Honda fans know that when it comes to the competition, Toyota vehicles are where the comparisons inevitably begin. A Honda v. Toyota match-up is always fun! We recently took a Honda CR-V and stacked it up against the Toyota RAV4. In this Honda Laura video, we break down the similarities and differences between a 2017 Honda Civic LX, courtesy of Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk, and the 2017 Toyota Corolla LE Eco, courtesy of Herb Chambers Toyota of Auburn.
While both base-model compact, economy sedans are offered with similar MSRPs around $19,000, what becomes obvious as we look closer is that both Honda and Toyota decided to allocate spending in different areas. What the Civic has, the Corolla doesn’t. And vice versa. Let’s take a look.
Let’s start with what you’ll find on both of these cars. That includes daytime running lights, LED brake lights, body-colored mirrors and door pulls, and standard back-up cameras. For the exterior, there’s more differences than similarities. It all starts with that front grill. Whereas the Civic offers a sleek, modern, chrome-filled grilled, the Corolla stares down the road with a large wide-mouth, piano black one.
- The Civic comes with 16” steel wheels, while the Corolla sits on 15”.
- Corolla offers heated side mirrors and a decklid spoiler
- Civic has chrome accents along the windows and projector beam halogen headlights.
Under the Hood:
Let’s keep it simple and just look at the stats, side-by-side, on the powertrains for both vehicles.
- 2.0L, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC Earthdreams technology engine, yielding 158 HP
- CVT transmission
- Fuel economy ratings: 31 mpg city, 40 highway, 34 combined
- 1.8L, 4-cylinder, Valvematic engine, yielding 140 HP
- CVT transmission
- Fuel economy: 30 mpg city, 40 highway, 34 combined
Just like the exterior, the interiors between the Civic and the Corolla are wildly different. Drivers that enjoy sitting low and enclosed will prefer the Civic. Corolla drivers will prefer a more wide open seating area, sitting higher up, with a raised, flat dashboard. Both models include a basic gauge and instrument cluster, as well as a basic audio system that includes AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connections, (CD players are out), and digital climate controls. And the back seats are both comfy with plenty of leg, shoulder and head room.
More of what’s different:
- Honda’s interior, even on the base models, include high quality, soft-touch materials, with contrasting colors and brushed metal accents, giving it a high-end feel.
- A large center console with tons of storage space.
- Electronic parking brake and Econ system.
- Fold-down rear seats with 15.1 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk.
- The Toyota interior has a modern, clean feel, with sporty styling, including blue accents on the gauge cluster.
- All Toyota Corollas, all trim levels, now come with Toyota Safety Sense has a standard feature.
- A smaller center console and storage unit, but the back seat comes with it’s own fold-down armrest and cup holders.
- The back seat offers a 60/40 fold-down split option, and 13 cubic feet of storage in the trunk.
When Honda Laura took both cars out for a test drive, additional differences in their handling became clear as well. The Civic engine is quick and responsive, even with its 2.0L engine, but the Corolla offers a more solid and firm-feeling ride. If you want to sit low and feel enclosed in the cockpit of the vehicle, the Civic is your choice. For a roomier experience, with greater arm, leg and shoulder room, sitting higher to see over the flat dash, go with the Corolla.
Bottom line, this is a win-win match-up. If you like where Honda choose to go with their options, the Civic wins. If Toyota’s focus and styling is up your alley, the Corolla will take the prize. Both cars offer plenty of bang for their small MSRP sticker price. Make your choice, then head over to my friends at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk or Herb Chambers Toyota of Auburn and let them set you up with your next ride.
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