Head to Head: 2019 Toyota Corolla LE vs. 2019 Honda Civic LX

MY19 Corolla SE Driver Side Front 3/4 in Blue Crush Metallic.
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The Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic have a long history in the worldwide market. In this head to head comparison of the Corolla vs. Civic we will explore the advantages of the 2019 models of these cars. Starting with base grades, the 2019 Corolla LE starts at a lower MSRP than the 2019 Honda Civic LX with a manual transmission.

Both the Honda Civic LX and the Corolla LE come standard with impressive advanced active safety features. The Corolla LE includes Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) and the Civic LX has Honda Sensing®. Learn more about these active safety features in the next section below.

Published date: 11/16/2018

Head to Head Comparison: 2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Motion Shot: 7/8 Driverside action of 2019 Corolla SE on street.

Safety: Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Civic

The Corolla LE standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) includes four advanced safety features.


Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), the first of these features, compares to Honda Sensing®‘s Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)®.


The Corolla’s Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) compares to Honda Sensing®‘s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).


Every 2019 Corolla LE also comes with Automatic High Beams (AHB) , as does the 2019 Honda Civic LX include similar Auto High-Beam Headlights.


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) , the last of the four major TSS-P features, is comparable to Honda Sensing®‘s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow.

Side-angled view of the 2019 Toyota Corolla SE in Blue Crush Metallic parked on a city street with a young couple walking by.

Reliability: Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Both the Corolla and Civic are known for reliability and both are affordable. Let’s put them head-to-head.


The Corolla comes standard with ToyotaCare , a two-year or 25,000-mile no-cost scheduled maintenance plan that also comes with two years and unlimited miles of 24-hour complimentary roadside assistance . Restrictions apply. See Toyota dealer for details and exclusions.


Honda Care is offered on the Civic and also includes service and roadside assistance. But, these plans will cost extra and with different terms. Because service packages cost extra on the 2019 Civic LX, this makes the included warranty for the Toyota Corolla a significant advantage.


Toyota also has longevity and resale value advantages. Kelley Blue Book® recognized Toyota as the Best Resale Value Brand award winner in 2018 . Honda Civic received the Kelley Blue Book® 2018 Best Buy.


The Civic and Corolla have very similar basic and powertrain warranties. The 2019 Corolla LE and 2019 Civic LX both received 5-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Ratings.

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Man packing a 2019 Corolla SE interior using 60/40 split rear seats.

Interior: Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Corolla LE has notable advantages over the 2019 Civic LX. The 2019 Corolla LE boasts 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 Audio .


Both cars feature Bluetooth® connectivity and USB 2.0 ports . But, the 2019 Corolla LE also includes an AUX audio jack— a small, yet notable advantage.


The 2019 Corolla LE and 2019 Civic LX are equal in front legroom (42.3 in.), but the Corolla offers more legroom in the backseat than the Civic (41.4 in. vs. 37.4 in.). The 2019 Corolla LE also comes with a premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat. These thoughtful designs by Toyota offer much more adjustability for maximum comfort, especially when compared to the 2019 Civic LX’s standard 2-way manually adjustable driver’s seat.


When it comes to storage capabilities, the Civic LX and the Corolla LE both offer functional cargo space and include 60/40 split fold-down rear seats that increase cargo volume .

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Running shot of 2019 Corolla XSE trailing behind 2019 Corolla LE on freeway or urban straight-away.

Conclusion: Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Civic Head to Head

The Corolla is one of the most reliable and best-selling cars on the market. The Corolla reputation is one reason why Toyota was Kelley Blue Book®’s 2018 Best Resale Value Awards: Best Brand . The 2018 Civic did earn itself a Kelley Blue Book® 2018 Best Buy: Small Car award.


The Corolla vs. Civic has the same basic and powertrain warranties, but the Corolla option has more value. The 2019 Corolla LE comes with ToyotaCare , a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles. Also included with the Corolla is 24-hour complimentary roadside assistance for two years and unlimited miles. See a Toyota dealer for details and exclusions. Honda offers similar maintenance plans for the 2019 Civic LX, but these come at an additional cost and with terms ranging from five years or 60,000 miles to eight years or 120,000 miles.


All 2019 Corolla trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) .


Honda Sensing is a registered trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Kelley Blue Book® is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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