2020 Honda Civic

What’s new

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engine
  • Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
  • Many standard advanced technology and safety features
  • Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
  • Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
  • Slow-responding adaptive cruise control system
  • Blind-spot camera is harder to use than a typical blind-spot monitor
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2020 Honda Civic Review

It's fair to say that the Civic officially found its way out of the woods back when Honda introduced this latest generation in 2016. For nearly a decade prior, we were underwhelmed with the Civic's design and quality. But Honda got this latest 10th-generation Civic right and, for now, is content to polish at the margins.

While most Civics stay par for the course in 2020, the hatchbacks get a host of updates — several of which debuted on other body styles last year. This year, the Civic hatch gets front and rear styling updates that include revised foglight housings and blacked-out front trim accents. Inside, there are a few new features in different trims (a power-adjustable driver's seat in EX trims, for example) plus additional sound insulation, which should help quell some of the road noise complaints we've had with this current model.

Honda is also expanding the availability of Civic's optional six-speed manual transmission to include the hatchback's top Sport Touring trim. At a time when automakers can't get rid of the old-school stick shift fast enough, this move is a refreshing commitment from Honda to keep the connection between car and driver strong.

All of this adds to the 2020 Honda Civic's other strengths that include quick acceleration, crisp handling and cargo-carrying versatility. While it's still worth checking out the competition — including the sporty and recently redesigned Mazda 3, the weather-beating Subaru Impreza and the value-packed Kia Forte — the Honda Civic continues to set the benchmark.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Honda Civic as one of Edmunds' Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

What's it like to live with the Civic?

The Honda Civic has long been one of the better compact cars, but its 2016 redesign was nothing short of game-changing. Not only did it help revitalize the Civic nameplate, it shifted our expectations of what a compact car could be. This generation Civic is well-regarded for its spacious cabin, excellent ride quality, upscale interior materials and superb handling. We're also smitten with its powerful and efficient turbocharged engine. We liked it so much, in fact, that we plunked down our own money to buy one. To read about our experiences with a top-of-the-line Touring sedan, read our long-term Civic test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Civic, all of our observations still apply to the 2020 model.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.4 / 10
The Honda Civic is as good as it gets. It tops our small-sedan segment in most of our categories. Fuel economy and acceleration are particularly impressive, as are interior space and build quality

How does it drive?

8.5
The optional turbocharged 1.5-liter engine delivers quick performance and excellent fuel economy. You have to upgrade to at least the EX trim to get it, but it's worth the cost. The 0-60 mph sprint took 6.7 seconds in Edmunds testing, which is remarkable for a non-performance car in this class.

The rest of the Civic's abilities are also standouts. The brake pedal is pleasantly firm and easy to modulate, and it brings the car to a halt quickly when you need it to. Steering and handling are also precise, which means the Civic is relatively fun to drive around turns.

How comfortable is it?

8.5
The Civic has a lot of the midsize Accord's strengths but in a smaller package. Impacts from rough roads are very well-damped, and overall, the ride is smooth and controlled without being too floaty. The seats are similarly pleasant, and even the rear seats are well-cushioned.

Another comfort-enhancing element is the dual-zone automatic climate control. It does a great job of regulating the temperature and provides even coverage from the air vents. The Civic sedan is also fairly quiet overall, though it lets in a little too much road noise when you're driving on coarse road surfaces.

How’s the interior?

8.0
The Civic's interior is cavernous. The sleek roofline reduces rear headroom somewhat, but otherwise the cabin is so spacious that four adults will have no problem fitting comfortably for long road trips. Up front, the Civic offers easy access through the light doors with large openings. The rear doors open wide, making entry easy, but the sloped roof might require tall people to duck in.

The rest of the cabin is user-friendly as well. For the most part, the controls are clearly labeled and within reach. It's easy to find a good seating position thanks to the generous range of the steering wheel and driver's seat adjustments. Doing so also provides you with a clear view out of the windshield and to the sides.

How’s the tech?

8.5
Even though the Civic is one of the older sedans in its class, its technology is still first-rate. An array of advanced driving aids — including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist — is standard. But we find the absence of a blind-spot monitor odd, and the LaneWatch camera is an ineffective substitute.

All but the base LX feature two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Information is beamed to a 7-inch touchscreen. In general, the system is a little sluggish and the graphics dated, but the Touring trim's 10-speaker audio system provides crisp sound, and the navigation system is easy to learn.

