Since 1966, over 43 million Corollas have been sold worldwide. On the other hand, over 18 million Honda Civics have sold worldwide since 1973. Here, we’ll highlight the advantages of each compact car by comparing their latest models.
The Corolla has a long history and storied reputation -- just like Toyota.
Plus, Corolla continues to bring you more value: the 2019 Corolla LE has a lower starting MSRP12 than a 2019 Honda Civic LX with manual transmission.
When a 2019 Civic LX is equipped with a CVT transmission the starting MSRP is $1,115 more expensive than a 2019 Corolla LE.
Both vehicles come standard with advanced active safety features, the Corolla LE with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 and the Civic LX with Honda Sensing®. Descriptions of these advanced active safety features will be detailed in the next section on safety.
Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 includes four advanced safety features that can help safe driving practices. These features are:
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)20 alerts the driver, under certain conditions, if the vehicle begins to leave its lane. Steering Assist (SA) may make corrective steering inputs. This feature is similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)®.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)2322 can help to mitigate potential collisions using radar and an in-vehicle camera to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in front of you. Brake Assist (BA)28 may apply additional braking force. If not applied, brakes may automatically activate. These features are similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™).
Automatic High Beams (AHB)18 rely on an in-vehicle camera to detect headlights and taillights in front of you and then automatically toggles between high or low beams to provide the appropriate amount of light. The 2019 Honda Civic LX also comes with Auto High-Beam Headlights as a driver assistance technology feature.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)19 is designed to maintain a preset distance from a preceding vehicle and automatically slow your vehicle to maintain the preset distance. Once the slower vehicle is no longer in your lane, the system will resume your preset speed. This is similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow.
The 2019 Honda Civic LX now comes standard with the Honda Sensing® package.
In terms of passive safety features, one additional feature the 2019 Corolla LE has that the 2019 Civic LX lacks is the standard inclusion of driver knee airbags. Otherwise, these two vehicles have comparable passive safety features.
While the 2019 Civic LX safety ratings are not yet available, the 2019 Corolla LE and 2018 Civic LX both received 5-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Ratings26, and the Corolla was a 2018 and 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick40.
The Corolla and Civic are both fuel-efficient, affordable cars. But, which one can you really rely on?
Consider that, in 2016, Corolla celebrated its global 50th anniversary as one of the best-selling and most reliable cars of all time.
Today, the 2019 Corolla LE continues this tradition of quality and reliability with ToyotaCare11 standard, a two-year or 25,000-mile no-cost scheduled maintenance plan that also comes with two years and unlimited miles of 24-hour free roadside assistance38. Restrictions apply. See Toyota dealer for details and exclusions.
A comparable Honda Care service and roadside assistance plans will cost extra with terms ranging from five years or 60,000 miles to eight years or 120,000 miles depending on the Honda dealer.
This added warranty feature is a significant advantage for the 2019 Corolla LE as comparable service packages cost extra on the 2019 Civic LX.
Toyota also has advantages in terms of longevity and resale value. For example, Kelley Blue Book recognized Toyota as the Best Resale Value Brand award winner in 201841. For its part, a Kelley Blue Book 2018 Best Buy: Small Car award did go to the 2018 Honda Civic.
The Civic and Corolla otherwise have identical basic and powertrain warranties, and the 2019 Corolla LE and 2018 Civic LX also received a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Rating26. The 2019 Honda Civic has not yet been rated by the NHTSA.
The 2019 Corolla LE has notable advantages in interior features over the 2019 Civic LX.
To start, the 2019 Corolla LE comes with a bigger 6.1-in. touch-screen display than the 2019 Civic LX’s 5-in. color LCD screen. Plus, the Corolla LE comes with Entune™ Audio44. If you’re looking for a comprehensive upgrade package, the 2019 Corolla LE also offers an available Entune™ Audio Plus package with high-resolution 7.1-in. touch-screen display. No similar upgrade package is available for a 2019 Civic LX.
In terms of comfort, the 2019 Corolla LE and 2019 Civic LX have the same front legroom (42.3 in.), but the Corolla has more backseat legroom than the Civic (41.4 in. vs 37.4 in.). Another comfort advantage: the 2019 Corolla LE comes with a premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat. These thoughtful Toyota designs offer much more adjustability than the 2019 Civic LX’s standard 2-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. There are no details available on the adjustability of the 2019 Civic LX’s passenger seat.
In terms of storage, the Civic LX and the Corolla LE offer solid cargo space and include 60/40 split fold-down rear seats that increase cargo volume42.
The Corolla has been one of the most reliable and best-selling vehicles for more than 50 years. With over 43 million Corollas sold worldwide since 1966, this is a stylish and reliable compact car that drivers want to own.
This reputation may be one reason why Toyota was Kelley Blue Book’s 2018 Best Resale Value Awards: Best Brand41. The 2018 Civic did earn a Kelley Blue Book 2018 Best Buy: Small Car award.
Both compact cars have the same basic and powertrain warranties, but only the 2019 Corolla LE comes with ToyotaCare11, a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also included is 24-hour free roadside assistance38 for two years and unlimited miles. See a Toyota dealer for details and exclusions. Honda maintenance plans for the 2019 Civic LX cost extra with terms ranging from five years or 60,000 miles to eight years or 120,000 miles.
Backing up Toyota and Corolla’s history and reputation, all 2019 Corolla trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24.
Finally, the 2019 Corolla LE has a lower starting MSRP12 than a 2019 Civic LX with manual transmission and an even lower starting MSRP than a 2019 Civic LX with CVT.
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