Both Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have a long–standing reputation for reliability—and both are among the most popular compact cars sold in America. So how do you choose the vehicle that's right for you? From MSRP, Performance and Safety, to Interior Space, Standard Equipment and Optional Features, there’s a lot to consider. Corolla stacks up well against Civic with a stout list of standard features, more available options, superb audio and telematics, as well as an advantage in a few key interior dimensions. Take a closer look at the 2014 Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic and decide for yourself.

Overall Value

The 2014 Corolla offers competitive MSRP rates across every grade, and IntelliChoice estimates that over five-year’s time, Corolla will cost less than most of its primary competitors when considering depreciation, financing, insurance and maintenance. When comparing Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic, it should be noted that Corolla comes standard with ToyotaCare, which includes a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan and roadside assistance coverage for two years or 25,000 miles of ownership, whichever comes first. The service is performed by factory-trained technicians and helps to ensure the integrity and longevity of the vehicle. The addition of Toyota Care means better value and peace of mind over the long haul. Honda doesn’t include a similar complimentary service for Civic.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Corolla’s 1.8L I4 engine comes equipped with dual overhead camshafts and Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i). Incorporating lightweight pistons and a cooling water jacket spacer surrounding the cylinder walls, the design allows the engine to be lighter and more compact. Yet the engine still produces a spirited 132 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. Its efficient operation automatically adjusts valve timing across the engine’s full range of operation to maintain maximum power and achieve an EPA-estimated 27 city/34 highway mpg. Civic has a 1.8-liter, single overhead camshaft, aluminum-alloy i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine to produce 140 hp with an EPA-estimated 30 city/42 highway mpg. While Civic has a little more power than Corolla, its heavier weight offsets any advantage. In addition, Corolla expects to hold several impressive fuel economy estimates that’ll be tough for the competition to beat, particularly those of Corolla LE Eco, which features new Valvematic technology combined with a newly developed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Interior Flexibility

When you compare Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, there are similarities in the interior dimensions for both. The new Corolla's interior package has been dramatically improved in terms of passenger comfort, gaining considerable legroom for the rear seat occupants. Corolla also comes equipped with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for remarkable versatility. The seat folds down to reveal a pass-through to the trunk, increasing the amount of useful rear cargo space. This feature is only available on higher-priced Civic grades.

Exterior Styling

Corolla includes several exterior features that are unavailable on Honda Civic. The new Corolla is longer and wider than Civic, making for a sleeker, more dynamic presence. In addition, Corolla features bright Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlights, as well as an acoustic windshield that helps reduce cabin noise, and in back, a bright, stainless steel exhaust tip.

Available Audio System

While Corolla and Civic offer standard audio systems that are comparable, Corolla has optional Display Audio with Navigation and Entune® Apps Suite, which far exceeds what’s available from Honda, even when upgrading to more expensive Civic models. Its 6.1-in. touch-screen display is controlled via voice recognition or with steering-wheel mounted controls, providing customers with an easy-to-use interface, while offering some of the most advanced features on the road.

Connectivity

Corolla's available Entune® system features familiar apps, such as Yelp and Facebook Places, which allow occupants to check in with friends, order movie tickets, make dinner reservations, get restaurant reviews, find nearby points of interest, and listen to Pandora® and iHeartRadio. Drivers and passengers can also stay updated on stocks, sports, weather, traffic and fuel prices. Civic fails to offer a system this comprehensive.

More Features

One of the key selling points for Corolla is the host of optional features that will allow the customer to custom tailor the vehicle as they desire. While Civic does offer some similar options, buyers will have to move up to the more expensive grades to find them. Corolla also brings lots of extras to the party with its standard accessories. These are some of the included features that are included on the base trim of the 2014 Corolla: Power windows and door locks, LED headlights, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, and an adjustable driver’s seat. In addition, Corolla offers more flexibility overall since it’s available in four grades, as opposed to Civic, which offers three. Corolla also boasts Plus and Premium trim-level options for LE, LE Eco and S, and customers can select an engaging L or S Plus 6-speed MT. In short, it’s easier than ever to find a Corolla that fits virtually every lifestyle.

Summary

When comparing the 2014 Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic, there’s no question that Civic is a strong competitor for Corolla and, with its recent refresh, Honda is well repositioned in the category. However, the all-new 2014 Corolla offers an options list that gives customers exactly what they want. Add to that the technologies of Display Audio and Entune® Premium Audio, and Corolla is prepared to hold its ground against Civic.

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