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Compare 2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic 2020 Toyota Corolla Versus

2020 Honda Civic


2020 Toyota Corolla

2.0L 4cyl


1.8L 4cyl
30 city / 38 hwy*

Fuel Economy

30 city / 38 hwy*
158 HP


139 HP

Serving Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX

When payload demands are relatively light and best confined to their own spot so the passenger compartment can focus on passengers, the compact sedan is the right choice. Two outstanding examples of this category have to be the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. Between them, though, one is going to fulfill these demands better than the other. Let’s see who that’ll be.


Regardless of the engine quality in question, the 2020 Honda Civic outdoes the Corolla with any of them. Both sedans offer a basic workhorse engine, but the Civic’s 2-liter inline-4 block overpowers the 1.8-liter inline-4 offering in the Corolla by blasting 158 horsepower instead of just 139 horses. The Civic’s heavy duty alternative, a 1.5-liter turbo-4 hits 174 horsepower while the 2020 Corolla counterpart, a 2-liter inline-4, only attains 169 horsepower. Looking at fuel economy also leaves the Civic looking good with its highest achiever, the 1.5-liter turbo-4 hitched to a continuously variable transmission or CVT, getting 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The Toyota Corolla’s best results, the 2-liter inline-4 bound to a CVT, just manages 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

Interior Features

The 2020 Honda Civic gives some things and takes others away. The Civic gives its higher trims frills like a maximum of 10 speakers instead of just 9 in the Corolla, dual climate control not found in the Corolla, and heated rear seats also not available in the Corolla. What it takes away are collisions with ceilings, dashboards, and the other passengers by providing 39.3 inches of forward headroom instead of 38.3 inches like the Corolla does. Front legs can stretch out to 42.3 inches while back riders avoid seatbacks thanks to 37.4 inches of legroom. The 2020 Corolla only has 42 inches and 34.8 inches respectively. There’s not much shoulder rubbing in the Civic with 57 inches of shoulder room up front and 55 inches in back. It’s more crowded in the Corolla with 54 inches and 51.7 inches respectively. This rule also applies to the trunk with 15.1 cubic feet in the Civic topping the 13.1 cubic feet in the Corolla.


When it comes to safety testing results, the 2020 Civic results are a little more impressive than the 2020 Corrolla. The IIHS gave both vehicles the highest score of Good in all categories, The NHTSA, though, reached slightly different conclusions with a 5-star award to the Civic for rollover survivability while the 2020 Corolla only captured 4 stars. The current Corolla also falters a bit in braking comparisons by requiring 174 feet to stop from 70 mph while the 2020 Civic needs just 160 feet.


Compact in Name Only

For a compact sedan, the 2020 Honda Civic has a lot of leeway for both people and storage capacity. It also has ample safety, amenities, engine power, and fuel economy. Test drive the new Civic at our dealership today to experience the vehicle for yourself.



*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.