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Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla are two of the most popular compact cars on sale today. Both vehicles are available in sedan and hatchback body styles, are available in high-performance trims, and are available with hybrid powertrains. Shoppers looking to purchase a compact car may have trouble choosing between the two.

In this comparison, we’ll explore how the Civic stacks up to the Corolla when it comes to pricing, performance, fuel economy, interior design, tech features, cargo space, and reliability. In the end, we’ll name a winner that’s the better option for more shoppers.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Price

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Honda Civic prices start at $25,045 for the base sedan model and the most expensive Honda Civic sedan is the Si which costs $30,195. The Honda Civic hatchback is slightly more expensive, as it ranges from $26,045 to $45,890 for the Civic Type R.

The cheapest Toyota Corolla sedan is the LE which starts at $23,145 and the most expensive Toyota Corolla sedan is the XSE which costs $28,245. Pricing for the Toyota Corolla hatchback ranges from $24,600 to $46,235 for the GR Corolla Circuit Edition.

There’s a price difference of $1,900 in the Corolla’s favor when you consider entry-level sedans to one another. The Honda Civic Si is $1,950 more than the Toyota Corolla SE, making the Civic Sedan far more expensive than the Corolla Sedan.

It’s a similar situation when you compare hatchback models to one another, as there’s a price difference of $1,445 between the two models. Comparing high-performance trims to one another reveals a price difference of $345 with the Civic Type R being the cheaper option of the two.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Performance

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Honda offers the Civic with multiple engines. The base engine with the compact car is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower. A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 180 hp is available.

The sporty Civic Si trim comes with an upgraded version of the 1.5-liter turbo-four engine that makes 200 hp. The high-performance Civic Type R features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 315 hp. The Civic Type R can get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds

All Toyota Corolla models besides the sporty GR Corolla come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 169 hp. The performance-oriented GR Corolla features a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 300 hp. The GR Corolla comes with an adjustable all-wheel-drive system and can get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

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Both the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are available in hybrid models that are covered separately. The most efficient version of the Honda Civic features the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and is rated at up to 36 mpg combined.

The Toyota Corolla with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine can get up to 35 mpg combined. The EPA estimates that the Corolla will cost $1,550 to fill up annually, while the Civic will cost $1,500.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Comfort & Design

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With the Honda Civic, Honda gave the car a premium design that should appeal to a lot of shoppers. In comparison, the Toyota Corolla features a far more aggressive design with angular lines, sharp trim pieces, and more dramatic lighting.

Both compact sedans are similar in size to one another, though the Civic is slightly larger. The Civic is 184 inches long, 70.9 inches long, and 55.7 inches tall. The Corolla is 182.5 inches long, 70.1 inches wide, and 56.6 inches tall. The Civic’s larger size results in more passenger space, as the Civic has more front headroom, front and rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and front hip room than the Corolla.

In addition to having more interior space than the Corolla, the Civic also has more comfortable seats.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Interiors & Infotainment

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When it comes to tech features, both compact cars come with similar standard features. the Honda Civic comes with a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch touchscreen as standard. The Toyota Corolla features a 4.2-inch driver information display, an eight-inch touchscreen, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Civic is available with more impressive tech features. The car is available with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a nine-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless charging pad. The Corolla is available with a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Cargo Space

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When it comes to cargo capacity, the Honda Civic sedan has up to 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk. The Civic hatchback has a larger cargo area with up to 24.5 cubic feet of total cargo space.

The Toyota Corolla isn’t as spacious as the Civic. The sedan version has 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk, while the hatchback has up to 23 cubic feet of cargo space.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Reliability

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Based on Consumer Reports’ data, the Honda Civic is less reliable than the Toyota Corolla. The Civic ranks in 13th place in the organization’s ranking of 16 compact cars. It has a predicted reliability score of 60 out of 100 and a predicted owner satisfaction score of three out of five. The Civic got a below-average score of 40 out of 100 and the car’s in-car electronics got poor ratings for the 2022 model year.

In comparison, the Corolla is in 8th place in Consumer Reports’ ranking of 16 compact cars. The car has a predicted reliability score of 77 out of 100 and a predicted owner satisfaction score of three out of five. The Corolla received average scores of 54 and 55 out of 100 in Comfort and Value, respectively.

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla: Which is Better?

While the Honda Civic is the pricier of the two compact cars, it’s the winner in this comparison. It offers better performance, has slightly better fuel economy figures, has a larger cabin, comes with more comfortable seats, has more cargo capacity, and delivers a sportier experience with the available Civic Type R.

The Corolla may not win this comparison, but it's still a great option in the compact class. It’s more affordable than the Civic and has better reliability figures. It’s also available with AWD with the sporty GR Corolla.

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      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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