SONS Automotive Group Compares 2016 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2016 Toyota Corolla Near Braselton, GA

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2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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2016 Honda Civic Sedan

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2016 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Corolla’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic offers optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Corolla doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Civic’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Corolla doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Civic EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Corolla doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the Corolla:



Overall Evaluation






Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

21 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

2.4/2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia forces R/L

2.2/3.5 kN

2.2/3.9 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Civic has a standard 500-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (158 vs. 132) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 128) than the Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (158 vs. 140) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 126) than the Corolla LE Eco’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 34 more horsepower (174 vs. 140) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 126) than the Corolla LE Eco’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Civic 1.5 Turbo is faster than the Corolla LE Eco (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.4 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla:



2.0 4 cyl./Manual

27 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/41 hwy

29 city/38 hwy



29 city/37 hwy



27 city/36 hwy


turbo 1.5 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/42 hwy

30 city/42 hwy



30 city/40 hwy

Eco w/16” wheels/CVT

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Corolla doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Civic’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla:



Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors


10.2 inches

The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Civic stops shorter than the Corolla:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger tires than the Corolla (215/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Civic LX/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla L/LE Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla L/LE Eco.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Corolla has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Corolla doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.

The Civic Touring Sedan handles at .83 G’s, while the Corolla LE Eco pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Civic Touring Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Corolla LE Eco (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Civic Touring Sedan is quieter than the Corolla S (38 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Civic Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (15.1 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Corolla’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corolla LE/LE Eco/S/Special Edition’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Civic has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic has standard extendable sun visors. The Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Civic’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Civic’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Civic and the Corolla offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Corolla.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Corolla doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Corolla has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Toyota Corolla by almost four to one during 2015.

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