2020 Honda Civic

2020 MODEL
$21,650 - $28,850
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2020 Honda Civic Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 2, 2020

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The Honda Civic has always been a legendary car, with an unusual back-record of class, the Civic has always been the right mix of performance, practicality, and persona. In the last few years, the manufacturer has brought up a new generation every three-four years, intending to keep the Civic name alive and competitive.

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Pros

Fun to drive

Roomy cabin

Best-in-class fuel economy

Rich list of safety features

Powerful Turbocharged engine

Cons

Subjective styling

Dated infotainment arrangement

Extra-sensitive Forward Collision Warning

What's New?

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback receives an all-new front fascia

Impressive tech and safety highlights


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21650

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

174 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

162 lbs.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.9/61.5

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

177.9 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2901 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

97.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

46.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/34/40 mpg

ev range

384.4 mi.

highway range

496 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Honda Civic Detailed Review video
 2020 Honda Civic Review video

Styles

 2020 Honda Civic in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Crystal Black Pearl color  2020 Honda Civic in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2020 Honda Civic in Platinum White Pearl color
Aegean Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.4

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Civic LX

LX

power
174hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$21,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $21,650 MSRP (31/34/40) 174hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic Sport

Sport

power
180 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$22,750 - $23,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $22,750 MSRP (29/32/37) 180 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $23,550 MSRP (29/32/35) 180 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic EX

EX

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$24,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,150 MSRP (31/34/40) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic EX-L

EX-L

power
174 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$25,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,350 MSRP (31/34/40) 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Civic Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
180 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$28,050 - $28,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $28,850 MSRP (29/32/35) 180 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $28,050 MSRP (29/32/37) 180 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


Come 2020, the Honda Civic is all fresh with its Hatchback version, giving its competitors a run for their money. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is enjoyable and engaging. Fitted with a 1.5L turbocharged, the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is here to make it's mark.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Front View
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Front View
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Rear View
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.4/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Honda Civic Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is procurable in five trims, namely: LX, EX, EX-L, Sport & Sport Touring. All these trims are differentiated with certain key elements. The Sport and Sport Touring variants are equipped with an array of exotic underbody spoilers, tailgate spoiler, and a center-mounted dual exhaust. All variants get shark-fin antenna and body-hue door handles. All the trims get front foglights, except for the LX. All the variants receive halogen headlight arrangement, till the Sport Touring trim, where the arrangement upgrades to a full LED setup.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Sport

Sport Touring

MSRP (CVT)

$21,650

$24,150

$25,350

$23,550

$28,850

MSRP (6-speed Manual) - - - $22,750 $28,050

Key Features

16-inch wheels

17-inch wheels

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels 

18-inch wheels

 

174 hp

174 hp

174 hp

180 hp

180 hp

 

A 5-inch color LCD screen

7-inch electrostatic touch screen

Honda-satellite linked navigation

Dual-Mode Paddle Shifters

Rain-sensing auto wipers

 

one-touch turn indicators

Remote Engine Start

Leather Finished interiors

Sport Pedals

LED headlights

 

LED DRLs

Power Moonroof

Auto-dimming RVM

Underbody Spoiler Kit

540W Premium Audio System

Which trim would we buy?

We recommend the Sport trim as it gets a re-tuned engine that cranks out 6 more horses from the same unit and also adds some great features which you'll appreciate over the course of time.

2020 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback comes befitted with a 1.5L turbocharged engine that is capable of producing a good 174 hp. However, the Sport and the Sport Touring variants extract 180hp from the same 1.5L turbocharged engine. The torque figures vary from transmission to transmission, however up to 177 lb-ft of torque can be fabricated with the manual transmission.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Engine
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback has a 1.5 inline 4-cylinder Engine

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback can shoot from 0-60 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is offered with Front Wheel Drive, which seems to handle the power efficiently.

Models

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza Hatch

MSRP

$23,050

$20,140

$21,595

Engine

1.5 inline 4-cylinder

2.0 inline 4-cylinder

2.0 Subaru Boxer Horizontal4

Transmission

FWD Variable Automatic

FWD 6 Speed Manual

AWD Variable Automatic

Horsepower (hp)

174 @ 6000rpm

168 @ 6600rpm

152 @ 6000rpm

Torque(lb/ft)

177 @ 1900rpm

151@ 4800 rpm

145 @ 4000rpm

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback comes out as the most powerful set of wheels for this segment. It is offering the greatest horsepower and torque and beats its rivals by a huge

How fast is it off the line?

