The beloved Japanese car company, Honda, has been churning out great cars for decades, and at or near the top of their well-respected lineup is the Honda Civic. This much loved little vehicle routinely ranks near the top of the compact car class, and it is not hard to see why. With a sporty look, stylish, roomy interior, a track record of reliability, and impressive fuel efficiency ratings, the Honda Civic is a testament to the quality of Japanese car making. And the most recent model to grab the baton and carry onward is the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan. So, today we are going to look at six things that make this model so special. Let’s get into it!
#1 A Trim for All
First and foremost, the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan gives options to drivers with five trims. The first and base model Civic is the LX and has been upgraded to feature Honda Sensing, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Not all that long ago, these technologies were only available on more advanced trims, and it is nice to see them become standard.
The 2020 Civic’s second trim is the Sport and is similar to the LX though it does include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. The EX is next and offers a power moonroof and 7” navigation touchscreen, which is a nice addition and might be worth the added cost. The fourth trim, or EX-L, adds leather-trimmed seats and a Homelink remote system, which lets you open your garage and turn on lights at home, among other uses. Finally, the Touring trim comes with Honda’s satellite-linked navigation system and a top of the line audio system, in addition to everything listed in the lower trims.
While each of the trims is a great buy, many buyers will find the EX and EX-L are enough Civic to meet their needs. Overall, though, having these various options makes finding the perfect vehicle easier.
What these five 2020 Honda Civic trims have in common is that they are all very affordable. The LX model, for example, has a base price of $20,650. You will be hard-pressed to find a compact car that has the same mix of reliability, proven track record, and performance of a new Honda Civic for just a notch above $20,000.
And this trend of affordability continues through all five trims of the new Civic. Each step up in trim offers a new set of features, and they all come at a great value. The Sport is only $900 more than the base model but comes with the aforementioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a few other cosmetic upgrades to boot. The EX, perhaps the best value of the entire lineup, boasts the 7” touchscreen and moonroof for a starting price of only $23,800. The EX-L’s upgrades bring its starting price to an even $25,000, and the decked out Touring trim can be had for $27,700.
If you are looking for a reliable car that has a long history of customer satisfaction, the Honda Civic is an affordable, logical choice.
#3 Low Maintenance and Reliable
Obviously, it is too soon to tell how reliable the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan has been since this particular model was only recently introduced. But based on other years’ models, it would not be a stretch to assume that the 2020 Civic is going to be a reliability powerhouse. Long known for being low maintenance and reliable, it is not uncommon for Honda owners to only have to deal with oil changes and regular tune-ups.
The practical design of the Civic and commitment to quality manufacturing by Honda has made the Civic a predictable, reliable car that requires little maintenance for years. If you do not want to have to worry or stress about your car, the Honda Civic is for you.
#4 Fuel Economy
Being the #2 ranked compact on the market, the 2020 Honda Civic comes with a 158 hp, 2.0L engine that might not sound like a lot, but gets plenty of bang for its buck—especially in the city. And for those who feel they need more power, there is a 174 hp, 1.5L turbocharged engine offered with higher trims.
Either way, you do not buy a Civic for its power. You buy one because it is a reliable car that gets excellent gas mileage. The 6-speed manual transmission-equipped Civic has impressive fuel efficiency at 33 MPG combined. And that only increases when you get to the continuously variable transmission, which is found on most models. In that case, you can get a highway rating of 42 MPG and a city rating of 32 MPG, bringing the combined average to 35 MPG; that’s impressive.
Overall, with the Honda Civic Sedan, you will be saving a tremendous amount of money on fuel.
#5 Spacious Interior
The interior of the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan is another feature that sets it apart from the competition. With standard seating for five, the back row is spacious, with plenty of room for long legs. And depending on the trim, there are a host of extras you can get with this version of the Civic. The moonroof provides an added level of elegance, and the 60/40 split rear seatback gives you added cargo room when you need to haul something for your friend or neighbor.
If you are considering the higher trims, you will also be rewarded with a leather-trimmed interior and heated seats in the front. These extras do cost more, but in many cases, they are worth it and make the 2020 Honda Civic even more appealing.
The Civic’s interior is large and accommodates many driver needs.
One final reason you will want to consider buying the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan – though there are many others that we have not listed above – is that the Civic maintains its value better than any other car in its class. It might seem crass to consider how much you will be able to sell your new Civic for later on when you are only just buying it now. It is your new baby, how can you even dream of parting with it, right?
But resale value is an important metric to consider when buying a new car, and it is undoubtedly true that most vehicles do not hold their value all that well. It is most likely the Civic’s reliability and ability to keep running well with little maintenance that makes it attractive to buyers as a used car. Whatever the reason, you can buy the new 2020 Honda Civic Sedan with confidence, knowing that should you need to part with your precious in a few years, you will not have any trouble getting a reasonable price for it.
All Good Things
We have covered a lot about the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan today; it is now clear how excellent this vehicle really is. With many options, great prices, reliability, fuel economy, a one-of-a-kind interior, and high resale value, the Civic is something to behold. So next time you are looking for a vehicle, this sedan may be something to consider.