2020 Honda Civic vs Chevy Cruze

2020 Honda Civic

Sedans are a classic choice when looking for a vehicle that’s dependable, fun to drive, and easy to maneuver. When you’re in the market for a new sedan in the Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway areas, it quickly becomes evident that there are many available options. The team at Honda of Bay County is here to assist you.

We took two models known for their durability and put them to the test. Below, our 2020 Honda Civic vs. 2019 Chevy Cruze comparison will help you spot their differences and make an educated decision on which one is best for you.

Civic vs Cruze Performance Specs

Honda Civic Performance

Let’s begin by taking a look under the hood of these cars. In the 2020 Honda Civic, you’ll find the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that generates 158 horsepower. Although the 1.4L 4-cylinder ECOTEC® engine in the Chevy Cruze is very similar, it only offers 153 horsepower, leaving it a bit shy of the capable Civic.

On the Honda Civic EX and EX-L trims, which feature a continuously variable transmission, you’ll enjoy exceptional fuel economy thanks to the turbocharged engine technology. When the transmission of the Civic EX and EX-L trims meets this turbocharged engine, you’ll enjoy an EPA-estimated 32 city/42 highway MPG.1

The Chevy Cruze, with its Turbo-Diesel engine, gets up to an EPA-estimated 31 city/48 highway MPG. If most of your driving is done around the city, you’ll enjoy better fuel economy with the Honda Civic.

Enjoy a Spacious Cabin

For such compact cars, you may be surprised by just how much interior space is available in these sedans.

In the 2020 Civic, you’ll have 39.3 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom in the front row, making it easily accessible for all drivers and passengers. In the 2019 Cruze, you’ll find comparable space with 38.9 inches of front headroom and 42 inches of front legroom. However, it’s a little bit tighter in the Cruze as a result.

Cargo space is something drivers must always consider when buying or leasing a car. The Honda Civic has you covered here with a trunk that measures in at 15.1 cubic feet. The Chevy Cruze, on the other hand, only offers a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk. It may not seem like a big difference, but trust us—every inch matters, and the Civic gives you the room you’re looking for.

Civic vs Cruze Safety Technology

Honda Civic Interior

We understand that feeling confident on the road is important, and Honda and Chevy feel the same way. Due to this, both sedans come with a bevy of available safety features and driver-assistant technology to keep you safer on the road.

In the Civic, Honda Sensing® is a standard suite of technology designated to alert you of hazards you may otherwise not be aware of while driving. This safety package includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane-Keeping Assist System

The Chevy Cruze also offers similar technology available through optional packages. These features include:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert

The big difference between these two cars? The Honda Civic offers its safety features standard, while they’re merely available in the Chevy Cruze.

2020 Honda Civic vs 2019 Chevy Cruze: The Decision

After reading our comparison, the knowledgeable professionals at Honda of Bay County think you’ll love driving the 2020 Honda Civic. However, to see how it fares on the roads of Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway, you’ll have to try it out yourself. To do so, schedule a test drive with us!


1 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 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.