The 2021 Honda Civic is a compact car that comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Civic continues to be one of the most popular vehicles at dealerships like the Yerba Buena Honda dealer. The Civic combines a roomy cabin, excellent handling, outstanding fuel economy, and a wide array of advanced safety features.
Many buyers looking for a compact car may also be considering the 2021 Toyota Corolla, another compact that features sedan and hatch models. If you’re buying a vehicle in this segment, read our comparison review as we look at these two models head-to-head.
Both models have upgraded engines. The Civic offers a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Corolla’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is only good for 169 hp and 151 lb-ft. The Honda Civic also comes in a performance-oriented Type R model.
In Motor Trend’s testing, the Civic’s base engine sprinted to 60 mph from off the line in 7.8 seconds, while the Corolla took 10.3 seconds to make the trip. The Civic’s upgraded engine made the sprint in 6.8 seconds vs. 7.8 seconds for the Corolla.
Buying a fuel-efficient vehicle will save you money at the gas pump. The Civic gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of up to 32 mpg city/42 mpg highway for the 1.5-liter turbo-four.* The Corolla’s best fuel economy figures are 31 mpg city/40 mpg highway for the 2.0-liter four-banger in the SE trim level with automatic transmission.
The Honda Civic offers drivers poised handling, thanks, in part to an independent rear suspension. The Civic glides over bumps in the road and uneven road surfaces, while the Corolla will have you rocking and rolling when it hits a bump. The Civic is one of the few models in its class that are fun to drive.
The 2021 Civic’s cabin has higher-quality materials and upscale styling. The 2021 Corolla’s interior design isn’t as stylish as the Civic and is full of hard plastic.
The 2021 Honda Civic and 2021 Toyota Corolla both have the same 106.3-inch wheelbase, but the Civic provides more cabin space. The Civic has 42.3 inches of front leg room and 37.4 inches in the rear. The Corolla only has 42 inches in the front and 34.8 inches in the rear. The Civic also has more space in the trunk, with 15.1 cubic feet, compared to just 13.1 cubic feet for the Corolla.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla is a popular car, and many people like it. But when you examine the Corolla against the 2021 Honda Civic, the Corolla doesn’t measure up.