Two Top Japanese Models – Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla
Fuel Economy: 28 City / 36 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $18,290
Inside the 2015 Honda Civic:
While Honda is adding some new models to their extensive lineup of vehicles, the Honda Civic remains a constant staple since 1972. The 2015 Civic is available in two body style configurations with a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan; both with 5 seat configuration. The base package includes a manual 1.8L four cylinder engine with a 28 City / 36 Hwy EPA rating. New in 2014, the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) option adds +1 City / +2 Hwy MPG due to automatically adjusting to the most efficient RPM levels. A Civic Hybrid option is available with a 1.5L 110hp engine with an EPA rating of 44 City / 47 Hwy. The hybrid is a bit pricey compared to the non-hybrid alternative. If you live in the states of California, New York, Utah or Oklahoma, you also have the option of driving a Civic that runs completely on natural gas; the first factory-built of it’s kind.
Inside the vehicle, its interior is full of many tech and safety features that come standard in all vehicles including a rear back-up camera, Lane Departure Warning and Forward-Collision Warning System. Honda carries over much of the great technology that won the Civic a 2014 IIHS Top Safety award. In addition to the plethora of safety features, Honda includes many fun-features standard on all Civics including Bluetooth integration, 7-inch display and EcoAssist which gives drivers a color rating to show how fuel efficient their driving habits are.
Fuel Economy: 28 City / 37
MSRP: Starting at $16,900
Inside the 2015 Toyota Corolla:
The Toyota Corolla is entering its 60th year of production and the sophomore year of a re-design that added several inches of making is an ultra spacious compact car. The Corolla is a sedan-only offering and comes from a Toyota camp that has a long history of producing a wide range of fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the hood of the 2015 Corolla is a 1.8L 132hp engine with a 28 City / 37 Hwy EPA fuel rating. An additional 1.8L engine is available that gives the same driving experience and fuel economy, yet pushes an added 8 ponies, to 140 horsepower. For additional fuel economy, look to the Eco option with boasts a highway rating of 40+ MPG. The Corolla is lack-luster in the offerings available to environmentally friendly car buyers, although the price point of the Corolla rings in significantly lower than the Civic.
The Corolla comes equipped with many standard features and include LED low-beam headlights, steering wheel smart phone integration and eight airbag package to protect your most precious cargo. The 2014 Corolla received a 5 Star Safety rating from the NHTSA, with the 2015 model carrying over Toyota’s safety features. The look of the 2015 Corolla has been updated and appears to be what can only be described as “aggressively athletic.” While the interior may not be jam-packed with as many safety features as other comparable vehicles, the infotainment center is top notch and includes the Entune system with app integration to link your favorite smart phone applications to your vehicle.
Our Pick for Winner:
Base Model: Honda Civic
While the Corolla has one of the best crash test ratings in their vehicle class, the Civic has those standard safety features that consumers are looking for when buying a family vehicle. Although the Civic rings the register at a few grand higher than the Corolla, the standard back-up camera alone is worth the additional investment.
Upgrades: Honda Civic
While Toyota is the one of the leading manufacturer of hybrids, they have yet to add the Corolla to their list of hybrid offerings. The Civic comes with a hybrid option and a 100% natural gas offering, albeit you pay a serious premium for these two options.
The Corolla is a premium vehicle that sticks out like a weed on a freshly groomed lawn in terms of vehicles within its price point. However, the Toyota Corolla has missed out on significant upgrades over the years to make it a top contender. The Civic is an industry leader in terms of safety features and has racked up more awards than the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers in the process. In this particular matchup, the Civic reigns king.