2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 | NewCars.com

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2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 Review

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2021 Honda
Civic Type R

MSRP*: $37,895 to $43,995
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
AMG E 53

MSRP*: $74,950
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Invoice* $35,324 to $41,002 $70,453
MPG - City 22 MPG 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 46.2 ft3 10.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-6
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 306 hp 429 hp
Exterior Length 179.4 in 190.0 in
Exterior Width 73.9 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.9 in
Info not available
Head Room Front 39.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 40.9 in
Rear 36.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Honda Civic Type R than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. The Honda Civic Type R will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic Type R, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Honda Civic Type R is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Honda Civic Type R and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic Type R is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. If you go with the Honda Civic Type R, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.

Handling
The Honda Civic Type R has about the same turning radius as the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic Type R is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Honda Civic Type R has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Civic Type R and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Honda Civic Type R will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic Type R is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53.