2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Toyota Corolla
2016 Honda Civic 2016 Toyota Corolla
5 Trim Levels Available 4
27 City / 40 Highway Fuel Economy[1] 28 City / 37 Highway

158 hp 2.0L I-4 or 

174 hp 1.5L turbo I-4

Engine 132 hp 1.8L I-4
CVT Transmission CVT

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Toyota Corolla interior

Both the 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Toyota Corolla have a reputation to uphold. For decades, they've been known as some of the best values in the compact car market, offering reliability and fuel economy for the budget-conscious customer. Do the newest models uphold that standard? The 2016 Corolla definitely does. Updated with just a few tweaks from last year's design, it remains one of the most affordable examples of basic quality.  

The Honda Civic, on the other hand, is brand-new in 2016, and it's gotten a whole lot nicer. While still remaining inexpensive, it's received a strikingly attractive design upgrade, a higher-performance turbo engine for the higher-end models, more comfortable cabin, and expanded the availabilty of Honda Sensing safety technology. 

Bigger, Better Value

In the 2016 models, both the Corolla and the Civic will offer a bit more legroom for passengers than in earlier years. Although they're still small, they'll definitely feel less cramped, especially the Civic.  

Performance is decent for the price in both the Corolla and the base Civic, as expected. The 2016 Corolla gets 28 city / 37 highway MPG, while the Civic gets 27/40. More exciting, the 2016 Honda Civic now offers EX-T and Touring models with a more powerful turbocharged engine, which test drivers say makes it infinitely more enjoyable to drive.  

The 2016 Toyota Corolla doesn't have much in the way of active safety features, but it does come with the standard Toyota Star Safety suite. The 2016 Civic, meanwhile, has expanded the availability of the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and forward collision warnings with automatic brake assist. It comes standard only on the top trim level, but can be installed in any model. Both base models come with power locks, doors, and mirrors, LED daytime running lights, and sound systems with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. As you might expect from the gap in price, the base Civic comes with more features than the bare-bones base Corolla, like automatic climate control and keyless entry. Test drivers have noted that the Corolla's sound system is remarkably good, though.  

So, if you want to maximize basic quality while still spending as little as possible on extra features, the 2016 Toyota Corolla remains your best bet. If you're a little more flexible, though, the 2016 Honda Civic has a lot more options to offer. If you're not sure, both are available to test drive at our Continental Toyota and Continental Honda locations in Countryside. If you're interested, give us a call!

[1]Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Toyota Corolla