SAFETY

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Safety

The Corolla's driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and deaths a year. The Civic doesn't offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Corolla and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Corolla is safer than the Honda Civic:

  Corolla Civic
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
Neck Compression 45 lbs. 53 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Corolla is safer than the Honda Civic:

  Corolla Civic
  Front Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 154 204
Chest Movement .6 inches 1.0 inch
Abdominal Force 106 G's 252 G's
  Rear Seat
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 294 404
  Into Pole
STARS 5 Stars 5 Stars
HIC 198 260
Spine Acceleration 35 G's 37 G's

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight's "Good" to "Acceptable" rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla its highest rating: "Top Pick Plus" for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Civic is only a standard "Top Pick" for 2017.

  WARRANTY

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the Civic.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla's warranty.

  RELIABILITY

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it's being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla's reliability 69 points higher than the Civic.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corolla second among compact cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Civic isn't in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports' April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

  FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Corolla uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Civic Hatchback Sport requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

  BRAKES AND STOPPING

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Brakes and Stopping

The Corolla stops shorter than the Civic:

  Toyota Corolla Honda Civic
60 to 0 MPH 118 feet 127 feet

source: Car and Driver

  SUSPENSION AND HANDLING

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Suspension and Handling

The Corolla LE Eco handles at .83 G's, while the Civic EX Sedan pulls only .82 G's of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corolla's turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Civic's (35.6 feet vs. 35.7 feet). The Corolla's turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback's (35.6 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

  CHASSIS

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corolla SE is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan:

  Toyota Corolla Honda Civic
At idle 38 dB 39 dB
Full-Throttle 76 dB 80 dB
70 MPH Cruising 70 dB 71 dB

  CARGO CAPACITY

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Cargo Capacity

The Corolla's standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic's standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can't share the rear seat.

  ERGONOMICS

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Ergonomics

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don't exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Corolla's headlights were rated "Good" to "Acceptable" by the IIHS, while the Civic's headlights are rated "Poor."

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Corolla detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Civic doesn't offer automatic dimming high beams.

  ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Econimic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Corolla owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Corolla with a number "3" insurance rate while the Civic is rated higher at a number "8" rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla than the Civic, including $89 less for a starter, $15 less for a fuel pump, $1 less for a timing belt/chain and $212 less for a power steering pump.

  RECOMMENDATIONS

Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Corolla, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Honda Civic by 13577 units during the 2016 model year.


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