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2020 Honda Civic Pricing: Trims, MSRP, Ownership and Depreciation

Updated on: November 2, 2020

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The 2020 Honda Civic Sedan comes in 5 different trims from which you can decide base on your need. Each variant offers something different and as the MSRP increase for the trims so does the features you get.

LX

Starting at $20,650

Available Engines

  • 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded

Available drivetrains

  • front wheel drive

Available transmissions

  • 1-speed CVT
  • 160W Audio System w/ 4 Speakers
  • 5" Color LCD Screen
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Radio Data System

Sport

Starting at $21,550

Available Engines

  • 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded

Available drivetrains

  • front wheel drive

Available transmissions

  • 2-speed CVT

Everything on LX and:

  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 180W Audio System w/ 8 Speakers
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Siriusxm Radio

EX

Starting at $23,800

Available Engines

  • 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, Inline 4, Regular unleaded

Available drivetrains

  • front wheel drive

Available transmissions

  • 1-speed CVT

Everything on Sport and:

  • 17" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • LED Pocket Light
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

EX-L

Starting at $25,000

Available Engines

  • 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, Inline 4, Regular unleaded

Available drivetrains

  • front wheel drive

Available transmissions

  • 1-speed CVT

Everything on EX and:

  • Leather Seat trim
  • low rear bumper

Touring

Starting at $27,700

Available Engines

  • 174 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded

Available drivetrains

  • front wheel drive

Available transmissions

  • 1-speed CVT

Everything on EX-L and:

  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 450W Premium Audio System w/ 10 Speakers
  • LED Headlights
  • Windshield wipers for Rain Sensing

Over the years, Honda Civic has become one of the most recognizable vehicles on sale. Civic has gone through tons of changes and updates throughout its life and yet it continues to be unmistakably Civic. With its humble beginnings as a sub-compact car with two doors, its immense popularity helped it graduate it to a class above as it made it appeared as a sedan over the years that followed and with time it became bigger and more upmarket. The tenth generation of Civic was launched in 2017 and the Civic sedan is technically an entry-level mid-size car, but it still competes in the compact car class. The Civic is lined in between some of the mos iconic Honda models that include the likes of the Fit and the Accord.

2020 Honda Civic Price Analysis


The 2020 Honda Civic Sedan comes in 5 trim levels that fit into a broad price bracket which caters to a wide customer base. Each variant offers something different and as the MSRP increase for the trims so does the features as you climb up the trim levels. But not every quirk available in the car is necessarily needed. However, no corners have been cut when it comes to safety. Each trim of the Civic comes loaded with safety features and tech- both active and passive.

The LX is the entry-level offering in the Civic lineup and it starts at $19,750 which gets you a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 hp, which is mated to a CVT transmission that is standard across the board. When it comes to entertainment, it comes equipped with a 5-inch infotainment setup which can get the job done without any drama and features Bluetooth connectivity and iPod support. Another economic touch comes in the form fo a folding rear seat which can be retracted using a latch located in the boot for added practicality.

Now let’s see what an additional $1,000 gets you with the Sport trim that is priced at $21,450. It adds a 6-speed manual transmission with the same 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine. There is also an upgraded infotainment system for the 2020 model year with a 7-inch display with an electrostatic touch-screen. Another premium touch comes in the form of a leather-wrapped steering wheel 

The EX trim is where the excitement begins, it starts at $23,700. That gets you a 1.5 L turbocharged engine that produces 174 hp and is not to be taken lightly. The 16 hp added may not seem like much but combined with the turbocharged mill's exciting power delivery it makes a very noticeable difference in the car's overall characteristics. Other upmarket additions to the feature list include the likes of a remote engine start function along with an updated infotainment setup with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Comfort and practicality are also improved with the addition of 8-way Power Driver Seats.

