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2017 Honda Civic LX Sedan vs 2017 Toyota Corolla LE

2017 Honda

CIVIC LX SEDAN CVT
 

2017 Toyota

COROLLA LE CVT
 
PERFORMANCE
Yes158 HP No132
Yes138 Torque No128
Yes12.4 Fuel Capacity Yes13.2

2/3 Winner

  • Horse Power 100%
  • Torque 100%
  • Fuel Capacity 93.93%

44 years is a lot of time. 44 years ago, the Watergate Scandal broke. Bobby Fischer began his domination of the chess world. And Honda began its domination of the compact car segment with the introduction of the Honda Civic.

Since then, the Civic and the Toyota Corolla have been battling it out for the title of king of the compacts. Numerous other vehicles have thrown their hats into the ring over time, but year after year it has boiled down to these two. And almost every single year, the Corolla has come in a solid second place to the Civic. Is 2017 any different?

Not really.

Three-on-One Breakaway

The 2017 Toyota Corolla generally has certain words associated with it – “vanilla” and “beige” are two that come to mind. They’re really just kind ways of saying “boring.” The Corolla provides a single, four-door variant, with basic wheel styles, a muted color palette, and simple sheet metal. The one nod towards style is the corporate front fascia that tries to be futuristic, but really just highlights how boring the rest of the vehicle is.

We talk about the 2017 Honda Civic like it is a singular vehicle, but really, it’s three – the standard sedan, a two-door coupe, and a brand new four-door hatchback. Choice is great, isn’t it?

The Civic Sedan is the traditionalist of the bunch, featuring attractive lines, a pleasing fastback-light roofline, and hints of sportiness. An angular, modern front fascia angles seamlessly into creased sheet metal. The new Civic Hatchback offers an even sportier take up front, along with the hatchback roofline that offers more access. It stays away from the Civic Wagon look, which is a sigh of relief for all of us. The wild card is the 2017 Civic Coupe, with its two-door styling, shorter body, and rakish racer looks.

EFFICIENCY
Yes31 City MPG No28
Yes40 Highway MPG No36
Yes34 Combined Fuel Economy No32

 

3/3 Winner

  • City MPG 100%
  • Highway MPG 100%
  • Combined Fuel Economy 100%

A Kick in the Pants

You’re not expecting much out of the compact car segment when it comes to power – after all, it is a segment where efficiency and a low monthly payment are what draws the buyer to it. That doesn’t mean we need to settle for mundane, anemic performance, as the 2017 Honda Civic shows.

Under the hood of the Toyota Corolla is a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated engine making just 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. That’s about as boring as you can get. If you want a thrilling 8-horsepower upgrade, you can opt for the Valvematic engine in the LE ECO trim that also helps to improve fuel economy. Both offer slow acceleration, a plodding pace, and a comfortable yet boring ride. Thankfully, Toyota has finally euthanized the four-speed automatic it insisted on using up through the 2016 models, so that’s a plus. You get to choose from a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual, but in today’s upside-down world, the manual transmission is going to cost extra, and is limited to the SE trim only.

The 2017 Honda Civic comes with the option of either a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine or a turbocharged 1.5-liter mill. The 2.0-liter offering is your everyday, reliable, bulletproof powerplant, making 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. With predictable performance, perkiness off of the starting line and comfortable cruising capability, it is an all-around winner.

Drivers looking to throw their Civic around a little more will want to select the smaller, yet more powerful 1.5-liter. The output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque – 167 lb-ft if you opt for the six-speed manual – means you get that extra step off the line, and can easily overtake on the open road.

Usability
YesStandard Rearview Camera YesStandard
YesStandard Floor Mats NoOptional
Yes97.8 Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): No97.5
Yes15.1 Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): No13.0

3/4 Winner

  • Rearview Camera 50%
  • Floor Mats 100%
  • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 100%
  • Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 100%

Be Kind to Your Wallet

Historically, the Corolla has had one major advantage over the Civic – the less-powerful engine came with better fuel economy. Being stagnant has caught up with the Corolla though.

