2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review

The 2020 Honda Civic sedan delivers practicality without sacrificing style and driving enjoyment.

The compact four-door is part of Honda’s family of Civics.  In fact, Honda offers more variations of Civics than some carmakers’ entire lineup of vehicles.

And that makes sense when you consider the Honda Civic ranks in the top 10 best-selling vehicles in history.

Honda Civic Models:

  • Sedan – 4-door
  • Si Sedan – Sporty 4-door
  • Coupe – 2-door
  • Si Coupe – Sporty 2-door
  • Hatchback – 5-door
  • Type R – 5-door racetrack-ready

With 2020 Honda continues its 10th generation of Civics!  No wonder it’s a global best-selling car in history.  They’ve been making them since 1972!

Trim Levels & MSRPs

Within the sedan model, Honda offers five Civic trim configurations.  Here are the starting manufacturers suggested retail prices for each.

 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Trims:

  • LX $20,550
  • Sport $21,450
  • EX $23,700
  • EX-L $24,900
  • Touring $27,600

As always, don’t worry about MSRP.  Because you need to get your Civic equipped to your liking.

Engines & Transmissions

All 2020 Civic sedans come with an inline 4-cylinder.  But you’ll have to go with the EX or higher trim level to get the turbocharger that puts out a little more horsepower and torque.

So the LX and Sport trims give you 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque.  While the turbocharged EX, EX-L, and Touring deliver 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

alloy wheel

Available 18″ alloy wheels

And all Civic trim levels except the Sport comes with a CVT transmission standard.  The Sport comes with a 6-speed manual with an option for CVT.

What’s a CVT transmission?  CVT stands for continuously variable transmission.  CVTs have no specific points where the gears shift.  Instead, they constantly adjust to driving conditions.

When CVT technology first came out I found it to be rather annoying.  That’s because the tech was new and it made the car’s performance feel mushy.

However, the Civic’s CVT isn’t that at all.  It’s responsive and fun to drive.

Fuel Economy

Of course, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan gets great gas mileage.  And here’s where the benefits of CVT are highlighted.

Because, with the CVT,  the Civic’s MPG rating is going to fall between a low of 29 mpg in the city and a high of 42 mpg on the highway.

2020 Honda Civic sedan center console shifter

Responsive CVT transmission

But here’s the thing; that’s not the case with the 6-speed manual transmission of the Sport trim.  That mpg rating is 25 in the city and 36 on the highway.

So, when you consider that, the CVT trans becomes even more attractive.

2020 Honda Civic Exterior

For 2020 the Civic sedan is unchanged on the outside.  The 2020 Civic hatchback does have some updates.

2020 Honda Civic sedan passenger profile

Honda Sensing comes standard

So the same bold exterior looks of the 10th generation Honda Civic remain in place.  LED taillights are notable.

Plus LED headlights and foglights are available.  And Honda offers up a plethora of accessories that can nicely add to your Civic’s naturally bold stance.

Inside 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

When you slide inside a 2020 Civic sedan you’re left wondering if you’re really in a compact car.  It’s big (huge feeling) inside.

2020 Honda Civic sedan front seats and dash

Inside feels way bigger than a compact car

In fact, the 2020 Civic has 95.0 cu ft of passenger space.  That’s across all trim levels except the base model LX which bumps up to 97.8 cubic feet.

2020 Honda Civic sedan backseat

95.0 cu ft of passenger space

Meanwhile, the cargo space of the 2020 Civic sedan checks in at 15.1 cu ft.  And that’s across all trim levels except the top-of-the-line Touring which shaves just a little with 14.7 cu ft.

cargo area

15.1 cu ft of cargo space

And that 15.1 cu ft of cargo space doesn’t factor in folding the backseats down.  Because you wind up with considerably more cargo space when you do that.

60/40 split folding backseat

60/40 split-folding backseat

Plus, all Civic sedan trims include a folding rear backseat.  The only difference is that with the LX the entire backseat folds and with the other trims you have a 60/40 split-folding backseat.


Honda gets high marks when it comes to technology.  Because Honda’s safety technology package comes standard in all 2020 Civic trims.

It’s called Honda Sensing and it includes almost all of the latest safety tech/driver assistance features.

Honda Sensing:

  • Collisions Mitigation Braking System – automatically applies breaks when a frontal crash is imminent.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System – helps you stay in your lane or brakes to keep you on the road.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – keeps you a set distance behind the driver ahead of you when cruise control is active.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System – helps to keep you centered in your lane on highways.

And standard on all trims except the base-model LX is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Honda Civic sedan cockpit

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto standard – except LX trim

Of course, through those applications, you can use other apps like Amazon’s audible to listen to books or Google Podcasts to listen to the latest installment of iDriveSoCal. ;0)

Easy to navigate icons

Nice big icons – great user-interface

And you can do so hands-free because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto project your phone’s screen through the monitor on your dashboard.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Top-3

So here are my Top-3 favorite aspects of the 2020 Honda Civic sedan.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Top-3:

  1. Styling – if you’re familiar with recent Civic reviews, I’m a big fan of this generation’s exterior design.
  2. Practicality – you can’t go wrong buying a Civic.  It’s overall great value.  Solid performer on the road and with fuel economy.
  3. Versatility – it’s compact but it’s big.  The Civic is comfortable for drivers and passengers in the front and backseats.