Exterior comparison of the 2020 Honda Civic Si sedan and the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan

The 2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla continues the longstanding tradition of battling it out for the best compact sedan on the market. To answer the question, which is better: Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, we have to look at all of the details. To do a complete Corolla vs. Civic comparison, we will examine the differences in pricing, trim levels, performance options, features, and more. In the end, you should know whether the Civic or Corolla is right for you.

2020 Honda Civic

Aerial view of the 2020 Honda Civic Si sedan exterior design in blue color

2020 Toyota Corolla

Aerial view of the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid sedan exterior design

2020 Honda Civic Price & Trims

As we start the Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla comparison, we will look at the trim levels and starting prices. The 2020 Honda Civic comes with a choice of three body types: either the two-door coupe, four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback. 

  • Honda Civic LX: $20,650 (sedan), $21,050 (coupe), $21,750 (hatchback) 
  • Honda Civic Sport: $21,550 (sedan), $21,850 (coupe), $22,850 (hatchback) 
  • Honda Civic EX: $23,600 (coupe), $23,800 (sedan), $24,250 (hatchback) 
  • Honda Civic EX-L: $25,000 (sedan), $25,450 (hatchback) 
  • Honda Civic Touring: $27,250 (coupe), $27,700 (sedan) 
  • Honda Sport Touring: $28,150 (hatchback)

2020 Toyota Corolla Price & Trims

One of the most significant differences between the 2020 Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla is that this model only comes as a sedan or hatchback with no coupe body style available meaning fewer configurations. 

  • Toyota Corolla L: $19,600 (sedan) 
  • Toyota Corolla LE: $20,050 (sedan) 
  • Toyota Corolla SE: $22,050 (sedan or hatchback) 
  • Toyota Corolla XLE: $24,050 (sedan) 
  • Toyota Corolla XSE: $25,550 (sedan or hatchback) 

As you can see, the Corolla hatchback vs. Civic hatchback is offered on far fewer trim levels and there are less trims to choose from overall with the Toyota Corolla.

2020 Honda Civic Interior Features

2020 Honda Civic Si interior design and color accents

The 2020 Honda Civic seats four to five people, based on the body style (coupe vs. sedan). The coupe features a 12.1-cubic foot trunk, while the sedan has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, other than the Touring and Si models. Hatchback versions measure 22.6 or 25.7 cubic feet. Standard features include a five-inch display, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo system, and one USB port.

2020 Toyota Corolla Interior Features

Interior design of the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan

It's clear that all models of the Corolla have room for 5 passengers, where the Civic might only fit 4 people in some body styles. The 2020 Corolla sedan contains a 13 cubic-foot trunk, while the hatchback trunk space measures at 17.8 cubic feet. Standard features include a seven-inch touch screen, USB port, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay plus a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.


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2020 Honda Civic Exterior

Depending on the body style, the 2020 Honda Civic dimensions measure between 177-183″ L x 71″ W x 55-57″ H. As we compare the Corolla and Civic, we see the Honda model offers tire sizes from 16- to 20-inches. Honda Civic owners can pick from 6 colors on the coupe, 7 color options for the hatchback and 8 on the sedan. These colors include: Crystal Black, Cosmic Blue, Aegean Blue, Rallye Red, Modern Steel, Lunar Silver, Platinum White, and Molten Lava.

2020 Toyota Corolla Exterior

The 2020 Toyota Corolla dimensions measure 182-183″ L x 70″ W x 57″ H, depending on the body style. Again, we see more choices with the Civic. Toyota Corolla owners can pick from 15-, 16- or 18-inch tires, plus there are 8 exterior paint colors to select from: Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Super White, Blue Crush Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Blueprint and Celestite Gray Metallic.

2020 Honda Civic Engines & Specs

Rear exterior design of the 2020 Honda Civic hatcback in silver color

The 2020 Honda Civic offers a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor with 158-hp on the sedan and coupe. There is a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine available that outputs 174-hp instead. Choose from a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT. The 2020 Civic Si is available in both a coupe or sedan, and comes equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-four with 205-hp. The hatchback models get this turbocharged 1.5L engine as well. Plus, there is a 2020 Honda Civic Type R hatchback that utilizes a 2.0L turbo-four with 306-hp paired to the 6-speed manual (no CVT option). The EPA estimates between 26-29 city mpg and 36-37 highway mpg when using the manual transmission. With the CVT, estimates are 31 city/40 highway mpg instead.

2020 Toyota Corolla Engines & Specs

2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback rear exterior design in blue color

With the Civic vs. Corolla, we see fewer engine options with the new Toyota Corolla. The standard powertrain is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 139 horsepower. This is paired with a CVT (automatic transmission). There is a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four engine available that offers an optional 6-speed manual in addition to the standard CVT. On the base 1.8-liter engine, expect 30 city/38 highway mpg with the 2020 Corolla, while the 2.0-liter engine achieves 31 city/40 highway mpg. While the fuel economy numbers are almost identical, the Corolla fails to compare to the performance power of the 2020 Honda Civic.

2020 Honda Civic Safety Ratings

The NHTSA awarded the 2020 Honda Civic with a five-star rating, while the IIHS rated it as a Top Safety Pick with a Good standing in all crashworthiness tests. Standard safety features include automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Toyota Corolla Safety Ratings

The NHTSA awarded the 2020 Toyota Corolla with a five-star rating, while the IIHS labeled it as a Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system, which contains pre-collision pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, a rearview camera, lane tracing assist and traffic sign recognition.

Final Verdict: 2020 Civic or Corolla?

When deciding between the 2020 Civic vs. 2020 Corolla, you see that the Honda model has far more options to choose from. The 2020 Honda Civic has more body styles, more trim levels, additional engines, more powerful engines alongside great MPG ratings, and loads of style. For the price, you simply can't beat the new Honda Civic.

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