Model

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP

$19,750

$21,450

$23,700

$24,900

$27,600

Key features

2.0L 158 hp I4 Engine

Adds to LX features

1.5L 174 hp Turbocharged Engine

Adds to EX features

Adds to EX-L features

 

Standard CVT transmission

6-speed manual transmission

Remote Engine Start

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

Continuously Variable Transmission with Paddle Shifters

 

5-Inch Color LCD Screen

7-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

HondaLink

450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, Including Subwoofer

 

Fold-Down Rear Seatback

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

8-Way Power Driver’s Seat

Leather-Trimmed Seats

Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment

The EX-L trim starts at $24,900 and that extra money gets you what EX has to offer plus some. to start with the EX-L cocoons its occupants in elegant leather-trimmed seats that add a premium touch to the car, smart entry with walk-away auto-lock, and HondaLink smart app.

The Touring trim is priced at $27,600 and at the very top of the Trim table. It comes with what the other 4 trims have to offer but adds more to the kit. The engine is the same 1.5 L turbocharged four-pot motor but the transmission though the same CVT unit now gets paddle shifters for a dash of sportiness. The 450-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, bring onboard a thumping subwoofer to elevate the audio experience. The front passenger’s seat comes with a 4-way power adjustment to make the passenger comfortable.

Which trim do we recommend?

We recommend the EX trim as it has a superior engine compare to the LX and Sport and doesn’t lose much in terms of functionality when compared to the EX-L and Touring. So it offers balance when it comes to power and practicality.

How has the Civic Sedan been priced over the years?

The price for the LX trim has been subject to a steady hike over the years, but this is not much when you look at the changes that Honda has put the Civic through. The base price in 2016 for the LX trim was $19,440 and over the span of five years, the price has steadily increased. The 2020 model is priced at $19,750.

Year

Price of Honda Civic Sedan LX (MSRP)

2020

$19,750

2019

$19,550

2018

$18,940

2017

$18,740

2016

$18,640

As is with any automaker, yearly price increase with subtle changes around the car is not something uncommon these days. Now however, manufacturers are forced to bring updated or face-lifted models the following year just to keep hold of their share in the market. If ignored it can prove catastrophic, much like what happened to Nokia and their mobile phones.

How many Honda Civics are sold each year?

The Honda Civic has been a very liked car since its inception and the sales figure are good enough to prove that fact. The number of sales every year saw growth until 2017, after that the numbers have been declining and this is not the car's fault. The trend is in favour of the SUV segment. SUVs and crossovers have replaced sedans and estates are the staple cars for the masses, the sedan market as a whole has been suffering for quite some time now. But in spite of the unfavorable conditions, Civic has managed to move over 300,000 units which is quite an achievement.

Year

Number of units sold

2019

325,650

2018

325,760

2017

377,286

2016

366,927

2015

335,384

Toyota Corolla Sedan is the closest competitor to the Civic in this highly competitive segment of entry-level sedans, both of these bestsellers from their respective brands have witnessed a decline in sales in recent years. Toyota has been the only really challenger to the Civic's reign.

Sales Curve of 2020 Honda Civic Sedan
Sales curve of 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

From the infographic it is evident as to how well different automakers have faired in the sales battle. Honda with their Civic proved a constant threat to the Toyota Corolla and in some instances around 2013 it was the opposite. Hyundai saw a rise in the sales of the Elantra from about 2010 but still could not keep up with the Japanes giants.

How much should you pay for a 2020 Honda Civic?

The prices of the car vary from state to state mainly because of the different state taxes and destination charges. Another factor is the dealership discount. This is why each state in the US has a different price for the Civic.

State

Honda Civic Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Hyundai Elantra

Mazda 3

Arizona

$20,110

$18,223

$17,450

$22,811

California

$20,110

$17,400

$18,756

$22,280

Florida

$19,811

$20,837

$19,362

$21,667

Michigan

$20,940

$18,691

$18,441

$22,221

New Jersey

$19,746

$24,722

$19,296

$23,114

Taking these 5 states Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey as a sample we can see the price variation. But the deviation is not that much in case of the Honda Civic prices.

Do Honda Civics hold their value?

