Most manufacturers are still producing at least one compact sedan, which can make for a crowded automotive segment and a tough decision when it comes time to buy. The 2021 Honda Civic and the 2021 Toyota Corolla are two of the most popular, reliable compacts on the market, and there’s a good chance you’re stuck trying to decide between these two competitors. Let’s take a look at these two compacts side-by-side to help you make the best decision.
The first few trims of the 2021 Honda Civic get their power from a 2.0-liter engine with 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The upper trims of the 2021 Civic get an upgrade with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces 174 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque.
Looking at the competition, the 2021 Corolla has a 1.8-liter engine with 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque with a CVT in the base trims. Upper trims of the Corolla offer a 2.0-liter engine with 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The 2021 Civic offers more power in every option without sacrificing the incredible fuel efficiency that make compact sedans so attractive.
It may be tempting to only look at what is offered in each trim level when you’re comparing cars, but the interior space is just as – if not more – important to consider. Although the Corolla has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto in the first trim while these features become standard in the second trim of the Civic, the Civic has far more interior space for passengers and cargo than the Corolla. You can always add features and amenities to a car, but you can’t add more space, which makes the Civic our winner again in this matchup.
Honda and Toyota were among the first mainstream automotive brands to include driver assistance features in their cars, and as such both the 2021 Civic and the 2021 Corolla come standard with well-rounded safety suites. The 2021 Civic offers a collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, a lane-keeping assist system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
In comparison, the 2021 Corolla offers a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, and adaptive cruise control. Though both compacts offer similar features, the Civic does have more features than the Corolla.
The Civic excels at offering a well-rounded list of features, great power, and stellar fuel efficiency, which is why it wins this tossup for us here at David Hobbs Honda. If you’re ready to cruise around Wisconsin in a Honda Civic of your own, you can find one for a great price when you shop with us at David Hobbs Honda. Check out our Civic inventory online then stop by our dealership for a test drive!