2018 Honda Civic

Starting Price: $19,730 | Price yours

Above Average: Fuel economy, resale value, overall driving manners

Below Average: No volume knob, no tuning knob, no worse than that

Consensus: The spacious, reliable, fun-to-drive segment benchmark


2018 Toyota Corolla

Starting Price: $19,445 | Price yours

Above Average: Roominess, comfort, standard safety features

Below Average: Infotainment, driving attitude

Consensus: A sensible, comfortable, reliable sedan


The two top-selling compact cars, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, have established decades-long reputations for reliability and strong resale values. They both boast roomy interiors and comfortable rides, but the Civic's combination of all-around quality, sportiness, efficiency, and a wide array of tech and safety features has earned it the title of KBB's Small Car Best Buy for four years in a row.

Honda Civic Advantages

Fun to drive; more body styles; refined, tech-savvy interior

Toyota Corolla Advantages

Advanced safety features, rear-seat legroom, comfortable highway ride


If you are considering the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, both will provide a spacious cabin for driver and passengers alike, with seats that are plenty comfortable for long drives. Both have a strong focus on safety and fuel efficiency.

Final Recommendation

If you're shopping for a compact car, the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic should both be on your list. The Corolla, the more conservative of the two, is roomy and dependable. The sportier Honda boasts high resale values and plenty of intriguing high-tech features.

  2018 Honda Civic 2018 Toyota Corolla
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 1.8-liter I4
Horsepower 174 hp @ 6,000 rpm 132 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 162 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm 128 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 36 mpg (32 city, 42 hwy) 32 mpg (28 city, 36 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L I4, coupe, hatch, performance models Manual, 6-Spd, Eco model
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 106.3 inches
Overall Length 182.3 inches 183.1 inches
Width 70.8 inches 69.9 inches
Height 55.7 inches 57.3 inches
Turning Diameter 35.7 feet 35.6 feet
Headroom, Front 37.5 inches 38.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.8 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.4 inches 41.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.9 inches 54.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.0 inches 54.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 95.0 cu. ft. 97.1 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 13.0 cu. ft.
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