Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

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, Automotive Editor - August 30, 2021

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla continue to dominate sales in the compact car segment. It’s easy to see why. Both come with advanced safety features, have great fuel economy figures, are easy to drive, and offer comfortable interiors.

While the Civic and Corolla share a lot of similarities, there are quite a few differences that make one option a better choice for the majority of shoppers. If you’re cross-shopping these two vehicles, you might be wondering which model is the better option. We’ll answer that question in this comparison.

What the Toyota Corolla Gets Right

If you’re shopping on a budget, the Toyota Corolla is the clear choice over the Honda Civic. Pricing for the Corolla starts at $21,100 (with destination), which is $1,615 less than the Civic. With new car prices being higher than ever, being able to save money on a new vehicle is a good thing.

While the Civic’s gasoline engines offer better fuel economy figures than the Corolla’s, Toyota offers its small sedan with a hybrid powertrain. The Corolla Hybrid is rated at up to 52 mpg combined, making it one of the more efficient vehicles in the compact class.

Read Our Overview of the Toyota Corolla

What the Honda Civic Gets Right

For 2022, Honda has introduced an all-new Civic. The compact vehicle is larger than before, has more tech features than before, and has a more upscale design than before. On the inside, the Civic offers more space than the Corolla. Passengers will find more front headroom, front and rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and front and rear hip room. The Civic sedan also has more cargo space than the Corolla sedan with up to 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

On the tech front, the Civic is available with more high-tech features than the Corolla. Honda offers the Civic with a 9-inch touchscreen, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, and wireless smartphone compatibility. The largest touchscreen that’s available on the Corolla is an 8-inch unit.

Ignoring the high-performance Civic Type R, the Civic is still the better option when it comes to performance. The standard engine in the Civic is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower. The Corolla comes with a standard 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder. A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder is offered on the Civic that’s rated at 180 horsepower. The most powerful engine in the Corolla makes 169 hp.

Read Our Overview of the Honda Civic

Want a Sedan or a Hatchback?

In addition to coming out with an all-new Civic sedan for 2022, Honda also introduced a fully redesigned hatchback body style for the same model year. That vehicle benefits from a lot of the same changes as the sedan and is an even more well-rounded option than before.

While the Corolla hatchback is a better overall car than the Corolla sedan, it can't match the new Civic Hatchback. So, if you're looking for something with added versatility, the Civic Hatchback is still the better option.

Our Verdict

The full-redesign has resulted in a Honda Civic sedan that’s better in every way over the outgoing model. If it’s in your budget, the Civic is a far better option than the Corolla.

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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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