Like an epic galactic battle, the new 2016 Honda Civic faces off against the 2016 Toyota Corolla in a cosmic grudge match. Like two starships hurtling toward each other, the new 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 North American Car of the Year winner, throws down the gauntlet against the 2016 Corolla. According to the NAIAS, “The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.” Finalists for one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry included the Chevy Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The new Civic won hands-down with a score of 203 points, followed by the Malibu with 181 points, and the Miata with 146 points. But that’s just the beginning of the 2016 Civic’s relentless onslaught against the 2016 Corolla.

The Future Of Automotive Design

Honda designers set the bar high when crafting the new Civic’s award-winning aerodynamic shape garnering praise from automotive journalists like Marty Padgett of for being “one of the best-drawn, sleekest, most appealing shapes on the road.” The Civic’s “coupe-like” roofline extends as if it’s one gracefully curving line from the new Civic’s gently sloping hood to its expressive rear end. Signature “C-shaped” taillights and new available all- LED headlights accented with LED daytime running lights give the Civic Coupe model a fresh, contemporary look that Steve Siler of Car And Drive Magazine calls “fresh and futuristic.” Nevertheless, some auto industry pundits do agree that the Corolla also has its good points, calling the Corolla’s look more “daring and edgy” than in previous models.

A New Frontier Of Interior Space

When it comes to wide open interior spaces, the new 2016 Honda Civic comes out ahead with a completely redesigned and roomier interior that offers more head and legroom, as well as totally revamped instrumentation.’s Marty Padgett gives the new Civic’s redesigned interior kudos by saying that it “favorably compares to a BMW,” alluding to some of the Civic’s more upscale appointments, such as available heated seats for both front and rear passengers and power front row seats for the ultimate in personalized comfort.

The Tech Wars Winner

It may not have all of the light speed gadgetry of a futuristic space cruiser, but nevertheless, the new 2016 Honda Civic comes well-equipped with an array of the latest in cutting-edge infotainment technology that even the most ardent techie would appreciate. While the Corolla offers its Entune™ App Suite, the Civic strikes back with the remarkable connectivity capabilities of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Plus, HondaLink® lets you schedule service appointments, check vehicle diagnostics, and more straight from your smartphone.

A Turbocharged Force To Be Reckoned With

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the new 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Toyota Corolla is the Civic’s all-new and more powerful direct-injection i-VTEC® 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Designed for high cruise efficiency and robust performance, it pumps out 174-hp and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. The Corolla, unfortunately, doesn’t offer a turbocharged engine option, and its 1.8-liter, 140-hp 4-cylinder engine even falls short of the Civic’s 158-hp i-VETC® 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Whether it’s across town to the shopping mall, flying down the beautiful South Florida coastline, or heading to a distant star system, the new 2016 will take you further on a tank of gas. (Sorry, advanced hyper drive technology is currently not offered. But we’re working on it.) All joking aside, the Civic puts up some stellar fuel economy numbers. It achieves up to an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway/31 mpg city when paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). To be fair, the Toyota Corolla LE Eco model also hits similar fuel-efficiency ratings. But when it comes putting a big grin on your face when you get behind the wheel, the new 2016 Civic delivers with agile, sporty handling that’s Marty Padgett calls “…a wonderfully compliant, composed ride quality and excellent tracking.” He adds that, “…the Civic has its performance act together in a way it hasn’t, really, since the middle of the last decade.”

A Safer Alternative

The new Civic plots a safer course through the universe thanks to a forward-thinking arsenal of safety technologies works together to help prevent accidents. They include collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. In keeping with Honda’s commitment to safety, a rear multi-angle backup camera is standard on all Honda models, including the new Civic. The Civic’s exclusive ACE™ energy-absorbing body structure and multiple “SmartVent®” airbags. Honda Lane Watch™ utilizes a small camera that displays nearly 4 times more visibility than the passenger mirror alone.

Advantage Honda

While the 2016 Toyota was a most worthy opponent, it nonetheless fell short. With its bold fresh styling, upgraded interior, new turbocharged engine, high-tech innovations, and sporty handling, it’s easy to see why the new 2016 Honda Civic from your South Florida Honda Dealers wins our galactic battle hands down. Put simply, it’s truly an automotive force to be reckoned with. Especially when you consider that Honda builds some of the most dependable vehicles on the road today. In fact, an IHS-Polk survey found that 75% of all Hondas built within the last 25 years are still on the road today. Plus, U.S. News & World Report states that Honda won more “Best Cars For The Money” awards in 2015 than any other automaker. We invite you to discover the new award-winning 2016 Honda Civic for yourself by taking it for a test drive at any of our Honda dealers near Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. From Fort Pierce to Homestead, regardless of where you live along the South Florida coast there’s a South Florida Honda Dealer conveniently located near you. Sources: Corolla Photo Credit: