2019 Civic Sedan vs. 2019 Accord

When it comes to four-door sedans, you've got many more options today than you used to have - and they all have much to offer. Lines have blurred over time, and there is no longer a well-defined distinction between compact and mid-size, mid-size and full-size, or basic and luxury. There are still some lines that haven't blurred, with some automakers continuing to demonstrate that they just make an all-around more reliable, more enjoyable sedan.

That's where Honda comes in. The Honda Civic and the Honda Accord have long been two of the most reliable, most valued sedans on the road. Combining efficient engines, attractive and technologically-advanced interiors, smart use of space, and enjoyable driving dynamics, they are both special vehicles. It's a matter of figuring out which one is right for you. That's what our team here at Bobby Rahal Honda of State College is for. We've taken a look at both the 2019 Honda Civic and 2019 Honda Accord, and here are the key points to help you make your call.

comparison of the Honda Civic and Honda Accord  

Which Honda is right for me, the Civic Sedan or the Accord?

Beyond both of them having four doors and a Honda badge up front, there aren't too many design similarities between the two, for good reason.

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan has an upbeat, sporty stance and sheet metal that hints at motion. It looks playful, and is sure to appeal to the younger crowd across State College and Penn State. At the same time, it avoids any trendy notes that could look out of place in your driveway a few years down the road.

The 2019 Honda Accord offers a more dignified, adult stance. Where the Civic has a short, tall trunk, the Accord opts for a longer, downsloped trunk lid. Up front, where the Civic features a tapering hood that helps it appear in forward motion, the Accord opts for an upright front fascia and a softly curved hood. An aggressive grille, available rear decklid spoiler, and optional 19-inch wheels do allow you to give the Accord a more aggressive appearance.

It's all a matter of what you're looking for, and what you want your outward appearance to be. There's no wrong answer.

Does the Honda Civic or the Honda Accord have better performance features?

There are plenty of options in both vehicles when you're considering how you get around. Both offer great power-to-weight ratios, and responsive performance. Well-weighted steering and suspensions that walk the line between comfort and performance adds to an exciting driving experience.

If you're looking for a basic, easy-going sedan to get you around Philipsburg and Mt. Union, your best bet is the Honda Civic LX or Honda Civic Sport, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque on tap. It'll get moving off the line, and you won't have any issues merging into highway traffic or maintain speed up the steep hills and mountains of the region. If you want a little more pep, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine in the EX, EX-L and Touring models upgrades to 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, for more get-up. Both can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

The 2019 Honda Accord starts out with that turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, but it puts out more power to make up for the heavier vehicle. At 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, it's certainly potent - but it's just the starting point. Upgrade to the higher trims, and you get a 2.0-liter engine that churns out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, meaning you'll never be worried about having enough power on hand. Both vehicles can be equipped with the six-speed manual. The 1.5-liter engine is paired with a CVT as standard, while the 2.0-liter engine gets a super-efficient 10-speed automatic.

Both vehicles also have a third variant. In the 2019 Civic, that's the sporty Si model, featuring an uptuned 1.5-liter turbo, kicking out 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. It's the performance of the Accord's engine in the lightweight chassis of the Civic, a pretty potent combo. It's stick-shift only, but it sure is fun to take out on the back roads of Mechanicsburg.

The Accord opts for efficiency instead, with the Honda Accord Hybrid. Combining gas and electric motors, you get the instant torque to the wheels, while 212 system horsepower means you get gas-powered confidence with hybrid fuel savings. It won't lag up the hills of Philipsburg like the early hybrids did.

comparison of the Honda Civic and Honda Accord interior  

Is the 2019 Honda Civic or the 2019 Honda Accord a more comfortable vehicle?

The interiors of both the 2019 Honda Civic and 2019 Honda Accord are well-equipped, and feature the latest available technology. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, crisp sound systems, and plenty of hook-up for devices throughout.

Of course, being a bigger car, the Accord offers a little more interior space. This includes 3 more inches of legroom in the rear seat of the Accord - although, at 37.4 inches, the legroom in the rear of the Civic is class-leading. The wider, longer body of the Accord also allows for a little for rear shoulder room, and a lot more rear hip room. You can also squeeze an extra cooler into the trunk, thanks to there being 16.7 cubic feet in the Accord versus 15.1 cubic feet max in the Civic. All that being said, the compact size of the Civic makes it easier to squeeze into the tight Penn State parking spots.

How safe is the Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Accord?

The Honda Sensing suite is standard on every model of the 2019 Honda Civic and the 2019 Honda Accord. Honda doesn't feel there is any reason to hold this technology back, or reserve it to specific trims or models. We want you to detect the potential dangers in Penn State parking garages and on Tyrone back roads, and react as quickly as possible. Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Road Departure Mitigation systems are all included in the suite, while automatic high beam headlights are separate - but still standard on every model. Honda LaneWatch can be add on the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims of the Civic.

Which car gets better gas mileage, the Civic Sedan or the Accord?

Whether you are commuting to school from Mechanicsburg, commuting to and from work in Tyrone, or just getting out and running errands, you don't want to be tossing money at the pumps day in and day out. The good news is that, whether you opt for the 2019 Honda Accord or the 2019 Honda Civic, you're getting a vehicle with excellent fuel economy.

In its most efficient form, the 2019 Civic Sedan gets 32 MPG city and 42 MPH highway, for 36 MPG overall. It's a class leader, and demonstrates you don't need hybrid power to save money at Sheetz. Even if you want to play around with the high-powered Si, it won't hit you hard in the wallet - 28 MPG around town and up to 38 MPG on the open road means you can have fun on a tight fuel budget.

The larger 2019 Honda Accord doesn't trail by much - the base model can get you 30 MPG around town and 38 MPG on the open road. Of course, opting for more power is fun, and you'll certainly enjoy whipping around Tyrone with you 2.0-liter turbo, but the good news is, it won't bump your fuel costs up that bad. With the 10-speed automatic transmission, you can get up to 23 MPG city and 34 MPG highway. For the true eco-minded driver, the Hybrid powertrain offers 48 MPG across the board - city, highway, and combined. You won't go broke commuting back and forth to Mechanicsburg.

Both the 2019 Honda Civic and 2019 Honda Accord come with the hometown sales and service you're used to from our team here at Bobby Rahal Honda of State College. Both are superstars, and both are highly-awarded vehicles - it's just a matter of figuring out which is right for you. Come by and see them side by side - we're easy to get to from across the mid-state region, whether you are coming from Tyrone, Mt. Union, Mechanicsburg, or right here in State College!

comparison of the Honda Civic and Honda Accord 

25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX and Sport 6MT. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX M-CVT trim. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport M-CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX and EX-L trims. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Touring trim. 28 city/38 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Civic Si Sedan. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX, and EX-L CVT trims. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating Sport 6MT trim. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating Sport CVT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating Sport 10AT trim. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 10AT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Touring 10AT trim. 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, EX, EX-L and Touring eCVT trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


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