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Honda Civic Versus Toyota Corolla: An Ultimate Comparison

Tuesday, September 3 2019 10:39 AM
Honda Civic Versus Toyota Corolla: An Ultimate Comparison

If you’re in the market for a new compact car, chances are you’ve been researching and comparing two of the auto industry’s popular workhorses: the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. These compact cars have been setting the standard for style, performance, comfort, and reliability in the compact-car arena since they hit the streets decades ago.

Over the years, the competition between these two vehicles has driven their individual advancement. As you might guess, we’re big fans of the Honda Civic. Year after year, the Civic accelerates past the Corolla in both performance and styling.

Model Lineups

Both the Civic and Corolla have three standard configurations. The Corolla is available as a sedan, hatchback or hybrid. On the other hand, the Civic comes in sedan, hatchback, and coupe configurations. The base Corolla L starts at $19,600, while the top-of-the-line XSE starts at $25,550. In comparison, the Civic LX starts at $19,550 MSRP*, ranging to the most expensive Touring trim starting at $27,400 MSRP*.

*MSRP starting at $27,400 excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

Honda hasn’t engineered a hybrid Civic since the Insight fills that position in the lineup. 

Exterior Comparison

Both models feature the sleek elements that have become benchmarks for style in the compact-car segment. 

It’s easy to be wooed by the Corolla’s exterior. Available in eight colors, the Corolla features slimmed-down, angle-dependent styling. When compared to the Civic, the Corolla has a narrower wheelbase and is noticeably shorter—eight inches shorter to be precise. The Corolla features LED headlights, LED taillights and optional exterior accents.

On the other hand, the Civic’s striking exterior races laps around the Corolla. Also available in eight colors, the Civic boasts an assertive, stylish design. Featuring sharpened, yet smooth body lines, the Civic’s elongated wheelbase adds a touch of sophistication, which is oftentimes skipped over in the compact-car segment. You’ll also notice that the Civic has a wider stance than the Corolla. This design creates better handling and a smoother ride on more demanding roadways.

What’s Under the Hood?

The LX and Sport Civics come with a fuel-efficient 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine*. If you’re looking for performance, the EX, EX-L and Touring trims feature a 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The Civic also features a sporty chassis with MacPherson struts standard. In terms of fuel efficiency, expect to achieve 29 miles per gallon* in the city and 38 miles per gallon* on the highway.

*LX & Sport 158 hp @ 6500 rpm (SAE net). EX, EX-L & Touring 174 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net). 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX & Sport 6MT trims. 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 2019 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.

Toyota equipped the base trim Corollas with an underpowered 139-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine. You’ll find that the higher-trimmed Corollas are lacking gusto behind the gas pedal as well. The 2.0-liter “Valvematic” engine delivers a less than impressive accolade of 169 horsepower. The Corolla’s similar, yet narrowed chassis produces a rougher ride and stiffer, less forgiving handling. Expect to see similar gas mileage from the Corolla as you do from the Civic, averaging 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

Comparing Cabins

With smart engineering, the Honda Civic feels more spacious than your average compact car. The newest Civic has a slew of available features, including a smart driver information interface, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, electric parking brake, heated seats, remote engine start, 8-way powered driver’s seat and wireless phone charging. All Honda Civics come with standard Honda SensingⓇ safety features, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System™*, Road Departure Mitigation System™*, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow* and a Lane Keeping Assist System*. For more information, visit Honda’s website for a complete list of available Civic features and technology.

*CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. ACC with Low-Speed Follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather, or on winding roads. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Toyota focused on creating a premium feel within the Corolla’s interior, rather than adding driver-friendly features. Optional equipment includes leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch accents, 8-inch touchscreen display, blind-spot monitoring, remote connect and adaptive front lighting. The Corolla employs Toyota Safety Sense, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.

Test Drive a Honda Civic Today!

We can talk about the Civic all day long, but it’s time to buckle up see how fun this compact is to drive for yourself. Click here to view our Civic inventory or give us a call at 316-688-6400 to schedule your test drive.