Whether strolling along Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood, you’ve undoubtedly seen a fair share of Civics and Corollas flying down I-95. After all, the 2017 Civic and Corolla are two of the biggest names in their class, offering value with every weld and rivet. But equal they are not. With more under the hood and inside the cabin, the Honda Civic has a bit more to provide its owners and passengers than the Corolla. Let’s compare these two best-sellers to see which is really the king of compacts.
The Little Engine That Does
With the Civic, owners are treated to a world-class ride with all the sizzle and none of the fizzle. Two engines (and two transmissions) are available with Honda’s compact car. First up is the 2.0L four-cylinder, which is standard on lower-trim Civics. Producing 158 horsepower, the engine accelerates well, allowing you to perform quick lane changes without stomping the pedal to the floor. Upgrade to the turbo 1.5L, and experience its zippy 174 horsepower on the highway. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed or Honda’s acclaimed CVT. The CVT is one of the best in the country, while the 6-speed allows you to maximize the turbo engine’s power.
Unfortunately for the 2017 Corolla, neither of its two engines can muster up the strength to challenge the Civic. Toyota’s base 1.8-liter inline-4 makes just 132 horsepower, which is anything but thrilling. Sure, it’ll get the job done in a pinch, but sometimes exceeding expectations is really where you want the bar set. The Corolla’s second engine, a 1.8L DOHC with “Valvematic” technology, is rated at 140 horsepower and is available on just one Corolla trim: the LE Eco.
The Civic will also save you dough at the pump. The highest Civic trims return 32 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway, while the best the Corolla can force out is 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway (LE Eco). For most Corolla models, however, mileage estimates bottom out at 28 city/36 highway.
Verdict: The Civic clearly outperforms the Corolla at every turn, offering more than enough power to get you places and far superior fuel efficiency.
It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so behold asphalt’s fashionista: the 2017 Honda Civic. Sleek yet efficient in all the right places, the newest Civic comes straight out of a dream. You’ve got a plethora of stylish additions on the outside, including an elegantly sloped rear roofline, large wheel wells, and a sophisticated front grille. From the front, the Civic looks Accord-like, though the side screams “Civic” loud and clear with its sporty door visors (optional) and the silhouette of a decklid spoiler.
Inside the Civic, you’ll find Zen. An updated 7-inch touchscreen sits front and center on the stack, below which is a set of real knobs and buttons to control the cabin’s temperature. The central console is techie paradise, offering a dual cupholder tote, spare key tray, padded elbow rest, and deep bin to stow away tablets. The Civic’s dash is crisp and minimized, offering an ample amount of front leg room to accompany front bucket seats that are anchored lower to the floor. In the trunk, the Civic has 15.1 cubic feet of storage space, which far exceeds the 13 cu.-ft. trunk in the Corolla.
There’s no doubt about it: the 2017 Corolla is due for a redesign. XSE and 50th Anniversary trims feature a unique front grille that perhaps mirrors a teenager with an underbite (so says Aaron Cole of The Car Connection). Its interior material seems low-cost, almost in the bargain-basement territory, but isn’t the worst in its class. SofTex® seats are leatherette, while the Civic’s are full-on leather.
Verdict: Offering more interior comfort, storage space, and better-quality materials than the Corolla, the 2017 Civic is a bona fide stud.
Test Drive the All-New Civic in South Florida
Although the Corolla is still one of the staples in its segment, Honda’s award-winning nature helps the Civic appeal to both the everyday commuter and driving enthusiast. As the best-selling compact car on the market, the 2017 Honda Civic makes winning look easy. And it’s available for sale and lease right now at any of our South Florida Honda Dealers around Miami Beach! Find and contact your nearest Honda dealer in Miami, Coral Springs, or Davie, FL, and we’ll gladly assist you in finding the perfect Civic or another new Honda model.
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