2017 Honda Civic Can’t Beat Elantra Sport Without Si

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The arrival of the tenth generation Honda Civic felt like a revelation for the compact car industry. This is because the new Civic has the most attractive figures of all, be it power or fuel economy.

The Civic is rated highly thanks to the new 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is packed with 174hp and 162ft-lbs of torque. The Civic may have plenty of power to offer but driving it is not as engaging or punchy as a normal sports car.

This cannot be helped as the Civic is tuned for a balanced performance and thanks to this, you can enjoy up to 42mpg in fuel economy with the car. It is really impressive but on the fun aspects of things, the Civic is no match for newly released rivals namely the Hyundai Elantra Sport.

The latter may be a lot of steps behind in fuel economy but the performance it has to offer makes us forget about the Civic entirely. The Elantra Sport runs on a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can develop about 201hp and 195ft-lbs of torque.

The power difference between the Elantra Sport and the Civic may not be huge but when on the track, they are actually worlds apart. It goes to say that the Civic still needs the SI trim to return if it wishes to kill off every other performance-focussed compact sedan.