How’s the storage?

8.5
The Civic sedan features clever interior storage solutions. And at 15.1 cubic feet, its trunk is one of the largest in the class, so you'll have no problem fitting sizable bags inside. The seats don't fold flat all the way, but the opening between the trunk and the cabin is large.

Finding a spot for your personal effects in the cabin is also easy. There's a useful two-tiered cubby in the center console that features a cord pass-through for tidy smartphone storage and charging. There's also lots of room under the front armrest. For family duty, it's easier to install a car seat in the Civic's roomy back seat than in many rival small sedans.

How economical is it?

9.5
The Civic sedan with the turbocharged engine and CVT automatic is rated at 36 mpg combined (32 city/42 highway). These are exceptional numbers, especially considering the Civic's class-leading performance. In our own testing, we've found the Civic comes pretty close to matching the EPA estimates in real-world driving.

Is it a good value?

8.5
Apart from an unremarkable warranty, the Civic delivers a good value. For a competitive price, you get a pleasing amount of equipment plus build quality that punches far above the standards for this class. And we can't ignore the Civic's excellent reliability history.

Honda offers typical automaker warranties: three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, identical coverage for roadside assistance, and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Wildcard

8.5
The continuously variable automatic transmission saps some of the fun out of the Civic, but it's hard to argue with the acceleration and above-average handling. The Civic doesn't have the style of the Mazda 3 or the refinement of the VW Golf, but it's close on both fronts.

Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?

There's no doubt the two lower trims offer a good deal of features for the money. And if you're looking for an inexpensive sedan with lots of goodies, the Sport is an excellent value. But the Civic's single most desirable feature is the turbocharged engine, which is included starting at the midtier EX. The EX is our recommended trim for its affordable blend of performance and luxury features.

Honda Civic models

The 2020 Honda Civic sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring and Si trims. The base LX comes with a lot of equipment for the money, but the Sport may be worth the upgrade for those looking for extra features. The EX includes a turbocharged engine plus other goodies, and the EX-L primarily adds leather upholstery. The Touring is the most luxurious Civic, while the Si swaps some amenities for a sportier driving experience. Two other body styles — the Civic coupe and Civic hatchback — have differing trim structures and are reviewed separately.

The LX and the Sport are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (158 horsepower, 138 lb-ft of torque) paired to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The EX, EX-L and Touring step up to a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (174 hp, 162 lb-ft) mated to the CVT automatic. The Si uses a more powerful version of this motor (205 hp, 192 lb-ft) and is exclusively available with the manual transmission.

Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX sedan comes with a lot of equipment for the money. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels and automatic climate control. Electronics features include a 5-inch central display screen and a four-speaker sound system.

Also standard is the Honda Sensing safety package. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keeping assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Sport adds upgrades such as 18-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Stepping up to the EX secures the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, along with a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

If you want a few more features, there's the EX-L with its leather upholstery. The Touring has 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated rear seats, navigation, and a 10-speaker audio system.

The Si builds off the EX-L and adds a few performance bits, including the more powerful engine. It also includes a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, Si-branded sport seats, the 10-speaker stereo, and a unique gauge cluster.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Honda Civic.

5 star reviews: 82%
4 star reviews: 15%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 33 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, I love this car!
MinCT,
EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I owed an 1999 Civic Coupe, but after I got rid of it, I was underwhelmed (as was Edmunds) with the Civic body style for many years and decided not to buy one again. I instead went with the Honda Fit (2 of them in a row) primarily because of the awesome trunk space and youthful look. When I was in the market for a new car, I was going to go with another Fit... until I saw the 2020 Civic Hatchback. This is a great, sporty looking car, and it had the trunk space I refused to part with. It has way more features than one would expect for a car of that price (it seems like they thought of everything, and things I didn't even know I was missing out on). People I know who are into fast, luxury cars were really impressed and surprised by it. The things I noticed (and appreciated) immediately was the peppy acceleration, the auto dimming rear view mirror, the reduced road noise, the Apple Car Play, and the well designed center console. I haven't even explored all the features yet. So far, I really only have two negative comments. One was that it was almost impossible to find the hatchback in a EX-L trim (for whatever reason), and the other is that Honda decided to use shiny black plastic on all the exterior trim, which showed scratches, even when coming right off the lot brand new. I wish they had kept the matte finish on the trim. Overall, super happy with this purchase!

