Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

While Honda has made a strong name as an automaker that puts performance, safety, and reliability at the forefront, shoppers are wise to compare models from multiple brands. We’re so confident in the cars we sell that we encourage comparison shopping, and will even do the homework for you.

For instance, we’ve compared the 2017 Honda Civic to the 2017 Toyota Corolla and compiled the results here for you. Richmond area drivers who want to see firsthand why the Civic is a top seller in Virginia should come take one for a test drive. In the meantime, check out our full comparison:

Performance

Honda Civic

The 2017 Civic – available as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback – has two engine options, and has been rated No. 1 in its class for horsepower. The base is a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. This model gets up to 31 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.

You also have the option to choose a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4, also with 6-speed manual or CVT, that makes up to 180 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its turbocharged mechanics, the bump in power doesn’t sacrifice gas mileage. According to EPA estimates, this model gets up to 32 MPG city and 42 MPG highway. The Civic SI has the same engine, but makes 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla, available only as a sedan, comes in eight trims: L, LE, XLE, LE Eco, SE, SE 6MT, 50th Anniversary Special Edition, and XSE. All models except the LE Eco are powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates that it gets up to 28 MPG city and 35 MPG highway*.

The LE Eco has a 1.8-liter inline-4 with Valvematic technology that makes 140 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. This model gets up to 30 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.

Safety and Tech

Honda Civic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Civic a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, earning five stars in all categories‡. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Honda Accord a Top Safety Pick, with similar best-possible scores across the board.

The Civic comes standard with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, multi-angle rearview camera with gridlines, and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, all models with automatic transmission are available with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technology, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Toyota Corolla

While the NHTSA also gave the Corolla a 5-Star Overall Rating, it earned just four points in tests for frontal crash and rollover. Meanwhile, the IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ title.

All models of the 2017 Corolla come with the Toyota Safety Sense P system, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Pricing

Honda Civic

Starting at $18,740**

Toyota Corolla

Starting at $18,500 MSRP

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2017 Honda Civic with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights.

  *2017 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2017 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

  **Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
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