2022 Corolla vs. Civic Comparison

The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic fill highways, streets, and driveways. Their reputation for reliability is something that customers don't want to miss out on. Plus, these sporty sedans are fun to look at.

With its much-anticipated redesign, the 2022 Honda Civic elevates compact sedan style. The Toyota Corolla remains one of the most stylish vehicles in its class and has many more color options and models to choose from in 2022.

Looks aren't everything, however. The Corolla is also practical. Get a more fuel efficient drive with the Corolla Hybrid LE, which boasts an impressive EPA-estimated MPG fuel rating of 52 miles per gallon (combined). You won't find an available hybrid engine with the Honda Civic.

Find out what other standard features the 2022 Corolla and 2022 Civic have in this head-to-head comparison, and see which is the smartest compact car investment.

Published Date: 09/23/2021

2022 Corolla touchscreen display

Style & Comfort

  • The 2022 Corolla has 16 dynamic colors to choose from.
  • While both sedans have plenty of media apps, only the Corolla has standard Amazon Alexa compatibility and a Platinum Plan trial of SiriusXM®.
  • Only the Corolla has the special Nightshade and Apex Editions which give a stunning look like no other.

Sedans used to be seen as a safe but boring car option. Their previously boxy exteriors and bland paint colors weren't much to look at. The Corolla and Civic have made stylistic upgrades that take them from basic to bold.

Nightshade and Apex Editions

The redesigned Civic presents a total of eight bold new color choices with two premium colors, which are exclusively reserved for the more expensive Sport and Touring models. Find a palette that suits your personal style with the 2022 Corolla. There are now a grand total of 16 dynamic color choices, including eight two-toned combinations to choose from.

Fly under the radar in the subtle Corolla SE Nightshade Edition, which features standard all-black accents. From the black front grille with sport mesh insert to its 18-in. black-painted alloy wheels with performance tires, you'll be riding in a stealthy fashion. You can also expect little details like blacked-out badging and a standard single exhaust with dual chrome tips. The Civic Sport has standard 18-in. gloss black alloy wheels, body-colored power side mirrors, and a chrome exhaust finisher. Unlike the Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade, gloss-black emblems and a black wheel lug nut set will cost extra for the Civic.

Aside from style, the Corolla offers function. When you can't fit everything into the cargo space, the 2022 Corolla has a standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat. Only the more expensive Civic EX and Touring come with this convenient flexible configuration.

Both of these cars do have comparable tech features, though. They come standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility, as well as hands-free phone capability with music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology. All of these apps can be seen displayed on a standard 7-in. touchscreen in the Corolla L and Civic LX.

There is a difference when it comes to standard speakers and additional multimedia options, though. The 2022 Toyota Corolla L has six speakers, plus Amazon Alexa compatibility and a 3-month Platinum Plan trial subscription of SiriusXM®. Comparatively, the Civic LX only comes with four speakers and does not have these additional services.

White 2022 Corolla driving on a highway past a cityscape

Fuel Efficiency

  • The Corolla has a larger fuel tank capacity than the Civic.
  • Both the Corolla and the Civic have gas-saving tech to boost your mileage even further.
  • The Corolla has a hybrid model while the Civic doesn't.

A sedan might look stylish, but it's no good to you if it's constantly hidden behind a gas pump. Luckily, the Corolla has the fuel efficiency to go the distance.

Hybrid Model

The new Corolla and the Civic come with smart fuel-saving technology such as standard Auto Engine Shut Off in all 2022 Corolla models and Idle-Stop System in all 2022 Civic models. However, the Corolla boasts a larger fuel tank capacity at 13.2-gallons compared to the Civic’s 12.4-gallon fuel tank.

Unlike the new Honda Civic, the 2022 Toyota Corolla has a hybrid model. The Corolla Hybrid LE has outstanding fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 53/52/52 (city/highway/combined).

Black 2022 Corolla driving through the city at night

Safety & Reliability

  • The Corolla comes with 24-Hour Roadside Assistance and the ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance plan.
  • The Corolla XLE's Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) will cost you less than a comparable feature on the Civic EX.
  • More than BSM, all Corollas come with the standard active safety features of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).

Safety and reliability help you enjoy your sweet ride for a long time.

Standard Active Safety Features

Corolla owners will benefit from Toyota’s 24-Hour Roadside Assistance at no additional cost. It lasts for two years and unlimited miles.

Better yet, the 2022 Corolla delivers even more value with the ToyotaCare plan. This maintenance program lasts two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. While both vehicles have undeniable reputations as some of the most reliable cars on the road, this added perk for Toyota drivers means your return on investment is even better.

For those seeking advanced active safety features, rest assured that both the 2022 Corolla and Civic have impressive active safety suites.

When it comes to Blind Spot Monitoring, however, the Toyota pulls ahead. The Civic EX and Touring models have standard Blind Spot Information System (BSI), while the Corolla XLE and higher have standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). That translates to more comprehensive Blind Spot monitoring plus a lower MSRP when you go for the Corolla XLE over the Civic EX.

Isolated red 2022 Corolla

Conclusion: Corolla vs. Civic

  • If you want a hybrid, the Corolla LE Hybrid is the way to go. The Civic lacks a hybrid model entirely.
  • Both sedans come stacked with active safety features.
  • There is an option for everyone in the 2022 Corolla lineup.

The Corolla and Civic are some of the top competitors in their class. After placing their specs side by side, it's easy to see why they are popular choices for a variety of drivers.

As an Ultra and Super Low Emissions vehicle, the 2022 Corolla attracts customers looking for a more sustainable driving option. Plus, the available hybrid engine helps save on gas.

Impressively, the Corolla LE Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 53/52/52 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Civic doesn't currently offer a hybrid engine option.

The Honda Civic did step up its game for 2022 with long-awaited enhancements to its standard tech and safety features along with a sleek new exterior design. However, since the 2022 Toyota Corolla delivers more standard features and selection at a more attractive price, the Corolla is the clear winner and a smart compact car investment.