2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Toyota Corolla | Dick Hannah Honda

2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are two staples in the car industry and have been two of the top-selling compact-cars for decades. For the 2020 manufacturer year neither are calling it quits continuing to maintain their long history of quality, performance, and customer satisfaction. That being said, which one should you choose? Who is the top performer? Read our comparison of the 2020 Honda Civic or the 2020 Toyota Corolla to help you decide which is the right compact-car for you.


2020 Honda Civic

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Offering a diverse selection of trims, body styles, and levels of performance there is a Civic out there for all compact-car lovers. Seating for 5 lets you and your family or friends pile into the Civic’s spacious interior without feeling cramped. Plus, with the 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, you’ll have plenty of cargo space for almost any situation. On the technology front, the Civic comes with a wireless phone charger in an easy to reach area and with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration, you’ll be connected and ready to go.

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Overall the 2020 Civic has the reliability that you’ve come to expect from a Honda but where they are making strides is in the standard features and technology. Plus, with 174 horsepower, available fully independent suspension and available paddle shifters, you’ll have yourself a high-performance sedan with top of the line tech to match.


2020 Toyota Corolla

toyota corolla

The 2020 Toyota Corolla got a facelift this year with a complete redesign that made it sleeker and sportier than ever. Lower, wider, and more aggressive the Corolla is sure to turn heads and with available 18-inch machined allow wheels and dark gray-painted accents underscore the sleek lines of its profile. To say it comes with attitude is an understatement. The Corolla’s wider body gives it a more responsive and energetic drive which, when paired with the available 2.0L Dynamic Force Engine with 169 horsepower, makes saying it is “fun to drive” an understatement.

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On the interior, you’ll see black accents and soft-touch materials on the dash and doors to accent the new Corolla’s minimalist design which only helps to drive home a premium feel. Technology-wise you have a 6-speaker audio system, and an available 9-speaker JBL Audio System on higher trim levels, plus Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, and speed-sensitive volume control all standard on the new Corolla.


Side-By-Side Comparison


2020 Honda Civic EX


2020  Toyota Corolla SE


$23,950 MSRP



174-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 Engine 169-hp, 2.0-liter
2-speed CVT w/OD Transmission 10-speed automatic/CVT w/OD and auto-manual
174 @ 6,000 Engine Horspower (@ RPM) 169 @ 6,600

162 @ 1,700

Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 151 @ 4,400
32 City / 42 Highway / 36 Combined EPA MPG Rating 31 City / 40 Highway / 34 Combined
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive


Standard Cruise Control Standard
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera Backup Camera Integrated backup camera with projected path
5 Seating 5
Available Sunroof Available
Available Heated Seats Available
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning Automatic


5-Inch Display (7-Inch Display Available) Touchscreen 7-Inch Display
Available Navigation Available
Available Satellite Radio Standard
Available Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Available
Standard Bluetooth Standard
1 USB Port 2
8 Speaker Audio System Audio Speakers 6 Speaker Audio System
Standard Speed-Sensitive Volume Standard


Driver and front passenger

Front Airbags

Driver and front passenger

Seat-mounted, driver and passenger

Side Airbags

Seat-mounted, driver and passenger

Curtain 1st and 2nd row

Side-Curtain Airbags

Curtain 1st and 2nd row

Standard In-Vehicle Assistance Service Standard
Standard Occupant Sensor Standard
Standard Lane-Departure Warning Standard
Halogen Headlight Type

LED low/high beam


And The Verdict Is?

How do you choose which industry-leading compact-car do you choose? Every year the position can flip with one year the Civic leading the way and the next the Corolla is king. This year at least we are going to have to go with the 2020 Honda Civic. The newly redesigned Corolla is a huge step forward from past years and it is making waves with its new styling but you can get more in the Civic. You’ll get more space, more power, more standard tech, possibly better fuel economy, and an overall superior driver-friendly experience. And all of that starts at a lower price with the Honda Civic.


You really can’t go that wrong with either model, but if you are looking to get more for your money then the 2020 Honda Civic is the way to go.



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