5 out of 5 stars, More than enough Fun!
TankerToad,
Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Bought this car because I wanted something that was more fun than my over powered German car, that I could not fully utilize its potential for more than 10 seconds before being in the "Go Directly To Jail" part of the speedometer. The 2020 Civic Si is light, has immediate response, handles extremely well and has more than enough power for a daily driver. This car can also get you into trouble in no time at all, if you are just listening to the rev's as you go though the gears in its excellent manual gearbox. Nice surprises: Electronics. Honda is doing a great job at including many driver aides and electronic conveniences as standard equipment. Better part yet is in a car of this type, fairly easy to turnoff the electronic nannies when you don't want them, and when you do, just as easy to turn them on. I was concerned with how hard the ride would be with the very low profile tires. The active dampers appear to work great, as the ride is a lot smoother than what I expected. Rear seat leg room is also plentiful. Only item I wish it had, rear cross traffic alert. NOTE: Review is for an Si Sedan, not Coupe ( Sedan not listed in the drop down menus)

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Doc,
Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Good pricepoint. Manual transmission ONLY on this model. FAST. Handles well. Hugs the road. No lateral movement on hairy turns. Looks great. If you are looking for a daily driver that also can be raced and is fun, this is one of them. Next level up is a Mustang 5.0 manual, then a Porsche 911. The mustang is twice as much, and the porsche is 5x as much as the Honda in price. If you plan on driving a stick for sport, start with this one and work your way up.

5 out of 5 stars, Zippy sporty car
Tribike77,
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I have purchased many fun cars in the past but haven’t seen many lately that are reasonably priced. Until now. I’m the happy owner of a 2020 Civic Hatchback EX. It’s solid, quality built and just plain fun to drive. In addition it doesn’t look like anything else on the road. Great overall package and 35 mpg on average doesn’t hurt either. I love the turbo, no problem getting on the freeway. Pure driving fun!

