If doesn’t usually take long for drivers seeking a top of the line compact sedan to compare 2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla. Each one is a perennial frontrunner in the segment, and there’s no real wrong answer between them. That said, one model does come out slightly ahead, so read on to compare them on:

  • Starting Prices and Value
  • Power and MPG
  • Interior Space

Starting Prices and Value

Entry-level prices include:

  • 2020 Honda Civic Sedan LX CVT: Priced at $20,650 MSRP*
  • 2020 Toyota Corolla LE: Priced at $20,050 MSRP

Top-tier trim prices include:

  • 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Touring CVT: Priced at $27,700 MSRP*
  • 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE: Priced at $25,550 MSRP

The Honda Civic Sedan LX CVT does start a little higher than the Toyota Corolla LE, but it also offers superior long-term value:

  • ALG Residual Value % After 36 months: 56% with the Honda vs. 50% with the Toyota.
  • ALG Residual Value % After 60 months: 39% with the Honda vs. 33% with the Honda.

Power and MPG

Honda Civic Sedan 2020 Toyota Corolla
158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque Standard Power 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque
174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque Available Power 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque
32/42** Maximum EPA-Estimated MPG City/Highway 31/30

Whether you’re interested in engaging power or strong efficiency scores, the Honda Civic Sedan proves a better choice than the Toyota Corolla.

Interior Space

2020 Honda Civic Sedan LX CVT 2020 Toyota Corolla LE
15.1 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume 13.1 Cubic Feet
39.3 Front Headroom 38.3
42.3 Front Legroom 42.0

Comparing vehicles in the same class usually means choosing between comfortable passenger space or convenient cargo space. By choosing the Honda Civic over the Toyota Corolla, you get the best of both worlds.

The Honda Civic Manages to Come Out Ahead of the Toyota Corolla

As summed up by US News & World Report: “Both of these models were finalists for our 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award. Neither is a bad pick, but the Honda is the better choice of the two.” You can check out everything from the 2020 Honda Civic Sedan interior to our latest specials by paying a visit to your local Detroit Honda dealer. If you’d like to find out more in the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.