It’s always a challenge comparing top cars from the same class against each other because they usually have so much in common that it’s tough to decide which one is better. For example, the Honda Civic has been a fan favourite for decades, and it’s hard to say anything bad about it. While the Toyota Corolla is right up there next to it.
For 2020, the Toyota Corolla was redesigned and posed a big threat to the ageing Honda Civic, so here are the top reasons why the Corolla is better.
- Beautiful Styling
Toyota significantly stepped up its game when designing the 2020 Corolla. The Corolla was redesigned and given a much bolder look than we’re used to, both inside and out. It has sharp, angular headlights and an aggressive front grille, giving it a much bolder look. It’s a refreshing sight considering Corollas looked much more homely in the past. On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Civic has the same look as the 2016.
- A More Fuel-efficient 2.0-litre Engine
Along with the new restyling, the Corolla was outfitted with an available 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. It’s able to achieve 31 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway and can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission when you opt for the SE trim level. However, the Honda Civic’s 2.0-litre engine is not as powerful nor as efficient.
- Launch-gear CVT
Both the Corolla and Civic utilize Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). However, the Corolla incorporates a “launch gear” for more optimal acceleration. The CVT transmission is known to cause sluggish acceleration off the line and, therefore, is less efficient. However, the launch gear aids in quicker acceleration and better efficiency.
- Hybrid Option
Also new to the Corolla lineup is the Corolla Hybrid. This new hybrid option utilizes the same Corolla body style. Still, it is stuffed with even more efficiency thanks to a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that achieves up to 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. The Civic doesn’t have a hybrid option. Well, that’s until the 2024 model launches.
- Best in the Category
The compact sedan segment is a tough class, but these two legendary stalwarts have always stood their ground. But with the new redesign, it’s possible that the Toyota Corolla could win over many prospective Honda buyers. After all, value and uniqueness are what it’s all about.
While the Honda Civic has its fanbase, the 2020 Toyota Corolla beats it. However, the Honda Civic is getting a redesign for the 2024 model, and it could measure up with the Corolla again.