2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla: Head to Head

Honda Civic passenger side view, Toyota Corolla front 3/4 view
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Civic vs. Corolla: Which Small Car Is Better?

Despite consumers and some automakers abandoning passenger cars for SUVs with, well, reckless abandon, the compact front-wheel-drive Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla continue to survive and thrive. Both are among the 10 best-selling models over the first half of 2020, and for good reason. They’re reasonably affordable at a time when the average new-vehicle transaction price exceeds $38,000. They’re also nicely styled, passenger-friendly, and offer a full range of features, including coming standard with many of the latest accident-avoiding driver-assist systems. 

The current generation Honda Civic debuted for the 2016 model year in sedan and coupe body styles. A hatchback was added for 2017, as were high performance Civic Si and Civic Type R trims. The Civic Hatchback receives some modest styling tweaks for 2020, otherwise the line sees no major changes.

The sedan version of the Toyota Corolla is redesigned for 2020 with updated exterior and interior styling and added smartphone connectivity features and safety systems. The hatchback version was added to the line for 2019 and continues without major alterations. 

We’ll make a point-by-point evaluation of the most important buying considerations among these automotive heavy hitters in this slide show to determine which compact model comes out on top. All information cited comes from U.S. News & World Report’s comprehensive reviews, which are culled from the opinions of some of the most-respected automotive journalists in the nation.

Be aware, however, that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new data comes in, so the numbers mentioned in this article may not match those in our rankings and reviews.

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