2020 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Honda Civic

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Safety

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The Corolla has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Civic doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Civic doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Civic doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Corolla 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla 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 17 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Corolla’s reliability 32 points higher than the Civic.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corolla second among compact cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Civic isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder is faster than the Honda Civic 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Corolla

Civic

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.9 sec

14.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

86.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Corolla

Civic

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

29 city/36 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

30 city/38 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/38 hwy

29 city/37 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/38 hwy

n/a

Transmission

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The Toyota Corolla comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Civic.

The Toyota Corolla has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Civic doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corolla stops shorter than the Civic:

Corolla

Civic

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Corolla XSE handles at .83 G’s, while the Civic Sport Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corolla’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Civic LX/EX’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The Corolla’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Civic Sport/Sport Touring’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Cargo Capacity

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The Corolla’s 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.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Corolla and the Civic have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Civic prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Corolla’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Civic’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla XLE/XSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Civic doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Corolla owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Corolla with a number “3” insurance rate while the Civic is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla than the Civic, including $19 less for a water pump, $201 less for a starter, $68 less for a fuel pump, $12 less for front struts and $42 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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