Shopping for a compact sedan used to be a lot more difficult. In recent years, as the general public seems to have made a mass exodus to crossovers whenever they need a compact car, fewer compact sedans have been made. Two automakers continue to struggle against each other to capture as much of the compact sedan market as possible, Honda and Toyota.
Both the Honda Civic Sedan and the Toyota Corolla Sedan have been around for years, and both have their loyal fans, but for undecided newcomers, it may be difficult to decide. Aside from being in the same class in terms of size, both come from major Japanese automakers and share many values like dependability, technology, and safety. To decide, one must know where the two sedans differ. The table below compares the two vehicles against each other in a few key categories.
2021 Honda Civic Sedan
2021 Toyota Corolla
|2.0L 4-Cylinder Engine with 158 Horsepower or |
1.5L Turbo Engine with 174 Horsepower
|Engine Options||1..8L 4-Cylinder Engine with 139 Horsepower or|
2.0L 4-Cylinder Engine with 169 Horsepower
|Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic (CVT)||Transmission||Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic (CVT) or 6-Speed Manual|
|15.1 Cubic Feet (LX Trim)||Cargo Space||13.1 Cubic Feet (LE Trim)|
The most significant differences to come out of this comparison are all engine-related. The Corolla has no turbo option and underperforms in terms of horsepower against the respective equal on the Honda side. The Honda excels in a direct comparison of torque as well, against the respective equal from Toyota. This makes the Civic a better option for those who favor more responsive acceleration and handling. The improvement in cargo space over the Corolla is nothing to balk at either. Overall, the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan has many advantages, but none have as much of an impact as its engine options.