2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

Picture of the 2021 Honda Civic Type R

2021 Honda
Civic Type R

MSRP*: $37,895 to $43,995
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Picture of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz
S-Class

MSRP*: $130,150
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Invoice* $35,324 to $41,002 $122,341
MPG - City 22 MPG 17 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 46.2 ft3 14.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-8
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 306 hp 463 hp
Exterior Length 179.4 in 198.9 in
Exterior Width 73.9 in 74.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.9 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 39.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 40.0 in
Rear 36.7 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 S-Class. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Honda Civic Type R and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz S-Class 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 S-Class. 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 S-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic Type R is a little narrower than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. 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 S-Class.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic Type R is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 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 S-Class, 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 S-Class. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Honda Civic Type R will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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