The compact sedan class is one of the most competitive in the automotive arena, and the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are perhaps the most familiar names across the board. Both nameplates have been around for decades, but the misconception that the Civic and Corolla are equal in quality quickly falls away when comparing the two. Over the years, the Honda Civic has developed a loyal customer base that expects reliability, performance, superior reputation and resale value—all areas in which the Corolla simply can’t compete. Let’s take a detailed look the 2017 Civic vs. Corolla to see why Honda’s car is such a powerhouse.
Across the board, in the categories of safety, fuel efficiency, cargo space, and performance, the 2017 Honda Civic is the clear winner. The car that turned a motorcycle company into a global auto manufacturer is now in its 10th generation (as of 2016), and there are no signs of stoppage. Honda’s commitment to state-of-the-art innovation in the Civic leads to a new and evolved design with each model release. Today’s Toyota Corolla, underneath all those touch-ups and refreshes, is basically an old platform that might as well have been redesigned during the Woodrow Wilson presidency.
Safety: Civic Gets the Edge
While both the 2017 Civic and Corolla received 5-star overall crash test ratings from the National Highway Safety Administration, the Corolla only managed 4 of 5 stars in the more rigorous Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) frontal crash and rollover testing. With tons of new Honda Sensing features in play, the Civic is the obvious winner when considering your passengers’ safety.
Cargo Space: A Roomy & Convenient Civic
Cargo space is a prime consideration for car shoppers. Both the new Civic and Corolla are available in 4-door and hatchback versions, but it’s the Civic that walks away with a “W” in this category. The Honda Civic offers a spacious 15.1-ft3 trunk compared to just 13.0 cubic feet for the Corolla. If you’ve got the frequent need to load up your flip-flops and towels for a trip to Cape Coral or Fort Myers beach, the Civic won’t disappoint.
Power & Performance: Civic Offers More Engines
The Honda Civic sedan is available with a choice of two engines, both of which are better performers than Toyota’s 132-hp, 1.8-liter I-4, which happens to be the only engine available for the Toyota Corolla.
Honda’s engine for the base model Civic is a 2.0-liter I-4, capable of churning out 158 horsepower and hitting 60 mph in 8.6 seconds (according to Motor Trend testing). Upgrading the Civic with the available 1.5-liter turbo-four power plant—this upgraded engine produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque—boosts acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds, which is quite an impressive feat for a compact sedan.
With no engine upgrades available, the Toyota Corolla is locked in at a paltry zero-to-sixty speed of 9.2 seconds. That’s an important number to consider when you think about merging onto a crowded I-75 during Ft. Myers rush hour. If you’re a thrill seeker, that sort of action might be enticing; for the rest of us, we’d prefer a vehicle that offers a bit more acceleration.
Fuel Efficiency: Civic Sips Gas like a Pro
Fuel efficiency is the one category where we might expect the Toyota Corolla to have an edge, but alas, fuel mileage is not the saving grace for the Corolla when pitted against the Honda Civic.
The base 2017 Honda Civic returns an EPA-estimated 31 city/40 highway mpg. Civic trims starting with the EX-T squeak out a bit more (32/34 mpg). The Corolla, which weighs less than the Civic, can’t match Honda’s car in this department. Even the 2017 Toyota Corolla LE Eco (the green-themed package) only manages an EPA-rated 30/40 mpg.
Driving Experience: Honda’s Bread ‘n Butter
“The whole car felt unduly coarse and unsophisticated.” Motor Trend really didn’t find the Corolla to be all that great, ranking it a lowly 6th out of 7 in their tests. The reasons for its low ranking are numerous, though it’s most likely due to a dated and obsolete 2008 platform that produces a bumpy drive.
“Ride quality in the Civic, from low speeds to freeway speeds, is very good. But crucially, it’s combined with decent body control, which means the Civic doesn’t fall apart dynamically when driven briskly through the twisties,” said Motor Trend Reviewer Angus Mackenzie.
Test Drive the Winning 2017 Civic in Naples, FL
It’s official: the all-new Civic is a beast, and it’s available for sale and lease right now at our Honda dealership near Fort Myers. Come take the 2017 Civic for a trip around your favorite Estero or Cape Coral streets. Call us at (239) 307-5064 or visit our Naples car dealer at 3707 Davis Blvd to begin your test driving adventure, ask about our current Honda offers, or view our other new Honda models for sale. We’re also donating a portion of every new Honda sold to Hurricane Irma relief, which means it’s an even better time to grab a deal on a new Civic in Naples.
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