Honda Civic SedanWe know that at a glance the 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI S mpg ratings might make it look like an efficient small car, but it’s not the only option for Albany drivers. The small car class is fiercely competitive, and all of the vehicles in it are expected to be some of the most efficient on the road. While the Golf might look good in comparison to some small cars, we think it has trouble standing up to the 2016 Honda Civic, one of our top sedans.

Let’s take a look at how the engine options break down for each of these vehicles so you can have a better idea of which one might be for you.

Comparing the Specs

There are many small car shoppers who value power, and we’ll get to that in a minute, but first, let’s see how the 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI S mpg numbers stack up to a famous fuel sipper like the Civic:

  • The 2016 VW Golf TSI S with automatic transmission earns an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg and 25 city mpg for 29 mpg combined city/highway.
  • The 2016 Honda Civic LX Sedan with CVT is rated at an EPA-estimated 41 highway and 31 city mpg for 35 mpg combined city/highway.*

That’s a difference that most drivers will notice within just a few days of driving, but the Golf does have a slight edge on power at 170 hp to the 158 hp of the Civic’s 2.0L 4-cylinder. But don’t worry, Honda has a new turbocharged engine that gives the Civic an even greater boost.

  • The Civic EX-T with 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder earns an EPA-estimated 42 highway and 31 city mpg for 35 mpg combined* and kicks out 174 hp to give it the edge in efficiency and power over the Golf.

To learn more about how these two cars compare, read our 2016 VW Golf review.

Test Drive a Civic

Now that you’ve seen just how efficient the 2016 Honda Civic is on paper, let us show you how comfortable the cabin is and how much fun it is to drive. Visit a Capital Region Honda Dealer near you to see the Civic firsthand and experience for yourself why so many Albany drivers have been choosing it as their small car.


*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.

Capital Region Honda Dealers includes Lia Honda, Keeler Honda, Mohawk Honda, Carbone Honda of Bennington, D’Ella Honda of Glens Falls, Rensselaer Honda, Bedard Bros. Honda, and Saratoga Honda.