester, New York. Check out our online inventory or stop by today for a test drive.

 

 

*MSRP for Honda Accord LX: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Accord Sport: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Accord EX: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Accord EX-L: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Accord Touring: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan LX: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan EX: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan EX-T: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan EX-L: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan Touring: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*MSRP for Honda Civic Sedan Si: MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
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