2019 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Honda Civic

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


Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris 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 Yaris’ 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 Yaris’ reliability 23 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Sedan:








1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/39 hwy



1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Civic Sedan



2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/36 hwy



2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy



Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/37 hwy



Touring 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Yaris uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Civic Hatchback Sport requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.


To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Yaris 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.

Suspension and Handling

The Yaris handles at .83 G’s, while the Civic Touring Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX’s (32.2 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The Yaris’ turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (32.2 feet vs. 37.8 feet).


The Toyota Yaris may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

The Yaris is 6.7 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Yaris is quieter than the Civic Sport Sedan (37 vs. 39 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris’ standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic LX Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.


The Yaris L/LE’s standard 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Yaris owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Yaris will cost $140 to $2405 less than the Civic over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Civic, including $62 less for a water pump, $72 less for a muffler, $12 less for front brake pads, $207 less for a starter, $362 less for a fuel pump, $65 less for a timing belt/chain and $6 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Yaris will be $1276 to $10224 less than for the Honda Civic.


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

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