Both the 2017 Honda Civic and Corolla have some all-star qualities, but can Toyota’s flagship sedan really outclass Honda’s? At Valley Honda Dealers, we always like competition—it makes things more interesting—so we compared these two bona fide studs to find out which car makes the grade, and which one fizzles. Here are the six reasons why we believe Honda’s small car is the outright winner of this Civic vs. Corolla matchup.
6) Better Performance
When comparing the 2017 Civic Touring to the Corolla XSE—the highest trims available for each sedan—it’s quite obvious whose cooking with heat under the hood.
The Civic Touring is powered by a 174-horsepower 1.5L turbo-4 and rakes in a superb EPA rating of 32 city/42 highway mpg. Paired with Honda’s CVT, this I-4 revs its sweet symphony happily on the interstate. The base LX and EX trims are equipped with a less-joyous yet equally proud 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 158 horsepower and returns 31 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway.
For 2017, Toyota brought back a Corolla that’s virtually unchanged from last year. The majority of Corolla models, including the top-tier XSE trim, come with a 1.8L inline-four that is rated at a meager 132 horsepower and brings in just 28 mpg in the city and 35 when glugging down the highway. The Corolla LE Eco offers a better albeit more expensive 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic VVT that ups the HP to 140 and returns a more respectable 30 city/40 highway EPA rating.
5) Style Reigns Supreme
With the 2017 Corolla donning a unique outfit, it is sure to turn heads, but is it for the right reason? Its grille swoops down into the bumper, which now curves frontward to replicate a snowplow—we give credit to Toyota for nailing that mirrored image—but without the power behind it. It pulls inspiration from a slew of Toyota models, as well; there are visible splashes of the sporty Toyota 86 and economically priced Yaris, and even bits of Prius can be seen coursing through its veins. In all, the Corolla looks as if it was built by the good Doctor Frankenstein himself.
On the other end of the stylish spectrum is the 2017 Civic, which is dressed in its Sunday best 24/7. Sleek, angular lines along the side draw eyes to the Civic’s impeccable hood, which is a bit longer and less sloped than previous model years. Although it looks like a bit like the Crosstour in its jowls, it never comes off as cobbled together like the Corolla. It’s instantly recognizable as a Civic yet its new touches of style have matured this car into a full-fledged sedan.
4) Upscale Comfort
For trip-takers, the 2017 Honda Civic is perhaps the only model in its class to consider. The seats are firm and comfy, and the car’s slightly wider body—in addition to an ingenious layout and less-bulky door panels—gives front riders lots of shoulder and hip room. Compared to the Corolla, the Civic’s back seat offers about 4 inches of extra hip room, too.
3) Features, Features, Features
Both sedans come with a great variety of features and technology, but the Civic Touring offers a handful more of the standard ones, such as the following:
- Fog lamps
- Remote engine start
- Dual-zone climate controls
- Premium leather seating
- Heated rear seats
- Power passenger seat
These features are either not available or optional add-ons in the Corolla XSE.
2) Lots of Junk in the Trunk
Even though the Corolla is longer than the Civic, its trunk can’t cash the checks that Toyota is writing. The Corolla’s trunk space measures a measly 13 cubic feet, while the 2017 Civic offers 14.7 cu. ft. And if you downgrade from any of the higher trims and into a Civic LX, its best-in-class cargo space becomes the bestest-in-class (15.1 ft3).
1) Award Winning is the Name of the Game
Not only was it this year’s winner of the KBB’s Small Car Best Buy award, but the 2017 Honda Civic, with all its high-quality wonderment, has achieved what few have been able to do: Win KBB’s Overall Best Buy Award for two consecutive years. KBB’s reasoning for giving Honda this accomplishment was simply that the “2017 Civic so dominates its class, it was an obvious choice.”
Test Drive the 2017 Honda Civic in Phoenix
Don’t settle for a lower-class sedan when the award-winning 2017 Civic is just a phone call and test drive away from living in your garage. View our selection of all-new Civics today, or browse through your local dealer’s entire inventory of new Honda models for sale. When you’re ready to take your travels to a new level, locate your closest Valley Honda Dealers’ dealership to take a spin around Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott, or Chandler, AZ. And don’t forget to check out our Tempe Honda dealership’s Honda lease deals to get a great price on your next ride!
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