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2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: We've been big fans of the Honda Civic Type R ever since it first came out. It's won comparisons. It's highly ranked in our ratings. And it's our go-to recommendation for a fast four-door at this price because it combines speed, functionality, and comfort in a way few cars can match. Now, we actually didn't think it needed much mechanical changes, but apparently, Honda disagreed because for 2020, it's been updated. And this is it. I bet you couldn't tell unless you live and breathe these things. In this video, I'm going to explain what's new, what's not, why this thing's so much fun to drive, and why we like driving it so much. The two are not necessarily the same. For the whole story, go to edmunds.com, but also like, subscribe, and leave a comment below, too. This generation of the Type R has been an aggressive-looking car. That works for some people and it doesn't work for others. I mean, it has three tailpipes, for crying out loud. And the interesting thing is it actually writes a check that the driving experience doesn't quite cash, but in a good way, if that makes sense. But we'll talk about that when we actually get to driving it. For now, let's talk about the changes going on at the front. You have these body-colored accents on the front and rear of the car. That's new. And so are these panels right here. This used to look like a honeycomb grill pattern, which was slightly dishonest because it didn't actually go anywhere or do anything. The only place it actually had an effect was on this opening here so you could hear the horn. So now it's a bit more honest, at least. A step in the right direction. Now past that, the opening here and the radiator core have been adjusted. Honda says this is now 13% larger, if you're taking measurement. We've seen reports that Honda Civic Type Rs have overheated on track. We've never experienced that in our testing, but Honda says this adjustment helps keep the engine cool, and more cool air is something we'll never complain about. The front end of the car remains otherwise largely the same, and a lot of events here up front actually remain functional, and that's what contributes to that aggressive look. I can explain that functionality and explain what those vents do with the handy pen test. What you do is you find something that looks like a vent. You stick a pen in it. If it goes all the way in, it's likely functional. We can start up here with the front. This section, obviously, feeds the radiator. But on the driver's side, there's actually a scoop that goes in and feeds the intake. On the front, lower beneath that, this feeds the inner cooler. And then this hood vent actually looks to be legit. It dumps air behind the back of the engine. The engine's transversely located, so it sits in line with the front axle. So the air gets dumped behind it. Now underneath the front splitter here, you have these vents that cool the front brakes. And then you have this channel here that routes air around the wheel liner, in between the wheel liner and the engine bay, and it exits behind the front wheels. And Honda says that still stabilizes things. Yes, this is still an aggressive-looking car, but I think this is a step in the right direction. Next, let's take a look at the wheels and tires. When you're talking about brakes and tires, you also need to talk about suspension because that all comes together to make handling. And that's an area that we've really liked about the Civic Type R. With regard to suspension, Honda's made some adjustments. The adaptive dampers respond more quickly and they've also tuned a couple settings in the suspension, like new bushings and different alignment settings, in the name of making the handling even more responsive. As far as the brakes go, that's where the other mechanical change is. The rotor diameter is the same and the front 4-piston Brembo calipers are the same, but the construction of the front rotors are different. They were formerly a one-piece rotor, and that's where you use one material to make the brake rotor. Now, they're a more expensive two-piece rotor, and you do that because using different materials allows you to make a rotor that's lighter and can ventilate and cool more properly. Honda says the change is good for five pounds total in the Civic Type R. As far as wheels and tires go, they're the same as last year. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter, 8 and 1/2 inches wide, and the tires are Continental SportContact 6, size 245/30R20. I bring that up because we have experienced premature tire wear with the Civic Type R on track, and we've seen reports of others going through the same. You should probably expect that behavior to continue if you plan on taking your Civic Type R to a track day. Before we talk about interior updates for 2020, I want to just take a moment and talk about the functionality of the interior, and that's one of the Civic Type R's best attributes, right next to how good it drives. And a lot of it has to do with how nice the standard Honda Civic is. It's one of the best in its segment with regard to interior space, and layout for storage, and whatnot. The second row is very large. Especially with these bucket seats, you could still fit people back there comfortably. And the storage solutions for the front are very clever. The center console right here is configurable. It has compartments that you can slide around to secure stuff. And it's deep, too so there's a ton of storage available. This two-level split tray here means you have a larger section at the bottom for bulkier items, and then you have a top little shelf here for like your phone, and then ahead of that, there's a little hole you can run cables through when you wanted to plug into in the car and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Really nice, thoughtful stuff. Now, Civic Type R, specifically for 2020, the steering wheel is now wrapped in alcantara. That's a microfiber suede-like material that feels good. The shifter's also been gussied up, and there's a new knob that's heavier. Why would you do that? Well, it just feels nicer to shift. That lever feels really good. The other addition for the Civic Type R is Honda Sensing, and that's the name that Honda gives its suite of adaptive safety features, like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. That's standard on the Civic Type R. Civic Type R only comes in one trim level, so this is what you get. I'll comment, too, that adaptive cruise control is really nice with this because when you use it in conjunction with automatic rev matching, on the freeway or in stop-and-go, the computer largely takes care of the gas pedal for you. You basically just clutch and shift. It's nice. It makes driving a manual in rush hour more tolerable. I will say, as someone who drove an Integra GSR in rush hour to college every day, I was fine doing that. But this makes it a little bit nicer. You kids don't know how good you have it. I'll save my "in my day" spiel for another time. Let's get back to the car. I like the plaque behind the shifter that says the serial number of the Civic Type R on it. That's really nice. And to the right of that, you have your drive mode selector. That's the same as last year. But what's new this year is active sound enhancement. The Civic Type R is now pumping in a little bit of engine noise through the stereo to make the engine sound a bit more obvious. You can adjust it with here, but we'll talk about that when when we get to driving. Now we get to my favorite part, which is actually driving the Type R, and cars in general. You may cringe when you hear active sound enhancement, and I get that philosophically, a lot of people have an issue with fake exhaust