Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic are both small sedans big on features sought after for every commute and road trip here in southwest Louisiana. But how do they compare in action? Check out the head-to-head here at Lake Charles Toyota. We think you'll see that it's Toyota Corolla that comes out on top.
Toyota Corolla offers a more powerful and confident drive than Honda Civic. Though the 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4 engine in the Honda Civic LX base trim pulls ahead of the 139-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder in Toyota Corolla L, LE, and XLE, there's a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force I4 capable of 169 horsepower in Toyota Corolla SE and XSE. You have to rise to the Honda Civic midrange to get comparable horsepower.
Toyota Corolla makes a Hybrid LE trim available, with a Hybrid Synergy Drive system for high energy efficiency. Honda Civic doesn't offer a hybrid trim option.
Toyota Corolla is more economical with fuel than Honda Civic. It can achieve up to 31 city mpg, 40 highway mpg, and 34 combined mpg with a gas engine and up to 53 mpg city, 52 mpg highway, and 52 mpg combined in the Hybrid LE trim. Honda Civic can only get up to 25 mpg, 36 mpg, and 29 mpg respectively at base with the standard manual transmission in base trims. Opt for the available CVT, and fuel efficiency's still only a respective 30 mpg, 38 mpg, and 33 mpg. Even in later trims, ratings are still only up to 32 mpg, 42 mpg, and 36 mpg.
Toyota Corolla offers more in the way of safety and driver-assistance features than Honda Civic. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a suite of smart driver aids, and the Toyota Star Safety System, a series of passive security technologies, come standard. Plus, an adaptive front-lighting system comes standard in XLE and later to intelligently light the way. A comparable system, Honda Sensing, comes standard in Honda Civic, but it's less comprehensive, and the car doesn't offer an adaptive front-light system.
Toyota Corolla has more options when it comes to accommodations than Honda Civic. Fabric, premium fabric, premium sport fabric, and resilient SofTex-trimmed seating are available. Plus, you can get seats that are heated up front in XLE and XSE trims. Only leather is available at the top of the Honda Civic line, and you won't find a high-durability option.
Toyota Corolla is better-equipped tech-wise than Honda Civic. Choose between 7- and 8-inch touchscreens. Apple CarPlay comes standard to let you connect a smartphone and access its features from one. Qi-compatible wireless charging is available to keep compatible devices energized and ready to go, as is Wi-Fi Connect to allow getting on the Internet. HD Radio and SiriusXM options play loudly and clearly through a selection of six- or JBL nine-speaker audio. Plus, optional Dynamic Navigation simplifies getting between destinations. The infotainment system in Honda Civic measures just 5 inches at base, and it rises to only 7 inches in later trims. To get Apple phone support, you'll have to graduate to the Sport trim or one later, and the car offers neither a wireless charger nor Wi-Fi.
These aren't the only ways our brand's flagship compact sedan bests the rest. Experience it firsthand here at our showroom and lot at 3905 Gerstner Memorial Drive. Contact our sales department to schedule a test drive, and we'll show you all it has to offer!