2021 Honda Accord vs. 2021 Civic Comparison

Honda Civic vs Accord Comparison at Germain Honda of Beavercreek

Civic and Accord are unquestionably two of the most iconic models in the Honda lineup. Combined, these two sedans have a devout following among drivers who prefer outstanding fuel efficiency, exacting build quality, award-winning safety, and cutting-edge technology. If you’ve had your eye on a new Honda sedan, it’s understandable that you might be having some trouble choosing between these two perennial favorites. Fortunately, Germain Honda of Beavercreek has assembled this in-depth comparison where we’ll investigate the advantages of both the Civic and Accord. Let’s take a closer look.

Performance Compared

2021 Honda Accord 2021 Honda Civic Sedan
Specifications 2021 Honda Accord 2021 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

Both leaders in their respective segments, the Honda Civic and Accord are available with an array of powertrain configurations. Beginning with the Accord, its standard 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder delivers 192 horsepower along with 192 lb-ft of torque paired with a responsive CVT (continuously variable transmission). For the ultimate in fuel efficiency, Accord Hybrid models come equipped with a sophisticated 2.0-liter I4 along with an electric AC motor. If you’re craving maximum performance, you can opt for the available 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The compact Honda Civic has plenty to offer as well. Standard power for the Civic Sedan comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque paired with a CVT. For greater exhilaration, you can choose the available 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 that cranks out an impressive 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. 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
2021 Honda Accord Specifications 2021 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

Shifting our focus towards the interior and exterior dimensions, you’ll notice some differences between the Accord and Civic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the larger Honda Accord rides on a longer wheelbase and boasts nearly 10 inches of additional length than the Civic. It’s also slightly wider and has a wider turning radius as a result.

Both models offer seating for up to 5 occupants. Front headroom, legroom, and shoulder room dimensions are very similar between the two with the Accord having a slight advantage. The biggest distinction is evident when comparing rear interior dimensions. The Accord boasts 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 journey, they will appreciate the generous space of the Accord. Although both 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 covered the major differences in powertrains and sizing, let’s discuss some of the key attributes you’ll receive when you drive either a Honda Accord or a Honda Civic.

Honda Accord Grey

Accord Advantages

  • Starting at $24,975 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 Black

Civic Advantages

  • Starting at $22,245 MSRP (Civic Sedan LX CVT)*
  • Available in 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***.

Regardless 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 Beavercreek invites you to come experience both the Accord and Civic Sedan to see which model is best suited for your lifestyle.

*MSRP includes $995.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealer sets own prices.

**Honda Civic Sedan – 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX and EX-L trims. Based on 2021 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 and EX-L trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport and Sport SE 1.5T trims. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. Based on 2021 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.

***Source: 2021 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration