Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic Toyota Corolla
Pricing $17,890 $18,700
Reliability (J.D. Power) 5 Year / 60,000 mi 3 Year / 36,000 mi
Fuel Economy (City / HWY) 30/38 MPG or 32/42 MPG 30 / 40 MPG


As the best-selling car in Canada for over 20 years, the Honda Civic has faced competitors from all brands and managed to come out on top, year after year.  Not one to rest on its laurels, Honda is forever improving the Civic, with the knowledge that the competition will never stop trying to claim the throne.

The closest competitor to the Civic has generally been the Toyota Corolla, so it is informative to compare the new 2019 version from Toyota to the 2019 Civic, and see whether they have what it takes to usurp the legendary Civic.

For those who value the driving experience, the Civic is the clear leader. With horsepower ranging from 158 to 174 ponies, it is the clear leader over the Corolla, which ranges from 139 to 169. With a choice of naturally aspirated or turbo-charged engines, the Civic also allows greater choice for the consumer taste. The sum is that Civic is the sportier car, with greater ability to execute highway passing situations, while enjoying winding mountain passes too.

The sportiness of the Civic is complemented by its usability. It offers a voluminous trunk, with up to 428 litres of cargo space versus the Corolla’s 371 litres. From weekly grocery runs, to family sport days, to moving furniture to packing enough luggage for long road trips, the Civic provides greater utility for the individual, couple or family.

While on those road trips– or simply to keep the kids occupied between stops– the Civic comes with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, while the Corolla is limited to Apple Carplay and Entune 3.0 Audio. Coupled with the Civic advantage of wifi tethering, which is lacking in Corolla, and the 2019 Civic is the clear leader in the technological and connectivity arms race. Imagine a road trip to Vancouver in this day and age, where your children DO NOT have the ability to connect their tablet-yikes!

On that road trip, or in traffic on city freeways, the modern driver wants to know the safety systems in their vehicle are state-of-the-art. And here too, the Civic outmatches the Corolla. While the Corolla offers the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system, the Civic outmatches it with the Honda Sensing Suite. Within those two systems, the Toyota offers no match for Civic’s Road Departure Mitigation System or the available LaneWatch blind spot display.

From driving enjoyment, to everyday utility, to modern connectivity and state-of-the-art safety, the 2019 Honda Civic is the clear winner in any comparison test with the 2019 Toyota Corolla…and any other car in its class. It’s no wonder it has been Canada’s best selling car for 21 years running, and the legend continues with the 2019 Honda Civic!