That 1.8-liter engine still returns 28 MPG around town and 36 MPG highway, although the numbers change a bit depending on the trims – the ECO trim with the Valvematic engine improves to 30 city and 40 highway, while the upper-level trims with more gear and a bit more weight in them drop to 35 miles per gallon on the open road. Opting for the sportiness of the six-speed manual will also rob you of a single MPG in the city or on the blacktop.

The 2017 Honda Civic has stepped up the economy in the standard 2.0-liter engine. With the six-speed manual, it achieves 28 miles per gallon around town and 40 MPG on the highway, while opting for the CVT raises the city number to 31 MPG. So even though it has more power, it is still more efficient than the ECO model of the Corolla. Switching to the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine bumps the economy to 31 MPG city and 42 MPG highway with the manual, or 32 MPG city and 42 MPG highway with the CVT.

No matter how you cut it, the 2017 Honda Civic will be cheaper to drive, day-in and day-out.

8/10 Winner

  • 8 out of 10 Winner 80%

“2016   KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars   AutoGuide Car of the Year KBB.com Overall Best Buy

2017 Honda Civic is the clear winner!

PSA

“The all-new compact is a return to the kind of car that made the Civic a favorite with generations of Americans: fun to drive, fuel efficient and good looking.” – The Detroit Free Press

“There’s nothing wrong with a good afternoon nap, of course, and the 39-plus-million Corollas sold thus far have provided countless reliable miles to their owners. But few have been fun.” – Car and Driver

Still the King

You can point to the design, the powertrain, or even the fuel efficiency of the 2017 Honda Civic as far as what makes it the king, but when it comes down to it, it is its character that continues to charms the car-buying public. It’s what has made past versions award winners and cherished family vehicles for generations. It is what has led journalists across the country to name it the North American Car of the Year in 2016.

Don’t listen to us when we tell you the Honda is the king of the compacts – listen to the overwhelming majority that is saying it.

 

Current Civic Incentives

2017  Civic Sedan

CVT LX

$149

Per month for 36 months

Featured Special Lease

$149.00 per month for 36 months. $2,699.00 total due at signing

Example closed end 36 month lease for 2017 Civic LX CVT Sedan (FC2F5HEW) available from 11/1/17 - 1/2/18, $149 per month, $2,699.00 total due at signing includes down payments with no security deposit. For well qualified lessees approved by Honda Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $20,430. (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $16,011.75. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution required and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $5,364.00. Option to purchase at lease end $11,236.50. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 1/2/18. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Honda dealer for details

2017  Civic Coupe

CVT LX

$149

Per month for 36 months

Featured Special Lease

$149.00 per month for 36 months. 2,699.00 total due at signing

Example closed end 36 month lease for 2017 Civic LX CVT Coupe (FC4B5HEW) available from 11/1/17 - 1/2/18, $149 per month, $2,699.00 total due at signing includes down payments with no security deposit. For well qualified lessees approved by Honda Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $20,840. (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $16,251.94. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution required and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $5,364.00. Option to purchase at lease end $11,045.20. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 1/2/18. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Honda dealer for details

2017  Civic

0.9 %

APR for 24-60 months

Special HFS A.P.R. Financing

0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9% APR for 61-72 months

Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2017 Models from 11/1/17 - 1/2/18, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Honda Financial Services through participating dealers. 0.9% for 24-60 Months. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by 1/2/18. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2017 Civic: 0.9% for 60 months financing at $17.05 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Honda dealer for details

2017  Civic Coupe

CVT LX

0.9 %

APR for 24-60 months

Special HFS A.P.R. Financing

0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9% APR for 61-72 months

Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2017 Civic Coupe Models from November 1, 2017 through January 2, 2018, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Honda Financial Services through participating dealers. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by January 2, 2018. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2017 Civic: 0.9% for 60 months financing at $17.05 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Honda dealer for details.

Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. Complete comparison details can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/tools/compare/models.aspx. Awards and accolade information can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/awards/

The 2016 Honda Civic is the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The 2016 Civic has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com[1]. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality. [1] For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The 2016 Honda Civic Sedan was awarded Car of the Year by Auto Guide1. [1] For more information, visit AutoGuide.com. AutoGuide.com is a registered trademark of Verticalscope Inc. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda Civic is the Overall Best Buy according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com1. [1] For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. [1] For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.