Deciding Between Two Icons: The Accord and Civic

April 12th, 2024 by

A gray 2024 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid is shown parked near a coffee shop after viewing a Honda Accord for sale near Moore.

Honda is a name you can count on for efficiency and affordability, as well as plenty of style. If you’re looking at either a Honda Civic or a Honda Accord for sale near Moore, it might be tough to decide which sedan is right for you since both models have carved out a niche as high-performing, comfortable rides with appealing prices.

The Accord has made a name for itself as a roomy midsize sedan with excellent handling, smart features, and plenty of cargo space. In contrast, the Civic is a compact combination of upscale styling, comfort, and efficiency that has made it the go-to commuter car for drivers worldwide. While both sedans share Honda’s commitment to quality, they clearly are designed to cater to different kinds of drivers.

At first, the Accord and Civic appear very similar, as both can seat up to five, boast great fuel efficiency, and are loaded with standard driver assistance features. They unquestionably have Honda’s DNA running through them—however, looking closer, you’ll see where these two icons split to form unique identities.

The midsize Accord has a more demanding presence with its wide stance and refined styling cues; it was designed to appeal to small families or professionals seeking plenty of seating and versatility for children or carpooling, all without sacrificing style. The Civic, though, is compact and has a sporty vibe thanks to its dynamic styling and peppy powertrains; also, its small footprint makes it a favorite among urban dwellers and daily commuters who appreciate its nimble steering and long-lasting reliability.

In this case, it’s not really Accord versus Civic; it’s more like looking closer to discover common threads and unique traits that link these two sedans so aspirant drivers have an easier time deciding which model is for them. The Accord offers a premium driving experience with elegant detailing and ample space for passengers and cargo, while the Civic is a compact modern cruiser that’s all about efficiency and keeping things flexible for city traffic and busy days. Knowing what sets these two best-selling sedans apart and the unique needs they’re designed to meet will make shopping for your next Honda more fulfilling than ever.

Prices: Which Better Fits Your Budget?

How much a car costs can play a large part in whether or not you even want to consider it. If you’re stuck between the Accord and the Honda, consider price first. The Accord is a midsize sedan that seats five and has ample cargo space, and it starts at $27,895.[a] While this model has lots of great standard features and a lively engine capable of tackling freeway driving with ease, if you want a stronger engine or want to upgrade to a high-end trim, it’ll cost you. The Accord is currently available as either a four-door sedan or a hybrid model.

The Honda Civic, on the other hand, is a smaller compact sedan. It can be had as a hatchback or a sedan body and can seat up to five passengers. The Civic is known to be a little snugger than the midsize Accord but offers plenty of performance and smart styling to make up for it. Considering the Civic is a smaller model, expect it to have a lower base price, starting at $23,950.[b]

A red 2024 Honda Civic Hatchback is shown driving on a city street.

Performance Isn’t Everything, But It’s Still Something

Most people buy a Honda for rock-steady performance. A robust engine is always appreciated but not necessary as long as the car can handle challenging driving conditions along Highway 35 or the stop-and-go traffic of downtown Moore. When you don’t need a sports car but want plenty of reliability and an extra get-up-and-go, the 2024 Civic sedan currently boasts two noteworthy engines.

Pick the standard 158-hp 2.0L I-4 with fuel-saving tech like idle-stop for a rewarding daily drive, or upgrade to a 180-hp 1.5L Turbo I-4 with sports-turned handling for an extra thrilling commute. As far as efficiency, the Civic can currently clock in at 33 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway.[c] Impressive, right? You also get a drive mode system that allows you to switch into an Econ or Sport mode to adjust your drive to your mood.

The 2024 Accord features two healthy engine options: a standard 192-hp 1.5L Turbo I-4 and an available 204-hp hybrid powertrain for those looking to maximize fuel efficiency while reducing their carbon footprint. The Accord’s standard engine achieves a fuel economy rating of 29 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway; its hybrid powertrain should get 51 MPG in the city and 44 MPG on the highway.[d]

While you will note that its gas engine gets less than the Civic’s base engine, the Accord is a larger vehicle that offers more horsepower. This standard engine is more than capable of tackling fast freeway drives with ease, and its hybrid option is even better. The Accord also features four drive modes that drivers can access with the push of a button to adjust their performance.