noise or fake intake noise being pumped into the cabin. Well, the news is all engines lie. All exhausts lie. They're all tuned and artificial to some degree. And drawing a line between where you accept it or not is just arbitrary, so my philosophy is if it sounds good and you don't notice it, hey, who cares? The Civic Type R is a case where I think it's beneficial. One of my complaints with the last year's Civic Type R, with 2017 to last year, was that the 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder was powerful. It packed a solid punch. But it was fairly quiet at high RPMs, relative to the noise of the rest of the car, because you get a fair amount of interior noise and tire noise when you're pushing the car hard on a racetrack. That led to situations where, when you're wearing a helmet, you couldn't actually hear the engine speed. And so you have to be watching the tach very closely to make sure you weren't buzzing red line. That was not a very fun part about driving the Civic Type R fast. But also, that same quietness made driving around town-- especially when you're going quick-- better, because you could do it stealthily. I think the active sound enhancement is a good solution here because when you are really on the gas pedal, especially in the Plus R drive mode, you get more sound. I'm not going to say it's a beautiful sound, because let's face it, turbo-charged inline 4-cylinders just are never going to sound beautiful, but you're going to hear it. And that's what's important to driving fast. And the fact that you can hear it inside, that you have additional indication of when you're getting close to red line, but nobody around you outside can really hear it-- that's a good thing, because I'm all about stealth speed. Of course, they'll see it, because it's still a Civic Type R and it looks the way it does. But hey, small steps. Small steps. Now, when it comes to actual power delivery, the Civic Type R is great because when you get on the gas, its turbocharged engine-- you should typically expect a little bit of delay, depending on the gear that you're in and how much you're asking of the engine. But power seems to really come in strong at about 2,500 RPM to about 6,500 RPM, and that's a really meaty power band for a turbo 4-cylinder. And once you're moving and in gear, this car feels really strong and really punchy. Off the line, it doesn't feel so much that way because you've got to engage the clutch, and you're working with an engine that's off boost. So most of the time when you're driving on city streets at stoplights, lead-footed EV drivers and modestly powerful SUVs are going to dust you off the line. But when you're at speed, that's then the Civic Type R is going to come into its own. Because the engine and transmission are largely the same, they're just going to behave the same way as you would expect, and that's mostly good. You still have rev matching. I used it right there. When you're driving below race pace, like most of us do, the rev matching's fine. When you really start trying to go fast and try and start to do really quick gear changes, that's when you notice that it isn't as fast as it could be or it should be. Some other automakers have faster rev-matching systems, but that's OK. Now, ride and handling is what the Civic Type R does best. It balances both of those attributes admiringly well for a hot hatch or a sports sedan. I'll use two interchangeably when I'm discussing the Civic Type R because who cares, right? If you do, leave a comment. Get it out of your system. You want a car like this because it's a four-door to be family friendly so you can sell it to the spouse, right? But you also still want it to be fun. So you're always going to be straddling that line between ride comfort and driving fun, because responsive, tightly-controlled chassis can make ride quality worse. And I'll say, of course, this is firmer when it comes to ride than your standard Honda Civic, but it's not that bad at all. In fact, I could totally drive this through LA's worst roads every day and be fine. But what's really nice about the ride is it doesn't really sacrifice anything for suspension control, and steering feel, and all that. This is still a nice, great-handling car. And it's so satisfying because you can maintain a lot of speed through corners. You can get up-to-speed quickly, and the tire, and the grip, and the steering all work together to inspire you to enter corners faster, and faster, and faster, and you can maintain that speed all the way through the corner. And that's really exciting. Steering feel is enjoyable. It may seem a little heavy at first, but when you get used to it, you realize the effort is tightly tuned to the available grip and balance of the car, and that makes for a situation when you go into corners, you don't need to put a lot of effort into the wheel. But it gives you just enough feedback and there's just enough effort to balance your input against what you want the car to do and keep it on your path. The adaptive dampers get credit for the ride comfort and the handling comfort. I'm leaving the car in its key up Sports setting. You can back it down one notch to Comfort, if you want. You can increase that to Plus R, if you want. When you do that, the drive modes are going to adjust the throttle sensitivity-- how responsive that gas pedal is. They're going to also adjust just a couple other things, too. But the gist is you use Plus R when you're driving it on the race. You use Comfort if you want a little bit softer of a suspension. It also damps the gas pedal responsiveness, too, to a degree I'm not too much of a fan of. But most people should just leave it in Sport. Now, the brake system has been upgraded. We talked about how Honda did new brake rotors. They also did new pads, and part of that was an explanation that they wanted to reduce the stroke of the brake pedal and make the pedal feel more responsive. Braking performance is something that we've never really had a problem with the Civic Type R. But hey, we'll take an improvement. And I'll say that you probably have to drive this and the last year's Civic Type R back to back in order to appreciate the differences. I'll say from what I'm feeling right now, the brake pedal doesn't need to move a lot. It's more of a pressure actuation, rather than a lever, and I like that in this kind of car when I'm driving fast because you can instinctively get the amount of brake force that you want out of the pedal. It's really easy to intuit it from the feedback through the pedal. All nice stuff. Do the changes that Honda made for 2020 transform the car? No, they just make it a nicer value than it already was. I don't particularly expect the performance figures to change. The last time we tested this, we get 0 to 60 I think in the mid to low 5-second range and the quarter mile in the high to 13-second range. That's probably going to be where it's at. I'd be surprised if you saw dramatic improvements if you were really into hot lapping, but it's possible. In summary, the Civic Type R packs a lot of highly desirable features, and as it should, because the price has creeped up to about $38,000. With it, you get a really nice car to drive, 306 horsepower, really engaging steering and handling, something that feels really fun. But it's also compliant enough and functional enough for the whole family, thanks to a comfortable ride, a functional interior, a large interior, realistic trunk space, rear seats that fold down, and good visibility. There's a lot to like here, and that's great because there isn't much left in the segment that does the same. Your other options are either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive two-door coupes, so this is a pretty unique offering, and that's always what made the Civic Type R so special. Yeehaw.

