The Honda Civic is the most popular compact car in America and the second most popular sedan overall. This popularity is well deserved as the Civic is an unbeatable blend of affordability, practicality, economy, and fun. Right off a refresh for the 2019 model year that updated the styling, interior features, and infotainment, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan is now better than ever. With passenger and cargo space approaching that of a midsize sedan, the Civic is a surprisingly comfortable and versatile vehicle for its class. Premium features such as dual-zone climate control, power seats, and a moonroof are even standard on most trims, and the standard infotainment system comes with an above-average eight-speaker sound system.
The 2020 Civic is also an extremely efficient and safe vehicle. With its 36 mile per gallon combined fuel economy, the Civic is an excellent choice for commuting.2 Plus, the safety of the 2020 Civic is enhanced by the vast array of advanced driver assistance technologies that Honda has included standard on every trim. However, Honda has also not neglected the sporty side of the Civic. While its size may have grown, the 2020 Civic remains a surprisingly light vehicle, and it has two solid engine options delivering up to 174 hp. Further, the Civic’s Sport trim continues to offer a six-speed manual transmission for the driving enthusiast. Evidently, the Civic Sedan has something to offer every type of driver.
There are two engine options for the 2020 Honda Civic sedan. The base engine that is found on the LX and Sport trims is a 2.0L four-cylinder producing 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. Despite being the less powerful of the two Civic engines, this option is actually more powerful than the engines found in most of the Civic’s competitors. When the lighter weight of the Civic is also considered, it is no surprise that this Honda has a reputation for sporty handling.
But if you want even more power, then the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims come with a 1.5L turbocharged engine delivering 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. This engine is actually comparable to the base engines found in many midsize sedans and crossover SUVs, giving the higher trim Civics excellent performance for their class.
But despite having an edge in power over many other compact cars, the 2020 Civic is also an incredibly fuel-efficient vehicle. In its base configuration, it has an excellent combined fuel economy of 33 MPG, with 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. And with its more powerful top engine, those numbers actually get even better at 36 MPG combined with 32 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway.2 This combination of both performance and efficiency is one of the Civic’s secrets to success and has allowed the car to appeal to a diverse cross-section of drivers.
Another example of how Honda successfully fills different market niches with the Civic can be seen in the car’s transmission options. The 2020 Civic comes standard with a fuel-saving continuously variable transmission that is ideal for comfortable and efficient daily driving. However, the 2020 Civic is also one of the few cars on the market that continues to cater to driving enthusiasts by offering a six-speed manual transmission on the LX and Sport trims. And even if you are not interested in working a clutch and changing your own gears all of the time, the continuously variable transmission in the Civic’s Sport and Touring trims comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for rapid manual gear changes when you do want to engage in some fun driving.
Despite officially being a compact car, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan is roomier than many older midsize sedans. The Civic offers 39.3” of headroom, and its 37.4” of second-row legroom means that even full-size adults will not be uncomfortable sitting in the back. The trunk is also spacious, with a touch over 15 cu.ft. of cargo space. And if you need to transport a particularly large item, then every trim of the 2020 Civic except for the base LX trim comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and trunk passthrough. While it may not have quite as much cargo space as the Honda Civic hatch, the Civic sedan is still an incredibly versatile vehicle.
While all versions of the 2020 Civic sedan have seating for five, there are three main seating configurations. The LX and Sport trims come with manual front seats, including a height-adjustable driver’s seat. The EX and EX-L trims have an eight-way power driver’s seat for on the go adjustments, heated front seats to help with colder days, and a folding center armrest for the second-row seats. Finally, the Touring trim adds a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat and heated outboard rear seats for passengers in the back. The LX, Sport, and EX trims all come with cloth seats, while the EX-L and Touring trims have standard leather-trimmed seats.
Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims of the 2020 Civic sedan. The Sport trim comes with a single-zone automatic climate control system, while the LX trim has manual heat and air conditioning. However, all trims include rear-seat heater ducts to keep the passengers in the back comfortable. And to help keep cool on warm days, the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims of the Civic all come standard with a one-touch power moonroof to let in the fresh air. Finally, in a small but welcome touch, all trims except for the LX trim have a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, and the Sport and Touring trims come with bright metal sport pedals. Altogether, these features make the 2020 Honda Civic sedan one of the more comfortable compact cars currently on the market.
The standard infotainment system in the 2020 Civic includes a 7” high-resolution touchscreen and a 180-watt eight-speaker sound system. As part of its recent model refresh, the Civic gained an array of easy to manipulate knobs and buttons that make it easier to pay attention to the road, rather than the infotainment screen. The software behind the current infotainment system is also modern. It has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing seamless smartphone integration through Bluetooth or USB no matter which operating system you prefer.
The EX and EX-L have a slightly more advanced system that also includes HD radio and SiriusXM satellite for a wider variety of high-quality entertainment. However, the ultimate infotainment package, found in the Civic Touring, includes an upgraded 450-watt ten-speaker sound system as well as built-in navigation with voice recognition and real-time updates through Honda HD Digital Traffic.
While most of the time, technology in a vehicle is thought to be mainly for entertainment, it also plays a significant role in keeping drivers safe. Many vehicles today offer a variety of safety technologies and the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan is no different in that regard. Let’s look at what features it has to offer.
Even the base LX trim of the 2020 Civic Sedan comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing active safety equipment. This suite includes forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The Sport trim adds to this already impressive collection of technology with a multi-angle rearview camera that includes dynamic guidelines showing you where you are heading.
Further, the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims come standard with foglights and Honda’s LaneWatch system, which improves driver awareness by displaying a camera view of your right lane whenever the right turn signal is activated. Finally, the Touring trim also includes bright LED headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers to reduce driver load in poor conditions. With all of these features, both standard and upgrades, it is clear that the Honda Civic Sedan will keep drivers safe no matter which trim they choose.