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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
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
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 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. The Civic is also one of the few small cars that's available as a coupe, which helps give it a sleeker and sportier look. While it's still worth checking out rivals such as the Hyundai Veloster or Toyota BRZ, the Honda Civic continues to set the benchmark.
Edmunds Expert Rating
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The Honda Civic coupe is an outstanding small car. The 1.5-liter turbo engine is quick and efficient, and the steering and handling are engaging and sophisticated. Adults can ride easily in the back seat, and the trunk is a decent size. If a coupe fits your lifestyle, there is no downside.
How does the Civic drive? The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine works great with Honda's smooth and polished continuously variable automatic transmission. It's a worthwhile upgrade over the standard 2.0-liter engine. In Edmunds testing, our Touring coupe test car covered 0-60 mph in a quick 7.1 seconds.
The rest of the Civic's dynamic abilities are also standouts. A casual suburban pause or heavy braking at a surprise red light, stops are sure and straight with a firm pedal that's easy to modulate. Around turns, the Civic is balanced and agile whether you're driving to the grocery store or carving your way along a curvy back road.
How comfortable is the Civic? The Civic's well-shaped seats accommodate a wide range of body shapes and sizes, and the padding offers the right balance of give and support. The back seat is usable and not an afterthought — a rarity for a coupe.
We also like the Civic's ride quality. It's taut and controlled without being overly firm or uncomfortable when driving over bumps. 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 coupe 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? The Civic coupe is big on the inside, with heaps of knee room and headroom. The back seat has ample headroom for 6-footers, and they can easily sit behind a driver or front passenger of the same height. Access to the rear seat is best through the passenger side because of the foot-operated seat exit release there.
Once you're settled in the driver's seat, you'll find the Civic coupe pretty easy to see out of. The front windshield pillars are substantial, but they don't obstruct the forward view. The logical and easy-to-use interior control layout is another bonus. The volume knob could be larger, but the dashboard and steering wheel buttons require almost no learning curve.
How’s the tech? The Civic features all the latest tech toys, and many of them are available on the base LX model. The Honda Sensing package is standard on all trims and includes a bevy of driving aids. They aren't all flawless: Some are overzealous with warnings, but the majority work well enough.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a pair of USB ports are standard on Sport models and up. Our test car's 10-speaker audio system sounded quite good, even though our editors noted its maximum volume is on the low side. The standard voice control system requires the user to issue a specific set of commands. Like other systems on budget-friendly cars, it doesn't offer natural speech detection.
How’s the storage? For its class, the Civic coupe has a spacious trunk and clever interior storage. While it might not seem like a lot of space, the trunk, with 11.9 cubic feet of storage, is much bigger than the Subaru BRZ's. The 60/40-split rear seats give you space for longer items, too.
Small-item storage comes in the form of door pockets, a two-tier cubby in the center console, and a sizable bin under the center armrest. Loading car seats is easier than in other coupes thanks to the large door openings and the Civic's roomy back seat.
How’s the fuel economy? The optional 1.5-liter turbo engine is the thriftier option. In the Touring trim, it's rated at 33 mpg combined (30 city/37 highway), which easily tops the competition. In our own testing, we've found the Civic comes pretty close to matching the EPA estimates in real-world driving.
Is the Civic a good value? You get a lot for your money here — the Civic is well-built and has nice-looking interior materials. Honda's no-option grade strategy removes the guesswork from choosing which one to buy. Plus, we can't ignore the Civic's excellent reliability history.
Honda offers typical automaker warranties on the Civic: three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, identical coverage for roadside assistance, and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
It's hard to find fault with the way this coupe steers and handles, and the 1.5-liter engine makes plenty of power and torque. The continuously variable automatic transmission is expertly tuned and offers impressive smoothness. For any more personality or fun, you'd have to upgrade to the Si or the Type R — and we recommend those too.
Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?
If you want to save money while also enjoying all the latest and greatest tech toys, the Sport is a surefire bet. But a key attribute for the Civic is its optional turbocharged engine, which is both more powerful and fuel-efficient than the standard engine. It comes on the next level up, the EX. The price gap between Sport and EX is narrow, and you get a nice set of added features as well.
2020 Honda Civic models
The 2020 Honda Civic coupe is offered in LX, Sport, EX, 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. The Touring is the most luxurious Civic, while the Si swaps some amenities for a sportier driving experience. Two other body styles — the Civic sedan 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), while the EX and the Touring step up to a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (174 hp, 162 lb-ft). The Si uses a more powerful version of this motor that produces 205 hp and 192 lb-ft. Most models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, though the Sport is available with a six-speed manual. The six-speed is the only transmission offered with the Si.
Though it may be the base trim, the standard Civic LX coupe comes with a lot of equipment for the money, including 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, 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, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Sport adds upgrades such as 18-inch wheels, sportier bodywork, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, a 7-inch touchscreen, 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 10-speaker audio system.
The Touring goes back to 18-inch wheels and also gets LED headlights, automatic wipers, leather upholstery and a navigation system.
The Si coupe builds off the EX and adds a few performance bits, including the more powerful engine. It is also equipped with a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, sport seats, and a unique gauge cluster.
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The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe is offered in the following styles: Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Touring 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).
Pre-owned Honda Civic Coupe models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 205 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, continuously variable-speed automatic.
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe trim styles:
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe Si is priced between $31,998 and$33,998 with odometer readings between 9777 and27833 miles.
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe Sport is priced between $28,998 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 7319 and34197 miles.
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe EX is priced between $24,999 and$24,999 with odometer readings between 36815 and36815 miles.
The Used 2020 Honda Civic Coupe Touring is priced between $29,998 and$29,998 with odometer readings between 15484 and15484 miles.
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