2019 Honda Civic vs. 2019 Toyota 86

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota 86 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The 86’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 86 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Civic’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 86 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The 86 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Civic Sport Sedan/Sport Coupe/EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 86 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Civic and the 86 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Toyota 86:

 

Civic

86

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

25%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

263 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

192/350 lbs.

814/1004 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

265

361

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

135 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

92 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

445/224 lbs.

470/406 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the 86:

 

Civic

86

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

21 cm

22 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

4.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Toyota 86:

 

Civic

86

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 86 was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Civic has a standard 500-amp battery. The 86’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Civic has more powerful engines than the 86:

 

Torque

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

177 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Auto

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Manual

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Civic Hatchback Sport is faster than the Toyota 86 (manual transmissions tested):

 

Civic

86

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17 sec

17.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the 86:

 

 

Civic

86

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

25 city/35 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/38 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

 

Touring 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/37 hwy

n/a

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Civic Hatchback Sport for maximum performance). The 86 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 86 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Civic offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 86 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Civic stops much shorter than the 86:

 

Civic

86

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Civic Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

Suspension and Handling

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 86 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the 86 (106.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Civic LX/EX’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the 86’s (35.4 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Coupe a Compact car, while the 86 is rated a Minicompact.

The Civic has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 86 can only carry 4.

The Civic Coupe has 14.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 86 (91 vs. 76.5).

The Civic Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 6 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the 86.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 86 (12.1 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Hatchback easier. The Civic Hatchback’s trunk lift-over height is 22 inches, while the 86’s liftover is 25.8 inches.

The Civic Coupe/Hatchback/EX/EX/Touring’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 86’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

The Civic has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The 86 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A Smart Maintenance is standard on the Civic to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, radiator flush and transmission fluid replacement based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the 86.

Ergonomics

The Civic (except LX/Manual) has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 86 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the Civic the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 86 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 86’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Civic detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 86 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic has standard extendable sun visors. The 86 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Civic and the 86 offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 86.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Civic Sedan/Hatchback has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 86 doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 86 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Honda Civic comes in coupe, sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Toyota 86 isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the 86 because it costs $549 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the 86, including $87 less for a water pump, $298 less for a muffler, $39 less for front brake pads, $33 less for a starter, $392 less for fuel injection, $174 less for a fuel pump, $155 less for front struts, $120 less for a timing belt/chain and $291 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 86 isn’t in the top three.

The Civic Sport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2013.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The 86 has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Toyota 86 by over 76 to one during the 2018 model year.

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