2022 Honda Civic Sedan vs. Hyundai Elantra vs Nissan Sentra vs Toyota Corolla

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In the compact sedan segment, one of the most iconic and memorable nameplates in the class is the Honda Civic. Now in its 11th generation, the Civic Sedan is more stylish, more sophisticated, and smarter than ever before. To help prove how the Civic Sedan continues to set the standard for its class, we’ve created this in-depth model comparison. You’ll discover exactly how the Honda Civic Sedan measures up to its top competitors including the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, and Toyota Corolla. Once you learn all of the advantages and benefits that come from choosing the Civic Sedan over the competition, our team at Germain Honda of Beavercreek is standing by to help you select the model that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle.

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Civic vs The Competition – Car and Driver Testing1

The staff at Car and Driver recently performed a rigorous test of four of the most popular compact sedans. When pushed to the limits on the track, there was only one model that the experts named “most fun to drive”. The winner? The Honda Civic Sedan1.

“The Civic inspired the most confidence on the handling course, where it felt more planted and predictable than the others.” — Car and Driver

Honda Civic Sedan vs Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic Sedan
2022 Civic LX Sedan Specifications 2021 Elantra SEL
5-Star Rating Most Fun to Drive1 4-Star Rating
40.1-second lap time Best Handling1 41.0-second lap time
68.4 MPH corner-exit speed Fastest Cornering 1 65.9 MPH corner-exit speed
158 @ 6,500 RPM Horsepower (SAE net) 147 @ 6,200 RPM
170-foot braking distance Best Braking (70 to 0 MPH)1 179-foot braking distance
161 degrees Best Front Visibility1 156 degrees

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The first rival to challenge the Honda Civic Sedan is the Hyundai Elantra SEL. Car and Driver put each of these compact sedans through their paces on the track, pushing them to their absolute limits. Right from the beginning, the Civic Sedan has a significant power advantage thanks to greater horsepower from its standard 2.0-liter i-VTEC® engine. As a result, it was able to deliver a faster lap time along with faster cornering speeds than the Elantra.

Other areas where the Civic LX Sedan shined included a perfect 5-star Fun to Drive rating, shorter braking distance, and better front visibility. Although most drivers won’t be pushing their vehicle to the limits on their daily drive, why settle for a compact sedan that’s anything but the best? The Civic LX Sedan easily takes the victory over the Hyundai Elantra SEL.


Honda Civic Sedan vs Nissan Sentra

Honda Civic Sedan Nissan Sentra
2022 Civic LX Sedan Specifications 2021 Sentra SV
5-Star Rating Most Fun to Drive1 3-Star Rating
40.1-second lap time Best Handling1 40.7-second lap time
68.4 MPH corner-exit speed Fastest Cornering 1 65.2 MPH corner-exit speed
158 @ 6,500 RPM Horsepower (SAE net) 149 @ 6,400 RPM
170-foot braking distance Best Braking (70 to 0 MPH)1 178-foot braking distance
161 degrees Best Front Visibility1 154 degrees

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Next, the Honda Civic LX Sedan goes up against the Nissan Sentra SV. Using the same performance metrics and criteria as the prior matchup, you’ll start to notice a trend when it comes to the Civic Sedan topping the competition. A sizable horsepower advantage continues to help the Civic LX deliver a faster overall lap time and faster corner-exit speeds compared to the much slower Sentra SV.

In contrast to the perfect 5-star Fun to Drive rating of the Civic Sedan, the Nissan Sentra only manages to deliver a disappointing 3-star rating. Combined with a worse front visibility rating and an 8-foot longer braking distance from 70 to 0 MPG — the Sentra is simply no match for the superior driving dynamics included as standard on the Civic Sedan.


Honda Civic Sedan vs Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic Sedan Toyota Corolla
2022 Civic LX Sedan Specifications 2021 Corolla LE
5-Star Rating Most Fun to Drive1 2-Star Rating
40.1-second lap time Best Handling1 41.8-second lap time
68.4 MPH corner-exit speed Fastest Cornering 1 64.9 MPH corner-exit speed
158 @ 6,500 RPM Horsepower (SAE net) 139 @ 6,100 RPM
170-foot braking distance Best Braking (70 to 0 MPH)1 184-foot braking distance
161 degrees Best Front Visibility1 157 degrees

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Finally, the Honda Civic Sedan faces off against perhaps its longest-standing rival — the Toyota Corolla. Unfortunately for Toyota, the Civic Sedan is simply the superior option no matter which way you look at it. In terms of the Most Fun to Drive rating from Car and Driver, the Corolla can only manage a 2-star rating compared to the perfect 5-star rating of the Civic LX.

Almost a full 2 seconds slower around the track with a significantly corner-exit speed as well, the Corolla cannot compete with the poised handling and sizable horsepower advantage offered by the Civic LX Sedan. Inferior braking performance and worse front visibility are two other reasons to avoid the Corolla altogether. Without question, the winner of this matchup is the Honda Civic LX Sedan. .


Winner – Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan Comparison

In Car and Driver’s1 grueling performance test of the Honda Civic Sedan, the competition was simply unable to compete in any category. The Civic Sedan offered the most standard horsepower, best handling, fastest cornering, best braking, best front visibility, and the highest Fun to Drive rating1 of the bunch. Regardless of which way you look at it, the Honda Civic Sedan provides a rewarding experience behind the wheel. Hyundai, Nissan, and Toyota each are unable to contend with the legendary Honda Civic Sedan.


*Based on comparison between 2022 Honda Civic LX Sedan and 2021 Toyota Corolla LE, 2021 Nissan Sentra SV and 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL. Conducted by Car and Driver and commissioned by Honda. https://automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan/compare