2020 Corolla vs. 2019 Civic Comparison

Both the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic are legacy vehicles with long histories. The Toyota Corolla has been around since 1966 and the Honda Civic was first offered in the United States in 1973. Both vehicles have similar base MSRP prices, but the Corolla takes a slight edge in pricing: Corolla L CVT starts at $19,600 vs. Civic LX CVT which starts at $20,350. In terms of safety, Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of active safety systems, while Civic offers a similar plan with Honda Sensing®. In this legacy sedan head-to-head, we will take a closer look at how these two vehicles compare.

Published Date: 9/16/2019

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Performance

When the performance of the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic are compared, it becomes clear that the two vehicles are similar, but the Corolla takes the edge in horsepower, torque, and combined MPG when you compare Civic Sport and Corolla SE 6-speed manual trims. Not efficient enough for you? The Corolla offers a hybrid option. The 2019 Civic does not.

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Performance

  • 2020 Corolla L w/ standard CVT has EPA-estimated 30/38/33 MPG(city/hwy/comb).
  • 2019 Civic LX w/ upgraded M-CVT has identical EPA-estimated 30/38/33 MPG(city/hwy/comb).
  • 2020 Corolla SE has 169 hp vs. 158 hp for 2019 Civic Sport.
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Safety

While the Corolla and Civic have similar safety features, both the Corolla and the Civic have safety features that the other lacks.

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Safety

  • Every 2020 Corolla has Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • Every 2019 Civic has Honda Sensing®.
  • 2020 Corolla has knee airbags while the 2019 Civic does not.
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Interior

When comparing interior features, the Corolla takes the edge over the Civic with its updated design.

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Interior

  • Corolla has more backseat legroom (41.4 inches vs. 37.4 inches).
  • Civic and Corolla have similar front legroom (42.3 inches vs. Corolla’s 42.0 inches)
  • 2020 Corolla L comes with a 7-inch touch-screen display. 2019 Civic LX comes with 5-inch Color LCD display.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Civic

When it comes to performance, safety, and interior features, the 2020 Toyota Corolla and the 2019 Honda Civic share many qualities. However, the Corolla maintains an edge over its competition by offering some functional features that the Civic simply does not have.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Civic

  • 2020 Corolla has a hybrid engine option while 2019 Civic does not.
  • 2020 Corolla SE has better horsepower and EPA-estimated city MPG than 2019 Civic Sport.
  • 2020 Corolla L w/ CVT has a lower starting MSRP than the 2019 Civic LX w/ CVT ($19,600 vs. $20,350).
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