2017 Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla | Tewksbury, MA

2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla: Which is Better?

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A prime example of the quasi-flawless design of the modernized sedan will allot its drivers with the following fundamental features: superb fuel economy specs, spacious and technologically adept interiors, enhanced safety features and technologies, and an overall compact exterior design that appeases drivers looking for a vehicle that’s both family-friendly and aesthetically alluring. Many vehicles simply do not qualify in all of these categories, and more often than not those that do qualify are not at all affordable. For many, shopping for their picture-perfect sedan can prove to be a heinous—if not a daunting—task. Two sedans, however, have proven their extraordinary worth in the automotive market: the 2017 Honda Civic and the 2017 Toyota Corolla. A tough question which you’re likely asking yourself now might be: which is better?

The Honda vs Toyota reliability paradigm isn’t easily solved.

So let’s find out which is better.

2017 Honda Civic  2017 Toyota Corolla
HORSEPOWER
  158 hp  132 hp
MILES PER GALLON (CITY/HWY)*
  28/40  28/36
TORQUE
  138 lbs-ft  128 lbs-ft
Performance Differences
Unfortunately, in terms of mechanical performance there is no surefire way of sugarcoating the competition. Here’s why:The Honda Civic offers its drivers with a 2.0-liter base engine, while the 2017 Corolla offers only a 1.4-liter engine. Not a significant difference, but look at this: the 2017 Civic also delivers a 158-horsepower engine, which compares dourly to the Corolla’s 132-horsepower engine.With a larger base engine and more horsepower, you might easily assume that the Honda Civic likely has lower fuel economy specs than the Toyota Corolla, but this notion is in fact false. The Civic boasts fuel economy specs of 28/40 MPG*, which compares to the Corolla’s 28/36 MPG* specs.To put this into perspective, consider it this way. The 2017 Civic has a fuel capacity of 12.4 gallons. If—in the scenario that you are purely operating the Civic on highways and are receiving an incredible 40 miles to the gallon—you are getting four more miles to the gallon than the Corolla, you gain almost fifty extra miles per every single tank of gas you use.Which is better? The numbers speak for themselves here.Differences in Interior FeaturesBoth sedans offer exceptional interiors, in terms of roominess, comfort, and overall design and technology. The Honda vs Toyota quality paradigm continues; yet one is a slight cut above the other.

In terms of interior aesthetics, the Honda Civic takes on a look of more concise sophistication, one of more resolution and simplicity. The center controls are lessened, yet still offer the same modern technology as the Corolla.

As for the spaciousness of their interiors, the Honda Civic delivers an extra inch of headroom, and over three extra inches of front shoulder and hip room, offering its drivers extended physical comfort. Considering that a sedan—sometimes known as a compact car—is already compact in its dimensions, interior space is not something to be taken lightly.

Differences in Safety Features

The 2017 Honda Civic earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)* and was awarded 2017 Best Buy of the Year among small cars according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com*.  The 2017 Civic received the highest possible rankings in tests performed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.

Both models offer the following standard safety features: anti-lock braking and anti-theft systems (however the anti-theft system on the Corolla isn’t available with the base model), child seat anchors, side/curtain airbags, traction/stability control, and basic 3yr./36,000-mile warranty packages.

Ultimately, the Honda vs Toyota reliability paradigm is a simple wonder.


When it comes to Honda vs Toyota quality, although the Honda Civic outranks the Toyota Corolla in terms of mechanical, interior, and safety features, it can be argued that both sedans are staple examples of the successful modernization of the sedan. Both vehicles are exceptionally affordable and stylishly attractive; why not see for yourself? Call or visit Atamian Honda today to schedule your test drive.

* 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT Automatic models. 31 city / 42 highway / 35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT Automatic models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

** The 2016 Civic, has been recognized by U.S. News as the Best Cars for the Money in the compact cars category due to their long-term value and quality. View U.S. News Best Cars at www.usnews.com/cars.

*** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

**** 2017 Accord Coupe, Civic Coupe and Civic Sedan models with Honda Sensing™ have been awarded the esteemed 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

***** The Honda Civic has been recognized by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com 2017 Best Buy of the Year among small cars.

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