Despite buyers and some car manufacturers have abandoned passenger cars for SUVs, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla continue to exist and prosper. Both are, for a good cause, among the ten bestsellers in the first half of 2020. They are well-built and passenger-friendly and offer a large variety of technologies, including coming standard with many of the latest accident-avoiding driver-assist systems.
The actual generation of the Civic was presented in 2016 in sedan and coupe body styles. In 2017 Honda added a hatchback-style with Civic Si and Civic Type R trim editions. For the 2020 model year, the hatchback experienced some modest changes in style.
Toyota redesigned the Corolla's sedan with improved exterior and interior styling and added smartphone connectivity features and safety systems. The hatchback body style debuted in 2019 and still haven't seen significant changes.
And now we'll try to compare these two passenger cars depending on some categories.
Firstly, let's see what they have under the hood. Here, both cars have one similarity - their engines don't provide a better performance, but instead they offer better efficiency. The Civic comes with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that delivers 174 horsepower or a 2.0-liter inline-4 with different manual transmission versions. The best models of the Corolla (with hatchback) offer a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 169 horsepower. Both models have continuously variable, mission-oriented automatic transmissions. Although the Corolla is now superbly steering and has a comfortable, well-controlled ride, the Civic is a decent starting point for those who enjoy driving.
If you're interested in fuel economy ratings, both the Civic and Corolla are good at it. The Corolla with a 2.0-liter engine delivers up to 32 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. The Civic with a 1.5-liter turbo produces 31 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined.
Now we'll discuss the safety and technology features. The Honda Civic offers improved Honda Sensing Technologies that contain features to help safely change lanes, keep a safe following distance while using cruise control, and initiates emergency braking to mitigate a coming collision. The Toyota Corolla is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 that provides features to help avoid collision with pedestrians, warns if you sway from your lane or near the road edge, monitors road signs to warn about the speed limits, stop signs, and more.
As for the technology, the Civic equipped all trim editions, but the base, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Corolla offers regular Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. The Corolla also comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display, while the Civic is fitted with a 5-inch LCD. If your smartphone needs a charge, both sedans have regular Qi-compatible charging without a wire.
As both passenger cars have five-seating, they have some differences in cabin space. The Honda Civic provides enough space for passengers to feel relaxed and comfortable and extra cargo space to make sure there's nothing left behind. Just take a look:
Honda Civic has a cargo space of 46.2 cubic feet, headroom of 76.7 inches, and legroom of 78.3 inches.
The Toyota Corolla provides 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, 75,4 inches of headroom, and 76,8 inches of legroom.
Now you have an understanding of what these two passenger cars look like. So take a look and make a choice.