Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2018 Toyota Corolla Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

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2018 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Civic EX/EX-T/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 Corolla 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 Corolla 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

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 Corolla:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

176 lbs.

362 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

192/350 lbs.

314/513 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Compression

46 lbs.

78 lbs.

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

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Toyota Corolla:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

306 lbs.

412 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

68 G’s

70 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

765 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

727 lbs.

868 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Civic has a standard 500-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Civic has more powerful engines than the Corolla:




Civic 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

138 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Corolla 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

132 HP

128 lbs.-ft.

Corolla LE Eco 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

140 HP

126 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Civic is faster than the Toyota Corolla (automatics tested):


Civic 4 cyl.

Civic 1.5T


Corolla LE Eco

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

6.8 sec

9.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

15.3 sec

17.3 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

93 MPH

82.6 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/40 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual



31 city/42 hwy




2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

28 city/36 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto



32 city/42 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

Eco 1.8 4 cyl./Auto




29 city/38 hwy

Eco 16” Wheels/Auto




28 city/35 hwy

XSE 1.8 4 cyl./Auto

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Civic stops much shorter than the Corolla:





70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Corolla (215/55R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla L/LE Eco’s standard 65 series tires. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Corolla SE/XSE’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/LX-P/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla L/LE Eco. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Corolla SE/XSE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Corolla has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.

The Civic Sport Hatchback handles at .93 G’s, while the Corolla SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Civic Touring Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Corolla LE Eco (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Civic Sedan is 5.2 inches shorter than the Corolla, making the Civic easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Civic Touring Sedan is quieter than the Corolla SE (38 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Civic Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (15.1 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s front power windows 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 Corolla’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Civic the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Corolla 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 Corolla LE/LE Eco/S/Special Edition’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Civic’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Civic’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Civic and the Corolla 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 Corolla.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Civic owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Civic will cost $50 to $1720 less than the Corolla over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Civic than the Corolla, including $6 less for a water pump, $84 less for an alternator, $10 less for front brake pads, $92 less for fuel injection and $124 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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 Corolla isn’t in the top three.

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