While the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is really a fast machine, the acceleration depends upon your choice of transmission. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is procurable with a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission. The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback can shoot from 0-60 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Acceleration
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback 0-60 MPH in just 6.8 sec

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

0-60 MPH

6.8 secs

7.5 secs

5.5 secs

Quarter mile

15.2 secs

16.0 secs

14.0 secs

Engine

1.5L

2.0L

2.0L

The car that comes out to be the swiftest of the lot is Subaru Impreza, followed up by the Honda Civic Hatchback and Toyota Corolla Hatchback. The Subaru Impreza posts impressive acceleration figures, but the Civic Hatchback is also giving competitive figures in terms of acceleration.

How well does this hatch handle?

Handling is one of the best attributes of the 2020 Civic Hatch. This hatch strikes a perfect balance between comfort and sportiness. The suspension does its job very well masquerading minor bumps and road imperfections. However, the bigger bumps will still make its way into the cabin. The acoustic insulation is also on point and hardly any engine or road noise will reach your ears. 

The steering is responsive and taking corners on this hatch is a bliss. Body roll is very minimal which only aids drivers in confidence. While the Civic is fun to drive hatch, should you want more athleticism and sportiness, you should opt for the Sport trim. The steering is comparatively quicker and the tuned suspension results for an engaging ride for the driver. 

Is the braking system efficient?

The braking in the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is as smooth as it can get. The sufficient amount of pedal stroke and decent feel makes stopping the Civic Hatchback a cakewalk. Immediate breaking requires approximately 113 feet, to bring the Civic Hatchback from 60mph to a complete halt.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Braking
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Front Brake is 10.2 sec

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

Brake Front (in.)

10.2

10.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

9.8

9.1

10.8

Curb weight (lbs)

2937

3060

3073

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

125

120

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback inspires confidence with its braking specifications. Taking the least distance to depreciate from 60-0mph, it offers the best-in-class braking performance.

2020 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is an all-round performer. On one hand, where it offers an enchanting power and acceleration, while on the other, it manages excellent fuel economy figures. The Corolla Hatchback gets a 12.4-gallon fuel-capacity engine which has the potential to bring out 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the expressway.

Models

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

MPG (City)

30

28

28

MPG (Highway)

36

37

38

MPG (Combined)

32

31

32

2020 Honda Civic Interior

8.4/10

The 2020 Civic Hatchback is a five-seater car, offering a calm and relaxing ride. The Civic Hatchback comes out to be more refined than other hatches. The Civic infuses top-notch material in its interior, which offers the driver and the passengers a roomy feel and an uplifting vibe. The interior design layout is as practical as it can get. The cabin also houses a number of storage boxes and trays.

Honda Civic Hatchback Seats
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Rear Seats

Front seats are well contoured and provide sufficient support for a comfortable ride. A wide range of adjustment options, both for the seat and the steering wheel ensures that the driver is always in the most comfortable seating position. The leg and headroom for the front seats are also very generous.

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

Front(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

(39.3/57.0/42.3)

(38.4/53.9/42.0)

(39.8/56.7/43.1)

Back Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

(37.4/55.0/36.0)

(37.6/54.5/29.9)

(37.2/55.6/36.5)

The rear seats are no different from the front seats. It offers sufficient space in terms of head and leg space and can easily accommodate 3 passengers. They are also well cushioned and very comfortable. LATCH anchors make it safe and practical. Large door openings also ensure easy ingress and egress.

How is the infotainment system?

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback’s interior design scheme is both appealing and practical. The Hatch gets a nicely laid out interior design scheme, with sound ergonomics, plush seats, and a commendable driving stature. All controls are nicely-placed and are easy to access. The infotainment system has improved big time, with a big 7-inch focal touch panel, incorporating features such as:

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Infotainment System
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Has a 7-inch focal touch panel
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Proximity Key System
  • Hands-Free Bluetooth Operations
  • USB and Auxilary Input
  • Four-Speaker Audio System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Built-in Navigation
  • Voice Recognition
  • HD Traffic Information

How much cargo can this car store?

