Driving around the Washington, Pittsburgh, and McMurray areas demands as much comfort and safety as it does fuel efficiency. So, naturally, when drivers start looking for their next small sedan, they’ll want a car that possesses all three of these sought-after qualities.
In this comparison, our team at Washington Honda will examine both the 2017 Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla to determine which fits the bill.
When it comes to passenger protection, the 2017 Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla may appear to be evenly matched. Both vehicles have nabbed a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after all.1
However, these ratings can in large part be attributed to their crash-resistant structures. Each vehicle has been specially reinforced (with Advanced Compatibility Engineering™, in the case of the Civic), to both absorb and rebuff collision impacts.
However, when it comes to collision-preventing technologies, the Civic seems to have more options available than the Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla does include features like Lane Departure Warning and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. But the Honda Civic includes all these things, plus the available Road Departure Mitigation System and the Collision Mitigation Braking System™.
In terms of their size, the 2017 Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla are fairly similar. However, it’s clear that the Civic does have a bit of an edge over its competitor.
Both sedans offer roughly 97 cubic feet of passenger space. However, the Civic includes a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk—a noticeable improvement on the 13-cubic-foot trunk in the Corolla. The Civic also adds an extra inch of headroom, though legroom is the same in both vehicles.
Nevertheless, the entertainment arrays in the Civic and the Corolla are nearly the same. Both include features like Bluetooth® voice commands, USB and auxiliary connections, and color touchscreens.
When it comes to performance, we all want a fair blend of speed and efficiency. The 2017 Toyota Corolla tries to meet this standard, but its 1.8L 4-cylinder engine seems to come up a little short. It maintains an EPA-estimated 36 highway MPG and 28 city MPG, but it can only generate as much as 132 horsepower (hp) and 128 lb-ft of torque.
The 2017 Honda Civic, on the other hand, amps up both. With its larger 2.0L engine and continuously variable transmission, this powertrain maintains an EPA-estimated 40 highway MPG and 31 city MPG.2 Nevertheless, it also produces 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. Over time, those differences really stand out.
In terms of efficiency, power, and safety, it’s clear that the 2017 Toyota Corolla may leave some Washington, Pittsburgh, and McMurray drivers wanting more. The 2017 Honda Civic, on the other hand, should satisfy your every need.
To see what we mean, all you need to do is get behind the wheel of the Civic. Contact Washington Honda today to schedule your test drive!
1. With a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the sophistication of the 2017 Civic Sedan is matched only by its top ratings in safety.
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).
2. 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 and EX CVT 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 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.