Thanks to their legendary reliability, most of Honda's cars do hold their value pretty well and the Civic is no exception. If you are in the market looking for a used Honda Civic, we recommend the 2016 model. Both the 2020 model and the 2016 model are a part of the tenth generation of the Civic, so the difference is between these models is marginal. The 2016 model year will look up to date and will age more gracefully than its predecessors. You’ll also save a good amount of money on maintenance as well as finding parts will be easier compared to its discontinued predecessors.

Depreciation Curve of 2020 Honda Civic Sedan
Depreciation curve of 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

Expect the early 4th generation cars to retain approximately 70% of the original car value and that would still make it a stellar deal. If you opt for older models that are available at less price, you have to pay the higher maintenance cost.

How much does it cost to own a Honda Civic?

The cost of ownership is the MSRP plus the other charges such as taxes, insurance costs and so on that add on to the vehicle's base MSRP and drive the price up. First, let’s talk about the extra charges that you have to pay. The charges are divided into different criteria like a tax credit, insurance, maintenance, repairs, taxes and fees, financing, depreciation, fuel.

 Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$863

$893

$924

$957

$990

$4,627

Maintenance

$143

$553

$385

$927

$1,190

$3,198

Repairs

$0

$0

$89

$215

$314

$618

Taxes & Fees

$1,655

$21

$56

$21

$56

$1,809

Financing

$1,136

$913

$676

$423

$153

$3,435

Depreciation

$2,017

$1,687

$1,596

$1,874

$1,774

$8,948

Fuel

$1,251

$1,289

$1,327

$1,367

$1,408

$6,642

Real cost of ownership

$7,065

$5,356

$5,053

$5,784

$5,847

$29,143

All this adds up to $29,143 for the LX trim whose MSRP is $20,550. But the good thing is that you have to pay all these charges at different times in a span of 5 years.

What is comparable to Honda Civic?

The direct competition that the Civic faces are Toyota Corolla sedan, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda 3. All these cars are priced similarly and are targeting the same buyers base. They are all powered by a similar 2.0 L inline-four engine.

Models

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$20,550

$21,950

$21,000

$21,835

Engine

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.5 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

162hp @ 6000 rpm

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

142 lb-ft@4400

180 lb.-ft. @6000 rpm

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

When it comes to the power the Mazda 3 is the clear winner with its engine producing 186 hp @ 6000 rpm and Toyota Corolla finishes second with 162 hp @ 6000 rpm. The Mazda wins the race of torque as well with 180 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm. But Civic offers a wide powerband so that is something to consider as well.

Is the 2020 Honda Civic worth buying?

With a base price of $20,550, Civic is worth every penny. Honda has achieved the perfect sync between performance, utility, comfort, and economy. There are multiple variants to choose from which are designed to suit every need. The 2.0 L inline is a reliable engine and is not afraid to rev but go for the 1.5 L turbocharged and feel the power unleashed. So, you can never go wrong in choosing the Civic.

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2020 Honda Civic FAQ's

How often does a Honda Civic need an oil change?

The new Honda Civic's comes with synthetic oil which do not need a change till 5,000 to 10,000 miles as per the Honda maintenance schedule. The early However, according to Honda Civic maintenance manual, drivers should replace the engine oil after 7,500 miles. it is recomendded to Honda's uses the conventional oil which needed a replacement after every 3,000 miles.

Is Honda Civic a good Used car?

The 1998, 2012 and 2014 models are the best used Honda Civic cars you should buy if you are looking for pre-owned Honda. Other Honda Civic models are good but these models have least complaints from the owners and proven reliability. 

Why are Used Honda Civic so expensive?

The Hond Civic has one of the highest reliability ratings in the segment, well-built and cheaper to maintain and service. This makes the old Civic models a good choice for used cars as they have a lot of life left in them even if they have travelled 100,000 miles or more. That's probably the reason why Hondas have high resale value.

Why are Honda engines so good?

Better fuel efficiency. Higher power output. Quieter performance. Honda has the technology to make small engines reliable and easy to use, while it is easy and cheap to get the parts you need to keep them running.

What is the best selling Honda in the US?

The Honda Civic has become a household name in America, being the most owned car fter Toyota Camry. For 2019, CR-V was the highest selling Honda in the US.

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