2020 Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic

2020 Toyota Corolla
Here at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego, one of our main goals is to help customers near San Diego, Chula Vista, and El Cajon, CA, become as educated as possible on matters that affect their driving experience.

One of these matters, of course, is whether the 2020 Toyota Corolla or the 2020 Honda Civic is the better compact car. Here’s a hint—it depends on your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn more.

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic: Engine

2020 Toyota Corolla

We’ll start with their engines. If you want a powerful compact car, you may want to go with the 2020 Civic. However, if you want a powerful compact car that’s also a close friend to the environment, you may want to go with the 2020 Corolla. With EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 31 city/40 highway/34 combined MPG (for the Corolla SE trim with an automatic transmission), this model trumps the Civic’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 30 city/38 highway/33 combined MPG any day of the week.*

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic: Performance

2020 Toyota CorollaHowever, power and efficiency aren’t the only elements of performance. The 2020 Corolla manages to excel by offering many available performance-enhancing features such as:

  • Normal, Power, and ECO driving modes
  • Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S)
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension

These are just some of the performance-enhancing systems that are available on some of the Corolla’s trim levels. When taken together, though, they make for a car that’s versatile enough to adjust your driving experience to your mood, smooth enough to get you through the morning commute, and resilient enough to deal with a pothole or two along the way. Fortunately, the very same can be said about the 2020 Civic.

The 2020 Civic also comes with comparable performance features, such as its own Continuously Variable Transmission (M-CVT), MacPherson Strut Front Suspension, and Multi-Link Rear Suspension. Unfortunately, it does not offer the same type of driving modes as the Toyota Corolla. Is this important to you?

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic: Safety

2020 Toyota Corolla Speaking of what’s important to a lot of drivers, we’d like to conclude with a look at safety. The 2020 Corolla comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), a Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), a Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), a Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and even a Road Sign Assist (RSA). These state-of-the-art driver-assistive technologies work in tandem to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible.

Likewise, the 2020 Civic comes standard with Honda Sensing®. This suite includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and more, making it remarkably similar to the one we mentioned above. Want to learn more? Talk to one of our teammates!

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic: Decide for Yourself

Having a conversation with one of our Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego teammates is really simple. All you have to do is call us, chat with us online, or stop by our showroom near El Cajon, Chula Vista, and San Diego, California. You can even take a test drive of the 2020 Toyota Corolla, if that fits in your schedule.



*2020 EPA-estimated 31 city/40 highway/34 combined MPG for Corolla SE with automatic transmission. Actual mileage will vary.