2019 Civic vs. 2019 Accord Comparison

Honda Civic vs Accord Comparison at Germain Honda of Dublin

Across the automotive landscape, two of the most iconic models of the last 3 decades are undeniably the Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Both of these award-winning sedans have earned renowned reputations for delivering exceptional fuel economy, precision build quality, groundbreaking safety, and advanced technological innovations. If a new Honda sedan has caught your eye, it’s only natural that you might be having some difficulty deciding which of these two perennial favorites is the right choice. Thankfully, Germain Honda of Dublin has created this comparison in which we’ll compare the Civic and Accord side-by-side. Once you learn the strengths and advantages of each, your decision should be much easier.

Performance Compared

2019 Honda Accord 2019 Honda Civic Sedan
Specifications 2019 Honda Accord 2019 Honda Civic Sedan
Engine 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 192 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM 158 horsepower @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 RPM
Transmission CVT CVT
Fuel Economy** 30 city / 38 highway / 33 combined MPG (Accord LX 1.5L) 30 city / 38 highway / 33 combined MPG (Civic LX CVT)
Curb Weight 3,131 pounds (Accord LX CVT) 2,762 pounds (Civic Sedan 6MT)
Other Available Powertrain Combinations 2.0-liter I4 turbocharged; 2.0-liter I4 + AC motor (hybrid), 6-speed manual, 10-speed auto 1.5-liter I4, turbocharged; 6-speed manual;

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Honda Civic 1.5L Turbocharged Engine

Each setting the benchmark for their individual segments, the Honda Civic and Accord can be equipped with a variety of potent yet efficient powertrains. Starting with the Accord, it comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 192 horsepower along with 192 lb-ft of torque paired with a responsive CVT (continuously variable transmission). Giving you maximized fuel efficiency, Accord Hybrid variants come standard with a cutting-edge 2.0-liter I4 along with an electric AC motor. Searching for even more thrills? An available 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 comes paired to either a 10-speed automatic transmission or a close-ratio 6-speed manual.

You’ll also have plenty of options when you choose the compact Honda Civic. Standard power comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque paired with a CVT. For more muscle, you can select the available 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 that cranks out an impressive 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is also optional. Civic EX and EX-L models are able to achieve up to an impressive 42 MPG EPA-estimated highway fuel economy**.

Exterior & Interior Specifications

Honda Accord Dimensions Honda Civic Sedan Exterior
2019 Honda Accord Specifications 2019 Honda Civic Sedan
111.4 inches Wheelbase 106.3 inches
192.2 inches Overall Length 182.7 inches
73.3 inches (w/mirrors) Width 70.8 inches
57.7 inches Height 55.1 inches
38.1 feet Turning Diameter 35.4 feet
5 Maximum Seating Capacity 5
39.5 inches Headroom, Front 39.3 inches
37.3 inches Headroom, Rear 37.1 inches
42.3 inches Legroom, Front 42.3 inches
40.4 inches Legroom, Rear 37.4 inches
58.3 inches Shoulder Room, Front 57.0 inches
56.5 inches Shoulder Room, Rear 55.0 inches
105.6 cubic feet EPA Passenger Volume 97.8 cubic feet
16.7 cubic feet EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cubic feet

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Turning our attention towards the interior and exterior dimensions of both vehicles, you’ll find some distinctions between the Accord and Civic. The larger Honda Accord features a longer wheelbase and includes nearly 10 inches of additional length compared to the Civic. It’s also wider and has a slightly wider turning radius as a result.

One thing these sedans have in common is room for up to 5 occupants. Front headroom, legroom, and shoulder room dimensions are very similar between the two with the Accord having a slight edge in terms of space. The biggest difference is evident when comparing rear interior dimensions. The Accord offers 3 more inches of rear legroom along with 1.5 inches greater rear shoulder room than the Civic. If you’re the type of driver who enjoys bringing friends and family along for the trip, they will appreciate the generous space of the Accord. While both are respectable in terms of cargo volume, the Accord offers 1.6 additional cubic feet of space compared to the Civic.

Accord vs Civic – Key Model Advantages

Now that we’ve identified the major differences in powertrains and sizing, let’s discuss some of the key attributes you’ll enjoy when you drive either a Honda Accord or a Honda Civic.

Honda Accord Red

Accord Advantages

  • Starting at $24,650 MSRP (Accord LX CVT)*
  • Available hybrid variant for maximum efficiency.
  • Larger interior dimensions and cargo capacity, great for growing families or extended road trips with more than one passenger.
  • Optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 252 horsepower for maximum performance.
Honda Civic Blue

Civic Advantages

  • Starting at $20,480 MSRP (Civic Sedan LX 6-Speed Manual)*
  • Available in coupe, sedan, and hatchback variants. There’s a Civic model to suit any type of lifestyle.
  • More compact sizing allows for greater maneuverability and handling agility.
  • Lower starting price compared to the Accord, representing exceptional value.
Honda Accord and Civic Shared Advantages

Shared Advantages

  • Both models come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, giving you greater confidence behind the wheel.
  • Both the Civic and Accord have received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHTSA***.
  • Both the Accord and Civic Sedan have received Best Buy Awards from Kelley Blue Book****.

No matter of which model you choose, driving a Honda Accord or Civic Sedan means that you’ll receive award-winning performance, quality, efficiency, cutting-edge innovations, and groundbreaking safety technologies. Germain Honda of Dublin cordially invites you to come experience both the Accord and Civic Sedan to see which model is best suited for your driving style.

*MSRP includes $930.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealer sets own prices.

**Honda Civic Sedan — 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX & Sport 6MT trims. 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 2019 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.

Honda Accord — 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/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2019 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.

***Source: 2019 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – https://www.nhtsa.gov/ratings

****Source: 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards – https://www.kbb.com/car-news/best-buy-awards/2100000577/