Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

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, Automotive Editor - October 27, 2022
2022 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have been natural competitors since their introduction in the ‘70s. The two compact vehicles are both affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles that are easy to drive and have a great history of being reliable.

Both compact cars also share a similar redesign schedule, with Toyota introducing an all-new Corolla in 2020, while Honda came out with a fully redesigned Civic in 2022. Choosing between these two models may be more difficult than you think, as they share a lot of features and qualities.

Here’s a look at the key similarities and differences between the Corolla and Civic. We’ll compare pricing, engine performance, fuel economy, and reliability to help you choose the best option.

Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic Price

2023 Toyota Corolla

Pricing for the Corolla sedan starts at $22,645, while the hatchback is priced at $24,059 (prices include destination). For Honda’s lineup, the Civic hatchback is the more affordable body type with a starting price of $24,645, making it slightly cheaper than the Civic sedan which costs $25,745. Go with the cheapest model and you’re looking at saving $2,000 by choosing the Corolla over the Civic.

The Corolla may be the more affordable vehicle of the two, but the Civic may be more affordable to lease. We’ve seen lease deals for the 2022 Civic sedan that are as low as $219 per month for 36 months with $3,699 due at signing. Lease deals for the Corolla start at $269 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing for a sedan. Honda is also offering the Civic with a $750 incentive for current lessees, while Toyota doesn’t have any available incentives on the Corolla.

Both the Corolla and Civic are two of the more expensive options in the compact segment. Vehicles like the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, Subaru Impreza, and Nissan Sentra are more affordable.

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic Specs

2022 Honda Civic

For 2023, Toyota offers the Corolla with a single 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 169 horsepower. If you want more power in the Corolla you’ll have to move up to the GR Corolla, which comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine making 300 hp. The GR Corolla also comes with all-wheel drive, while the Civic is front-wheel drive only.

The Corolla’s base engine is more powerful than the Civic’s, as the Honda comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 hp. The Civic is available with a turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 180 hp and 200 hp in Si models. The new Civic Type R will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s rated at 315 hp when it goes on sale.

Honda clearly has the edge when it comes to performance engines, as the upcoming Civic Si and Type R offer more power than comparable Corollas. Where Toyota stands out is with its base engine that delivers more power than what you’ll find with the Civic.

Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic Reliability

2022 Toyota Corolla

Both the Corolla and Civic have great track records for reliability. The two compact vehicles earn similar reliability scores from Consumer Reports, though the Corolla has a slight edge.

The 2022 Civic has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from Consumer Reports and has a score of four out of five for predicted owner satisfaction. Overall, the Civic has an overall score of six out of twelve for compact cars.

The 2022 Corolla slightly edges out the Civic with a predicted reliability score of three out of five, but falls behind with an owner satisfaction score of three out of five. With its scores, the Corolla finishes in fourth place out of compact cars.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

2023 Honda Civic Engine

Unlike the Civic, the Corolla is available with a hybrid model that’s one of the most efficient cars in the compact class. The Corolla Hybrid is covered separately.

When it comes to fuel economy, the most efficient Civic is a sedan model with the available turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). With this powertrain, the Civic can get up to 36 mpg combined.

Ignoring the Corolla Hybrid, the most efficient Corolla is a sedan model with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT. With this configuration, the Corolla is rated to get up to 35 mpg combined.

Which Is Better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?

The recent redesign for the Honda Civic has seen the compact car regain its position as the head of the segment. It adeptly straddles the line of being a user-friendly car that’s enjoyable to drive and going beyond feeling like an affordable option. Compared to the Corolla, it has a more robust lineup of engines, gets slightly better fuel economy, has roomier rear seats, and has more impressive tech features.

While the Civic is the winner of this comparison, the Toyota Corolla still has a lot of qualities that make it a good choice in the compact segment. It’s more affordable than the Civic, comes with a more powerful standard engine, and is available with AWD in the sporty Corolla GR trim. Toyota also offers the Corolla in an efficient hybrid trim, which isn’t available in the Civic lineup.

We recommend looking into both compact vehicles and weighing the pros and cons of each model to make your decision.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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