March 21, 2016

Civic vs. Corolla: Comparing the Most Popular Small Sedans

The compact sedan market is a very competitive market. Two of its top contenders are the 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Toyota Corolla. A meticulous comparison of these cars reveals that the Civic comes out on top in three major areas.

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Needless to say, efficiency is going to be one of the most important factors when anyone is considering a compact car. Honda knows this and this is why the Civic delivers such fantastic fuel economy at 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway*. That’s better than the Toyota Corolla’s 31/38 mpg.




Since the Honda Civic delivers far better fuel economy than the Toyota Corolla, you would expect the Corolla to win in the power department; however, this is not the case. The Honda Civic delivers 158 horsepower compared to the Corolla’s 132 horsepower.




Just because it’s a compact car doesn’t mean it can’t have plenty of interior space for passengers and cargo. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla share a similar volume of passenger space. However, when it comes to cargo space, the Civic beats the Corolla hands down. While the Corolla only has 13 cubic feet of cargo volume, the Civic features 15.1 cubic feet.


If you’re doing a 2016 Honda Civic vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla comparison, you’ll see that where it counts, the Civic makes for a smarter choice.


*27 city/40 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 6MT model. 31 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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