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2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Honda Accord: What’s the Difference?

  • 2020 Honda Civic comes in sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles
  • Honda Accord was fully redesigned for 2018; Civic was last all-new for 2016
  • Civic is offered in performance-oriented Si and Type R trim levels

Two of the most trusted sedans on sale today are the 2020 Honda Civic and Accord. While the Accord is a little bigger than the Civic, both vehicles offer efficient powertrains, nice interiors and loads of modern safety features. Both also come with a few different powertrain choices. Given the popularity of both models, we’ll compare the two below in a number of categories to help highlight the major differences between the two.


Both the Accord and Civic wear modern styling that manages to be interesting yet conservative. The Accord has a long, sloping roofline, but despite wearing hatchback proportions, the Accord has a basic trunk, not a rear hatchback opening. The Civic is offered in three different body styles: sedan, coupe and hatchback. For the sake of this comparison, we’ll focus on the Civic sedan. See the 2020 Honda Civic models for sale near you

In terms of size, the Accord is 192.1 inches long, while the Civic sedan measures 182.3 inches, making it about ten inches shorter. See the 2020 Honda Accord models for sale near you


Good design carries over onto the interiors of both of these vehicles. The Accord and Civic have a similar steering wheel design and share a lot of the same quality materials and switchgear. The Civic’s center infotainment screen is located in its center stack, while the Accord’s is perched atop the dashboard, a recent design trend. Additionally, the Civic uses a traditional shift lever, while the Accord uses a push-button transmission. Altogether, the Accord’s interior is a little nicer and a little more modern than the Civic’s.

As far as back seat space goes, the Civic comes with 37.4 inches of legroom, while the Accord offers 40.4 inches. In terms of cargo space, the Civic comes with 15 cubic feet of room in the trunk, while the Accord has 17 cu ft.


Both the Civic and Accord come with a couple of different powertrains. The base engine on the Civic is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 158 hp. EX, EX-L, and Touring models come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 174 horsepower. Either engine comes with either a continuously variable automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The Civic hatchback comes exclusively with the 174 hp turbo, although Civic Sport hatchback oddly makes 180 hp.

The Civic Si is the Civic’s mid-tier performance model. It uses a more potent version of the 1.5-liter turbo, putting out 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, and comes exclusively with the manual. There’s also the high-performance Civic Type R, but that falls outside the scope of our comparison.

The entry-level engine in the 2020 Honda Accord uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, similar to the one found in the Civic. In the Accord, the 1.5-liter makes 192 hp. Upper trims get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 252 hp. 1.5-liter models come with a CVT, while the 2.0 comes with a 10-speed automatic. Only the Accord Sport, which is available with either transmission, can be had with a 6-speed manual.

An Accord Hybrid is available as well and puts out a combined output of 212 hp and returns an impressive 48 miles per gallon.

Features & Technology

The Civic and Accord both come standard with Honda‘s suite of active safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Only the Accord offers traditional blind spot monitoring — the Civic uses Honda’s old LaneWatch system, which projects a camera feed from the side view mirror onto the center infotainment screen any time the turn signal is depressed. Both vehicles are named Top Safety Picks+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come on all but the base models. Both vehicles are also available with power seats, a color display in the gauge cluster, automatic climate control and heated front and rear seats. Features available on the Accord but not on the Civic include a head-up display, wireless charging, ventilated seats and dual-zone climate control.


A base 2020 Honda Civic costs $21,605, while a fully-loaded Touring model comes in at $28,655. The Civic Si sedan, which comes in just one trim level, costs $26,155. The Civic Type R comes in at about $38,000, but if you’re cross-shopping the Civic with the Accord, chances are you aren’t considering the Civic’s highest-end performance model.

The Honda Accord has a base price of $24,975 and tops out at just over $37,000 for a fully-loaded Touring model. The Accord Hybrid is offered in a number of trims and requires a $1,600 price premium.


The differences between the Accord and Civic come down to size and feature content. The Civic competes with vehicles like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra in the compact segment, while the Accord is a midsize sedan, counting vehicles like the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata as its rivals. The Accord is longer, comes with more cabin space and more cargo room. It also offers more in the way of amenities like heated rear seats and a more modern design. That said, the Accord costs more than a comparable Civic. Choosing between these two really comes down to how much you want to spend and how much car you want. Find a Honda Civic for sale or Find a Honda Accord for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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