2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic Comparison

2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic
2018 Volkswagen Jetta 2018 Honda Civic
Engine Torque
  184 ft-lbs 138 ft-lbs
Basic Warranty
  6 yr / 72,000 mi 3 yr / 36,000 mi
Drivetrain Warranty
  6 yr / 72,000 mi 5 yr / 60,000 mi

2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

Serving Streetsboro, Kent, and Akron, OH

Compact cars are not just economical; these days, they have become more sophisticated than ever before by adopting the advancing technologies of the times. Chief among them are the Volkswagen Jetta and the Honda Civic, which have been around since the 1970s and are among the best-selling models from their respective automakers due to their dedication to efficiency, refinement, and engineering. For the 2018 model year, few changes have been made to either vehicle, as the Jetta closes out its sixth generation of production and the Civic hits the mid-way point of its tenth. While few compact vehicles can match the Civic, let alone surpass it, the 2018 edition of the Jetta makes a stronger case for your consideration based on the following factors:


The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is regarded as an exceptionally safe vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) pegs the compact ride as a “Top Safety Pick+,” which is its highest designation**. The Jetta earns that top-level honor because it earned the best possible score (“Good”) on all of the organization’s five crashworthiness tests, a “Superior” (or, at the very least, “Advanced”) score in terms of front crash prevention, and a “Good” (or, at the very least, “Acceptable”) score in the effectiveness of its headlight illumination. The 2018 Honda Civic, by comparison, is designated as a “Top Safety Pick” vehicle: which is also exceptional, but ultimately a notch below the Jetta.


J.D. Power projects the reliability of each new vehicle based on an evaluation of reported issues during the first 90 days of ownership. The renowned car research information firm awards a number of “Power Circles” on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest). The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta gets 4 Power Circles—a 4/5 rating—which means that it is one of the top compact cars to get if you want something that is less likely to need major repairs or replacements during the period of ownership. Although Honda has a long and illustrious history of building reliable vehicles, the latest Civic gets a 3.5/5 rating, which is still good, but not as good as that of the Jetta.

Advanced Headlights

According to the IIHS, about 50 percent of fatal crashes in the United States happen in the dark, and more than a quarter of them occur on unlit roads**. Thus, the organization focuses on whether vehicles’ headlights perform their job well. Factors such as headlight technology, bulb type differences, and even how the lights are aimed are considered to determine the amount of useful light being supplied. According to the IIHS, the headlight effectiveness of the 2018 Jetta is remarkable—enough to give it an “Acceptable” rating; that’s just one notch below the top-level “Good” rating**. In contrast, the 2018 Honda Civic gets the bottom-level “Poor” rating.

For a test drive of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta over the 2018 Honda Civic, come see us at our dealership in Streetsboro, Ohio. We pride ourselves on providing top-notch customer service that makes your satisfaction our highest priority. And we have a well-trained and experienced team that can help you get into the exact vehicle of your desires. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

* NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportations New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

** More information can be found at www.iihs.org