Top 5 Alternatives to the Honda Civic Sedan

If you’re shopping for a new car and want some alternatives to the 2016 Honda Civic sedan, you have come to the right place.

Honda rolled out an all-new Civic sedan for the 2016 model year and its improvements are well-documented. We even named it AutoGuide.com‘s 2016 Car of the Year — it’s that good. But maybe that’s not enough to entice you to climb into the new Honda Civic sedan. The Honda Civic is a great car, but it’s not the only player, so that’s why we have come up with a list of five alternatives.

Priced from $19,475 including destination, the 2016 Honda Civic sedan comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, while returning 27 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Also available is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged model is currently only available with a CVT – although that is changing in the near future – and returns 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.

5. Hyundai Elantra Sedan

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For starters, there’s the more affordable Hyundai Elantra sedan that is priced from $17,985. The entry-level sedan from Hyundai comes powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque while returning 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Summary: Less power but better fuel economy in the city and comparable features.

See our Hyundai Elantra Review here

4. Ford Focus Sedan

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Slightly more expensive than the Hyundai Elantra sedan but still cheaper than the Honda Civic is the Ford Focus sedan with a price tag of $18,100. Powering the Focus is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. When paired to a five-speed manual transmission, it returns 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Summary: A smidge more performance at the sacrifice of fuel economy.

3. Volkswagen Jetta

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If you prefer something with German engineering, the Volkswagen Jetta is priced from $18,500 and comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the Volkswagen Jetta gets 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Summary: Less horsepower but plenty more torque thanks to a turbocharged engine. Fuel economy is comparable.

See our Volkswagen Jetta review here

2. Nissan Sentra

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The Nissan Sentra is higher on our list because it’s considerably more affordable than its competitors with a $17,365 starting price. Lurking under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine sporting 130 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, noticeably less than the Honda Civic. Its fuel economy comes in at 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. It’s also a more likely competitor if you’re in the market for a Japanese vehicle.

Summary: Cheaper by more than $2,000 but offers less performance, comparable fuel economy and lots of features.

See our Nissan Sentra Review here

1. Mazda3 4-Door

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And our top alternative to the 2016 Honda Civic sedan is the Mazda3 4-door. Why? Because it is also an AutoGuide.com Car of the Year recipient, taking the award in 2014. Although more expensive than other vehicles on the list with a starting price of $18,665, the Mazda3 is still cheaper than the Honda Civic sedan. The standard model is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and returns 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission.

Summary: Slightly cheaper, comparable performance and better fuel economy.

See our Mazda3 Review here

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