Whenever a customer comes into our Honda dealership and they’re unsure which car is right for them, we recommend they write down the features they’re looking for and then separate the features that are must-haves from the features that are nice to haves. Every car buyer wants the most bang for their buck and when they know what they’re looking for it’s easier to get what they want.
But sometimes it’s not so easy, especially if you’re in the market for a compact car. The compact car segment is loaded with similar vehicles offering similar features across trim levels. The Honda Civic can look a lot like the Toyota Corolla, which can look a lot like the Chevy Cruze, which can look a lot like the Ford Focus and so on. From a distance these vehicle may look similar but take a close look at the details and you’ll notice there’s one vehicle that outshines the rest — the Honda Civic.
The 2018 Honda Civic sedan offers superior fuel efficiency, driving comfort, and cargo space all at one incredibly competitive price. Today let’s go over a few of the similarities and differences between the two heavy hitters in the compact car segment — the 2018 Honda Civic Sedan and the 2018 Toyota Corolla.
Both the Civic and Corolla have a 28mpg EPA-rating for city miles, but the Civic has a 40mpg EPA-rating for highway miles and the Corolla only has a 36mpg EPA-rating.
When it comes to power the Honda Civic outperforms the Toyota Corolla, offering up 158hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Corolla offers only 132hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.
A manual transmission comes standard on the Honda Civic Sedan but is not available on the Toyota Corolla.
Braking & Suspension
Here’s where you’ll see a lot of similarities between the Civic and Corolla. Both offer standard rear stabilizer bars, hill start assist, and variable assisted steering, and comparable turning diameters — 35.7 for the Civic and 35.6 for the Corolla.
Honda and Toyota are known for producing safe reliable vehicles, but even in this segment the Honda Civic outperforms. The Honda Civic received the top NHTSA 5-star rating in all crashworthiness tests, but the Toyota Corolla only received top marks in two tests, Rear Side Crash Test and Overall Side Barrier Crash.
Cargo & Interior Volume
Both the Honda Civic Sedan and the Toyota Corolla have seating for five, the difference is the Civic sedan offers more cargo volume and more interior passenger volume for more comfortable passengers.
See how the Honda Civic compares to other compact cars in its class and explore in detail the specs and features that make the Honda Civic different from the rest. If you have any questions about specific Honda Civic sedan features and would like to take a Honda Civic test drive, give us a call or stop by our Milpitas Honda dealership. While you’re here ask us about all the special offers we have going on now for Honda Civics and other great Honda models.