2019 Toyota 86 vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the 86 and the Civic 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.


Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Civic.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 86’s warranty.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 86’s reliability 19 points higher than the Civic.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.


The 86 has more powerful engines than the Civic:




86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Auto

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Manual

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

Civic 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

138 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota 86 is faster than the Honda Civic 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.3 MPH

88 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Civic doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.


To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the 86 has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The Civic doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 86’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:



86 TRD Special Edition


Front Rotors

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

10.2 inches

The 86’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Civic are solid, not vented.

The 86 stops much shorter than the Civic:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The 86’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic LX’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 86 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Civic LX.


The 86 is 10.6 inches shorter than the Civic Coupe, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 86 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Civic. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


The 86’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Civic Coupe/LX doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 86 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 86 with a number “1” to “9” insurance rate while the Civic is rated higher at a number “10” rate.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota 86 and the Honda Civic, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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