2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Toyota Corolla Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic

Horsepower

  158 hp

Engine Torque

  138 ft-lbs


2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla

Horsepower

  132 hp

Engine Torque

  128 ft-lbs

2018 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

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The compact car category is one of the most competitive on the market. Car buyers and auto enthusiasts are both attracted to the lengthy array of style options, affordability and sport-minded driving experiences that compact cars offer. You can truly make a compact car feel like a customized extension of yourself.

The 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Toyota Corolla are often mentioned in the same breath, but they’re actually quite different. According to U.S. News market data the 2018 Honda Civic is the number one rated compact car in America and the Corolla sits middle of the pack at #18. Yet, numbers only tell part of the story, so let’s take a closer look at the features

Interior

The interior of the 2018 Toyota Corolla features a leather-trimmed steering wheel on the mid-level and higher trims, but no leather seating to match. You’ll find three different leather trim options on the 2018 Honda Civic and even options for heated front seats on the EX, EX-L and Touring models. The 2018 Honda Civic also has a class-exclusive electric parking brake that activates with a button instead of yanking a cumbersome stick handle like the Toyota Corolla. When it comes to interior space, the 2018 Honda Civic has more front head, shoulder and hip room. The trunk is also larger. The 2018 Honda Civic sedan boasts 15.1 cubic feet, but the Toyota Corolla only has 13.

Performance

Compact cars are renowned for their zippy performance. So, let’s take a quick look at how these two cars matchup. The 2018 Honda Civic has a 1.5 Liter, turbocharged four cylinder engine that’s agile and punchy. When compared to the baseline 2018 Toyota Corolla’s inline-four, the Honda outperforms. The Civic gets 158 horsepower to the Corolla’s 132 hp and 138 lb. ft. or torque to the Corolla’s 128 lb. ft. The Toyota Corolla does have a second powertrain option, another 1.8 Liter, four cylinder engine with Valvematic technology. Yet, it doesn’t come close to the performance capabilities of the single scroll turbo that Honda offers. The EX-T model trim with manual transmission even improves the Civic’s performance to 174 horsepower and 167 lb. ft. of torque.

Top Model Trims

Both of these compact cars have a number of model trims and two high end trim levels. The 2018 Honda Civic has the Touring model and the 2018 Toyota Corolla has the ESE. Yet, the Toyota Corolla doesn’t offer nearly as much value at the top end of the spectrum. For example, the Honda Civic Touring model has chrome door handles and rain-sensing windshield wipers, but the Toyota Corolla doesn’t. The Touring model of the Civic has a 10 speaker sound system, but the Corolla ESE only has six speakers. The Touring model also has a more powerful engine as mentioned above.

It should be easy to pick a winner in this contest. The 2018 Honda Civic is consistent, versatile and simply fun to drive. There are so many options to help you make a Civic that’s truly all your own. So, what are you waiting for? The friendly staff at your local Honda dealer can walk you through all the features and put you behind the wheel of your favorite 2018 Honda Civic today.