Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

Comparison: 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

Comparing two of the nation's best-selling sedans is tough when both have top safety ratings, refreshed styling, and great reliability and resale value.

However, Richmond drivers should know that there are some important differences between the 2017 Honda Civic and the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Read on to see how these two compact sedans compare, then visit our convenience Chester location for a test drive:

Performance

Honda Civic

The Civic has a cult following among driving enthusiasts, and it's not for naught. Sedan and hatchback models have two engine options. The base is a 2.0-liter inline-4 with a 6-speed manual transmission, making 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged option is a 1.5-liter inline-4 with the choice between a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, which makes up to 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque.

The Civic Si Coupe also has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission, but it makes an exhilarating 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque - not to mention an Adaptive Damper System and 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels.

Plus, Honda engineers didn't sacrifice power for fuel efficiency. According to EPA estimates, the Civic gets up to 32 MPG city and 42 MPG highway, depending on the model you choose*

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Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is a top choice among families, and its engine options reflect its conservative nature. The base powertrain is a 1.8-liter inline-4 with a continuously variable transmission, making 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. If you're looking for a little more pony power, you'll find a modest increase in the Corolla LE Eco, which has a 1.8-liter inline-4 with CVT, making 140 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.

According to EPA estimates, the 2017 Corolla's most efficient model gets 30 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.

Interior and Cargo

Honda Civic

The 2017 Civic comes available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote engine start, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Additionally, you have the option for front heated front and rear outboard seats, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed seating, rain-sensing wipers, and leather accents.

The cabin is spacious as well, with 39.3 inches of head room and 42.3 inches of leg room, while the trunk gives you a class-leading 15.1 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats upright.

Toyota Corolla

The 2017 Corolla is not available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated rear outboard seats, or leather trim. Upper trims do come equipped with Entune Audio Plus infotainment system, and SofTex seating, while the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology is standard on all models.

The Corolla has slightly more head room than the Civic, with 38.3 inches, but equal leg room with 42.3 inches. However, its trunk has just 13 cubic feet of cargo volume, giving the Civic yet another edge.

Pricing

Honda Civic

Starting at $18,780**

Toyota Corolla

Starting at $18,500 MSRP


*2016 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2016 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.