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

Now that we know how each model will handle and that both are capable of a run to Will Rogers Airport or nearby Moore Central Park, we need to ask a more indulgent question: How’s the cabin? How’s the comfort?

The interior of the Accord feels mature and elegant but without being uptight. It has a minimalist but thoughtful design that makes it comfortable as well as practical. The streamlined dash features a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen and cloth seating, while high-end trims can get high-end seating materials like leather. Don’t get us wrong, the base LX is well designed and offers drivers supportive seating and intuitive tech, and can even be had with a power tailgate, but to get additional high-end features, you’ll have to spring for the hybrid trim levels.

Drivers will notice right away that the Civic is designed for the spirited urban dweller. It has a more modern take on the classic sedan, featuring ergonomic seating, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth. It uses more plastic detailing than the Accord; still, for those who like the familiarity of a gas engine, you can upgrade your trim levels for leather seating or an enhanced sound system without opting for a hybrid version.

We like the classic appeal of the Accord, while the Civic has an urban vibe we think would resonate with young professionals and students. As for cargo volume, you might be surprised: while the Accord is a midsize sedan, it offers 16.7 cu.ft. for cargo, and the compact Civic sedan offers a nearly comparable 14.8 cu.ft.

The black interior and dash in a 2024 Honda Accord is shown.

Which Model Is Smarter?

Both vehicles have extensive smart technology that is clear and easy to use. Both have standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to sync your smartphone to your car for a fun, personalized experience.

Both start with standard 7.0-inch touchscreens that feature intuitive menus. How about upgrades? The Accord can be changed up with a large 12.3-inch screen and an eight-speaker audio system when you level up to the Sport Hybrid mid-level trim; this also unlocks premium features for Accord drivers like wireless capability, Bluetooth streaming audio, and options for available Alexa Built-In.

The Civic can be upgraded with a 9.0-inch screen if you decide to go for the top-of-the-line Touring trim, which also features tech bonuses like Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, Honda RealTime Traffic, and a twelve-speaker Bose sound system.

Honda Puts Safety First

Honda vehicles come standard with the automaker’s advanced Honda Sensing tech suite of driver assistance technology. Expect both the Civic and Accord to feature a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Forward Collision Warning, a Road Departure Mitigation System, a Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Traffic Jam Assist, a Traffic Sign Recognition System, automatic high beams, and a driver attention monitor. If you’re looking for advanced extras like a Blind Spot Information System, you’ll have to upgrade.

As for safety ratings, the 2024 and 2023 Honda Accord earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. The Honda Civic was deemed a Top Safety Pick in 2023 and a Top Safety Pick+ in 2022—impressive on both fronts, to say the least.

Pick Your Ride

Now that we’ve examined the common threads that link these two best-selling Honda sedans, plus noted some differences, it must be easier than ever for you to pick your ideal ride, right? We get it—it’s tough to decide between a good thing and a good thing.

The Accord is a great model for those seeking a little wiggle room and comfortable seating; its airy cabin boasts a balance of elegant styling and user-friendly tech that makes it easy to drive and connect with. Meanwhile, the Civic is sporty, peppy, and has an aggressive style that can be appealing to commuters who want just that little bit extra something; we particularly love its capable engines and excellent fuel economy. Both Honda sedans feature first-class driver assistance tools to give you the extra confidence you want behind the wheel.

Ultimately, the decision boils down to your personal preferences. Are you into the agility and sportiness of the Civic? Maybe you prefer the classic and spacious Accord? The best way to decide is to visit each model and take it for a test drive. Whichever sedan you opt for, however, you really can’t go wrong because, in the end, a Honda is a Honda.


 

 

[a] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.
[b] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.
[c] 31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX. 30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2024 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.
[d] 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX and EX. 51 city/44 highway/48 combined mpg rating for EX-L Hybrid. 46 city/41 highway/44 combined mpg rating for Sport Hybrid, Sport-L Hybrid and Touring Hybrid. Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.