Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Honda Civic

    2018 Toyota Corolla

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    96%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    67%

    Satisfactory

    Maybe buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    3 Ratings

    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings


    What’s better about the Honda?

    More power. The Civic comes with one of two engines and both have considerably more power than their counterparts in the Corolla. The base engine in the Civic is a 158-horsepower four-cylinder, which overshadows the 132 horsepower in most Corolla models (the Corolla LE Eco has 140 horsepower). The top three trims (out of five) on the Civic come with a 174-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that the Corolla can’t match.

    Better performer. In addition to a more powerful engine lineup, the Civic also trumps the Corolla in terms of driving excitement. Reviewers have praised the eagerness and smoothness of the Civic whereas the Corolla is generally regarded as far more dull to drive. Plus, the Civic can also be had in the performance-oriented Sport trim and the ultra-fast, 306-horsepower Type R.

    Greener. The Civic lineup boasts better fuel economy across the board than the Corolla. The base Civic is rated at 31/40/34 MPG city/highway/combined versus the Corolla’s 28/36/32 MPG rating. Even the turbocharged Civic models beat the Corolla thanks to a 32/42/36 MPG rating.


    What’s better about the Toyota?

    Better reliability. Consumer Reports not only gives the Corolla its coveted “Recommended” rating but it also rates the Corolla as a 5/5 for reliability; the Civic only gets a 3/5 – and no “Recommended” rating either.

    Better safety features. All models of the 2018 Corolla sedan come standard with active safety features like pre-collision warning and braking, lane-departure warning and prevention and adaptive cruise control. Many of these features are optional on the Civic, but they don’t come standard, save for the loaded Touring trim.


    Autolist’s take:

    You really can’t go wrong here. The Toyota Corolla has a better track record of reliability plus impressive standard safety features for an economy car. The Civic, meanwhile, has a better engine lineup, better efficiency and promises more fun in daily driving. If we were forced to pick between the two, we’re swayed by fun plus efficiency, so we say Buy the Civic.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Honda Civic

    2018 Toyota Corolla

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,135
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,171
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    30 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    36 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    35 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Honda Civic

    2018 Toyota Corolla

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    -
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    -
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Standard
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    -
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Honda Civic

    2018 Toyota Corolla

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    Standard
    Leather
    Standard
    Moonroof
    Standard
    Moonroof
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    -
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Android Auto
    -
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Honda Civic

    2018 Toyota Corolla

    Powertrain

    7-Speed Shiftable CVT
    Transmission
    7-Speed Shiftable CVT
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    180 HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    132 HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    162lb-ft @ 1700 RPM
    Torque
    128lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
    Torque
    I4
    Cylinders
    I4
    Cylinders