The 2020 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Honda Civic Sedan: Which Compact Car is for You?

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is a fun, versatile, and stylish car with the latest technology and great engines to choose from. In many respects, it leaves other vehicles in its dust – but they certainly try to catch up. The 2020 Honda Civic has many features that make it a fine car, but does it match up to the 2020 Toyota Corolla? Let’s find out.

Fuel Efficiency: Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic

Compact cars have always been some of the most efficient cars on the road, hybrid or otherwise. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Civic and the Corolla both offer solid numbers. Their respective base engines match up at an EPA estimated 38 MPG combined.

However, the Civic falls short in the end because the Corolla offers a hybrid version that delivers a whopping 52 mpg combined – way ahead of the 36 mpg cap of the Civic models. But, even without considering the hybrid, the 2.0L CVT engine in the Corolla gets better fuel economy than the equivalent Civic powertrain, with 34 mpg and 32 mpg respectively. So, if you’re looking to save the most money at the pump, then the 2020 Toyota Corolla is the best option.

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Power: Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic

With all that talk of fuel efficiency, you might be wondering if these cars have enough power to tackle the valleys and hills of Southeast Pennsylvania. You’d be half-right.

Toyota not only redesigned the 2020 Toyota Corolla to look more sporty and aggressive, but they also improved performance under the hood. With 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission, the 2.0-liter engine in the Corolla will get you where you need to go with punchy power and responsive handling.

The 2020 Honda Civic, on the other hand, gets 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque into its base 2.0-liter engine. Like the Corolla, it can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT; unlike the Corolla, it lumbers up hills and is a liability if you are looking to overtake on high-speed sections of the roadways.

Technology: Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic

From driver-assistive systems to the latest in entertainment and connectivity, the modern compact has to be hooked up. Both the 2020 Honda Civic and the 2020 Toyota Corolla have solid entertainment systems and smartphone mirroring, although the Corolla does it better.

For instance, even though the Civic offers 1 extra speaker in its generic ‘premium’ 10-speaker system, the Corolla’s available 9-speaker JBL sound system with a subwoofer, amplifier, 8-inch touchscreen display, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility blow it out of the water.

Toyota also does better with the accident-avoidance technology. Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 is standard on every model and features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, and Road Edge Detection with Sway Warning System. Hill Start Assist Control and a LATCH system is also standard on all trims. The Civic offers some comparative systems, but comes up short as it doesn’t have a LATCH system for small children’s safety and less standard safety technology than the Corolla.

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In the battle of compact cars, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a big winner – and it’s even better when it is backed up by the hometown sales and service we offer here at Lancaster Toyota. So come check out a new Corolla today and see why it is still the car to beat in the compact class!

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