Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic

Make the Right Choice, the Toyota Corolla vs. the Honda Civic

When shopping for your next car in Modesto there are a lot of options, making it difficult to choose just one car right for your budget and lifestyle. One of the most common comparisons is between the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. These two compact cars are among the most popular on the market today. Both offer seating for up to five and reliable driving, but what's the difference? When making your next car purchase, we want to help make this a bit easier, which is why below we will discuss the major differences and why the Toyota Corolla comes out on top.



The Corolla features standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, that are made to specifically protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash in the event of an accident. The civic doesn't offer a whiplash protection system. The Toyota Corolla also has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help lessen secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Honda Civic doesn't offer a post-Collision braking system. The Corolla's driver alert monitor can detect an inattentive driver and give off warning sounds and suggest breaking, while the Civic does not offer these features.

Both models have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat-belt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning and rear-view camera.


You'll love what's offered with Toyota's warranty program. Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla for two years and 25,000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication, and any other required maintenance. Honda does not pay for scheduled maintenance for the Civic.

Fuel Economy and range

Overall the Toyota Corolla is a more efficient compact car. It gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This is in comparison to the Civics 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Although these are very close numbers, the Corolla will ultimately save you more money at the gas pump. To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel simpler, the Toyota Corolla uses regular unleaded gasoline. If you are considering the Honda Civic hatchback Sport, it requires premium for maximum efficiency, which usually costs 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.


The Toyota Corolla comes standard with an automatic transmission while on the Honda Civic an Automatic transmission costs extra. The Toyota Corolla has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts incredibly smooth. This feature keeps your car from jerking and lurching during downshifts, preventing potential loss of control during cornering, also not offered on the Civic.

Cargo and Capacity

When it comes to compact cars, every inch makes a difference. With the Toyota Corolla, you'll get a low lift-over truck design that makes loading and unloading easier. The Corolla's trunk lift-over height is 25.5-inches, while the Civics' lift-over is 26.8-inches. The Corolla's standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bigger and bulkier cargo items. The Civic LX Sedan's standard single piece folding seat is not as versatile making it more difficult to load up your gear.

Our dealership is just a quick drive from Turlock and Manteca. We want you to make the most informed decision when shopping for your next compact car. Overall the Toyota Corolla is the complete package from style to performance. We invite you to test drive a model today and experience the difference.


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