Read the full review <a href="https://edmu.in/2Tlg1De" target="_blank">here</a>. Carlos Lago drives and reviews the new 2020 Honda Civic Type R. In this video, we'll explore what's new with the 2020 Type R interior, exterior, suspension and brakes. We'll also discuss what's not new, like the 306-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter engine, transmission, wheels and tires. For 2020, the Type R also comes with new tech, including adaptive cruise control and active sound enhancement that boosts the engine sound. How does it all work? Watch to find out!


Features & Specs

LX 4dr Sedan features & specs
LX 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$20,550
MPG 30 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower158 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Sport 4dr Sedan features & specs
Sport 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$22,250
MPG 29 city / 37 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower158 hp @ 6500 rpm
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EX 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$23,700
MPG 32 city / 42 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX-L 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$24,900
MPG 32 city / 42 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist System
Adjusts the vehicle's direction automatically to keep it from drifting out of its lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a constant distance from the car in front.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Civic vs. the competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

The Civic and Toyota Corolla have duked it out for decades, and the Corolla's full redesign for 2020 has only reignited the flames. The new Corolla has impressed us with greatly improved cabin materials, surprisingly capable handling, and an infotainment system that is easier to use than the Civic's. However, we still prefer the Honda for its rapid acceleration, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and spacious, adult-friendly rear seat.

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Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

If you're looking for a bit of driving fun to go along with your sophisticated compact car, the Mazda 3 is a great place to start. On upper trim levels, the Mazda 3 feels downright luxurious. It's available with all-wheel drive too. The Mazda 3 can also match the Civic hatchback for driving fun. For maximum cargo space, however, the Civic is still tops.

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Honda Civic vs. Honda Insight

If you like the Civic's size and layout but want something that uses less fuel, look no further than the Honda Insight. The Insight is just as practical as the Civic, but its electrified powertrain makes it one of the most efficient traditional hybrids available. Its infotainment system is also more intuitive than the Civic's older interface. The Insight's only downsides are a higher price tag and slower acceleration.

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FAQ

Is the Honda Civic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Civic both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Civic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Civic gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg to 36 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Civic ranges from 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Civic. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Honda Civic?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda Civic:

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Civic reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Civic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Civic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Civic's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Honda Civic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda Civic is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Civic and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Civic is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda Civic?

The least-expensive 2020 Honda Civic is the 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,750.

Other versions include:

  • LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,550
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,250
  • EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,700
  • EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,900
  • Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,000
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $21,450
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $27,600
  • Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,200
  • LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $19,750
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What are the different models of Honda Civic?
If you're interested in the Honda Civic, the next question is, which Civic model is right for you? Civic variants include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Civic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Overview

The 2020 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic Si, Civic Type R, Civic Hatchback. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), EX 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Type R 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport Touring 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Touring 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 Honda Civic?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Honda Civic and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Civic 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Civic.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda Civic and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Civic featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Honda Civic?

2020 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,655. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,116 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,116 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,539.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 79 2020 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,205. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,837 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,837 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,368.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 94 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,505. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,844 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,844 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,661.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 8.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 243 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,855. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,208 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,208 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,647.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 27 2020 Honda Civic EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Honda Civic Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,555. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,347 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,347 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,208.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 26 2020 Honda Civic Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,405. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,771 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,771 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,634.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2020 Honda Civic Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,955. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $957 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $957 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,998.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 3.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 4 2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,705. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,826 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,826 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $18,879.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2020 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Honda Civics are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Honda Civic for sale near. There are currently 1545 new 2020 Civics listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $19,750 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Honda Civic. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $2,642 on a used or CPO 2020 Civic available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Civic?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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