Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic: Battle of the 2020 Sedans

2020 Toyota Corolla vs 2020 Honda Civic

So you need a small, yet roomy, new car that is affordable and safe. Sounds like you need to learn more about the best compact cars of 2020. Let’s highlight two of the most popular sedans: the 2020 Toyota Corolla vs. the 2020 Honda Civic. Which of these cars gives you the best performance and value for your buck?


The 2020 Toyota Corolla sits up to five passengers on comfortable cloth seats. In pricier trims, you can upgrade to sports seats or synthetic leather material. The seats can also be heated and ventilated in certain trims.

The sedan model was also fully redesigned for this model year. Edmunds was quite impressed with the remodel, noting that the interior was built with care and good quality. Reviewers also agreed that it offers a comfortable ride for each passenger.

Like the Corolla, the Civic can seat five people. However, if you purchase the Type-R Civic, the seating capacity shrinks to four. Still, the standard cloth seats are reasonably comfortable for most passengers.

The Civic also has a few different body sizes, but they’re not all winners. Some reviewers noted that the coupe’s second row is too cramped for adult passengers. The hatchback is better for extra cargo, but its busy styling may make it an eyesore for some customers.


Inside the Corolla, you get Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, a Wi-fi hotspot, voice recognition, and Apple CarPlay. Premium audio systems, wireless device charging, and built-in navigation are also available in certain trims. In addition to a highly-receptive touchscreen, audio and climate controls can be adjusted with physical buttons and knobs.

The Honda Civic’s standard touchscreen is a bit smaller at only 5 inches. Its only standard technology features are automatic climate control, one USB port, and Bluetooth. Smartphone integration is also not available in the base trim. 

The touchscreen interface is easy to understand and physical controls can be used for certain functions. However, simple tasks like tuning the radio turned out to be frustrating for some reviewers. They also noted that its design is not as intuitive as some competitors.

Safety Features

Safety is where the Toyota Corolla really shines. It has ten standard functions, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and more. The only feature not included in the base trim is blind-spot monitoring. 

On the other hand, the Honda Civic only has half of the standard safety functions as the Corolla. It has a rearview camera, pre-collision warning, cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. All of these features can also be found in the Corolla.

The Civic’s safety features also seem to be very buggy. Edmunds reported that the cruise control function was too slow reacting to user inputs. Both the blind-spot camera and forward-collision function are also harder to use compared to other systems.

Fuel Economy

For budget-minded customers, gas mileage is a crucial factor. The Toyota Corolla sedan has some of the best EPA-estimated fuel ratings in the small car class. Its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine gets an estimated 31 mpg on city roads and 40 mpg on the highway. Hybrid models get even better scores.

The Civic sedan gets 29 mpg for city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. The hatchback gets slightly better numbers. However, according to some real-world tests, the Civic didn’t quite live up to its reported estimates.

Corolla vs. Civic: Which One is Better?

Both come at equal price tags, but the Corolla definitely shines compared to the Civic in terms of safety and advanced technology. For these reasons, the 2020 Toyota Corolla wins our pick for one of the best small cars of 2020.

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