When it comes to cargo space, the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the undisputable king of the segment, offering 25.7 cubic feet of storage. But, that's not it, the Civic Hatchback gets foldable seats, which split in a 60/40 proportion, thus further enhancing the cargo storage space to 46.2 cubic feet.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Cargo area
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Has a Cargo space is 25.7 cu ft

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

Cargo Volume (cu.ft)

25.7

18.0

20.8

Cargo Volume (cu.ft)

(Seats Folded)

46.2

23.3

55.3

Interior Features

  • Heated Front seats
  • One-touch moon roof
  • Remote engine start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Cargo cover
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Gear shifter
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior fold sheet
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior seat
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior Front seat
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior staring
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Interior

2020 Honda Civic Exterior

7.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is a great looker, boasting a resculpted front fascia. The Civic Hatchback somewhat represents its sedan and coupe siblings, since it borrows similar body language and designing hints from the two. The Civic Hatchback is also great on space and practicality. It offers tremendous passenger and cargo space.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback 3 ​​Quarter View

Model

Honda Civic Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Subaru Impreza

Curb Weight (lbs)

2937

3060

3073

Length (in.)

177.9

172.0

182.1

Width (in.)

70.8

70.5

70.0

Height (in.)

56.3

57.1

57.3

Ground Clearance(in.)

6.7

6.8

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

103.9

105.1

The Civic Hatchback is the widest option on this list. However, it lags behind the Subaru Impreza in terms of length and height. The Civic Hatchback is also the lightest of them all. The Civic Hatchback places itself precisely in the compact vehicle segment, all credits to the 106.3 inches wheelbase.

Exterior Features

Some of the prominent exterior features of the 2020 Civic Hatchback are as follows:

  • Smart Entry
  • Capless Fuel Filler
  • Rain-sensing Auto Wipers
  • Efficient Aerodynamics
  • LED Lighting Setup (Sport Touring)
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback 3 view
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior side view
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior Rear view
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior Back View
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior front view
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior

2020 Honda Civic Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Civic Hatchback comes heavily loaded with the best-in-class safety features. The Civic Hatchback ensures the safety of not only the driver but also the passengers traveling in it. Moreover, the Civic Hatchback is also equipped with Honda Sensing suite as a standard feature, regardless of the trim. Some of the most prominent safety assist features of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback are:

Honda Civic Backup camera

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Versatile Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist Framework
  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Six Airbags
  • Rollover Sensors
  • Auto-dimming Rear View Mirrors
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

NHTSA Ratings

NHSTA has rated the car in the following manner:

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Driver Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Passenger Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Overall Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Driver Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Passenger Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Front Seat Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating 5 Star
Back Seat Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating 5 Star
Rollover 5 Star
Dynamic Test Result N/A
Risk of Rollover 9.50 %

 

2020 Honda Civic Competition

Honda Civic Hatch vs Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback turns out to be a great looking car, but looks can be decisive. The Corolla Hatchback comes fitted with a 2.0 inline 4-cylinder engine, which is capable of producing 168 hp and 151 ft-lbs of torque, which just hits the average mark. The Corolla Hatchback is also defeated by the Honda Civic Hatchback in terms of Cargo and dimensional space. The car though certainly packs a bundle of technology and safety features and the cockpit feels pleasant.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatch vs Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza sans practicality for the sake of performance, with the below-par dimensions. However, Subaru comes out as the best performer of the segment befitted with a 2.0 Subaru Boxer Horizontal4 which churns out 152 horsepower with 145 ft-lbs of torque. The Subaru Impreza yields out decent fuel efficiency and comes for $21,595. The Subaru Impreza's cabin feels roomy, owing to the chunky windows and sensibly placed controls.

2020 Subaru Impreza
2020 Subaru Impreza

 

2020 Honda Civic Final Verdict

The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is a great set of wheels. It can be referred to as the most effective mix of relaxation and engagement. Fitted with a 1.5L Turbocharged engine, an ultimate ride quality chassis and pursuing dynamic, the Civic is powerful yet at the same time economical. With improved interiors and safety features, the Civic Hatchback is here to make a mark.

The Civic hatchback has also been priced competitively, in order to hunt down the likes of Corolla Hatchback, and the Subaru Impreza. Starting from a base price of $23,050, the 2020 Civic Hatchback is as of now, the most sensible choice to go for if you are planning on obtaining a mid-size hatch.