Honda and Toyota have been battling for automotive supremacy for decades. Like two world superpowers, these Japanese automotive giants have taken their best shots at one another as they compete for the attention and bank accounts of the car-buying public.
Certainly one of the most hotly contested battles between these two manufacturers is the epic contest between their top-selling compact four-door sedans, the 2017 Honda Civic and the 2017 Toyota Corolla.
Both are worthy adversaries. The Civic and Corolla are closely matched regarding features, size, performance, and other factors. But in the final analysis, one vehicle definitely stands out.
We compared the new 2017 Civic LX and 2017 Corolla LE side-by-side to see which of these popular cars has the edge.
Civic Style Vs. Corolla Blandness
Put these two cars next to one another, and you’ll immediately notice a difference. The Civic takes to the streets in a recently refreshed design that’s more bold, audacious, and sportier than its competitor. We’re not the only ones praising the Civic’s obvious good looks. Here’s what TheCarConnection.com’s Senior Editor John Voelcker has to say: “The Toyota Corolla has long been known for design that’s the purest vanilla.” He also observes that “The Civic sedan is simply the best-looking Honda in a decade or more with an edgy fastback profile…” He adds that the Civic “…would not look out of place in an Acura showroom.”
Bland versus bold. We think the Civic is the clear winner here.
Civic’s More Refined Cabin
While Toyota has worked to improve the “rental car” feel of the Corolla, the car’s interior still just doesn’t quite match the Civic’s more refined cabin. While interior dimensions are a tossup, the Civic uses its interior volume better, giving passengers plenty of room to stretch out, both fore and aft. Although the Corolla’s interior quality has improved somewhat, it’s nowhere near the level of quality you’ll find in the Civic. In fact, Marty Padgett of TheCarConnection.com compares the Civic’s interior design to that of a BMW, stating “It adopts a broad, horizontal theme, not unlike recent BMWs in the bow and swell of major trim pieces.”
Civic’s Infotainment Technology Better Than Corolla’s
Technology is a big seller in cars these days. To be competitive, you need to offer a comprehensive array of high-tech equipment. Toyota offers its in-house Entune™ App Suite, which features the type of tech you’ve come to expect these days, such as Bluetooth®, navigation, and its own suite of apps. The Corolla also has a 7-inch touchscreen display that’s similar to the Honda’s.
But that’s where the similarity ends because you won’t find Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on the Corolla, but you will on the Civic. Many automotive reviewers and industry watchers have been puzzled by Toyota’s slowness to adapt this technology that allows you to easily connect your compatible iPhone® or Android smartphone and use many of their useful functions with ease. Advantage Honda.
Civic Performs & Handles Better
Most Corollas have a rather anemic 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine under the hood making 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The Civic counters with a standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that generates 158-hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. But if you really want to put the Corolla to shame, then opt for the Civic’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that packs a walloping 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. It simply leave the Corolla, which doesn’t offer a turbo, in the dust.
While Toyota will go to great lengths to convince people that the 2017 Corolla is sporty and fun to drive with such features as “Sport Mode” and paddle shifters, you’ll find that the Civic simply runs circles around the Corolla with its more precise, agile, and sport-tuned suspension. As TheCarConnection.com’s John Voelcker puts it, “On the road, most models in the Corolla lineup remain a bit springy and pillowy, with steering that’s too light for anything but demure driving. They’re competent, predictable, and unexciting.”
Demure. Unexciting. Sounds like a big “ho-hum” to us.
The Civic, on the other hand, has been getting some rave reviews for its handling and available hydraulic suspension that Voelcker says delivers “…wonderfully compliant, composed ride quality and excellent tracking.”
Score another big win for the Civic.
Another area where the 2017 Honda Civic LX CVT for sale at your Central Ohio Honda Dealers beats the Corolla is fuel economy. When you compare the Civic’s 158 hp mill with the Corolla’s 1.8-liter engine, you’ll find that the Civic gets up to an EPA-estimated* 31 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. This compares favorably to the Corolla, which gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. While you may be able to squeeze a couple more highway gallons out of the Corolla, you’ll miss the Civic’s more vigorous and powerful engine, that’s for sure.
Civic A Safety Leader
Safety is another big plus for the 2017 Civic, which offers a standard rear backup camera with guidelines just for starters. The Civic’s advanced available Honda Sensing™ safety suite includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. The Civic’s exclusive ACE™ energy-absorbing body structure and multiple “SmarttVent®” airbags. Honda Lane Watch™ utilizes a small camera that displays nearly 4 times more visibility than the passenger mirror alone.
The Corolla offers a similar complement of available safety features called the “Star Safety System.” Both the Civic and the Corolla earn high industry safety ratings. The Civic garners the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation while the Corolla falls a bit short of the mark, earning just a “Marginal” score on the IIHS’s “small overlap” frontal crash test.
Civic Gets The Prize
By now it should be pretty clear that the 2017 Civic LX CVT outguns and outperforms the comparably equipped 2017 Toyota Corolla LE CVT in just about every category. But there’s one last thing that puts the Civic over the top: The 2016 Honda Civic was named Car of the Year by AutoGuide.com. And a panel of international journalists named Civic North American Car of the Year at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Plus, The Civic is also a Kelly Blue Book (kbb.com) 2016 Best Buy Award Overall Winner and is rated by kbb.com as one of the 16 best family cars of 2016.
We’ll let Mr. Voelcker of TheCarConnection.com sum things up:
“A few years can make a world of difference in the fast-moving car world, and we rate the 2017 Honda Civic at 8.0 points versus a score of 6.8 for the 2017 Toyota Corolla. The Civic outdoes the Corolla for styling, performance, and safety. With a roomier interior, a return to its sportier side, and better fuel economy, it’s the better of the two compact sedans in our view.
Either of these compact sedans should provide years of reliable transportation—but the Civic will be more fun and comfortable, and better looking to boot.”
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*Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.