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Who doesn't like saving money? While a new car may have a high initial cost, it's also an investment that will save you money in the long run. This is something that sedans are well known to provide, but it's not always guaranteed. Two of the most economical options to compare are the 2022 Honda Civic vs 2022 Toyota Corolla. There is a new chapter in this saga for 2022, and we're here to give you the final consensus on which of these two sedans deserve your time and money. These two vehicles may look similar on the surface, but when you look more into the in-depth details, it's an easy victory for one of our contenders.
Four trim levels are available for the Civic, and five for the Corolla. However, fewer trims isn't always a bad thing if it means more features in the base model, and that's exactly the case with the Civic. Honda's vehicle starts at $21,700 for the LX trim, and Toyota's 2022 Corolla starts at $20,075 for the base L trim.* While the Civic starts at a slightly higher MSRP, there's a good reason for this as the Civic manages to outperform the Corolla in more than a few key ways.
The simplest way to break down the available powertrains for the 2022 Civic and Corolla is to start from the bottom, which is the Corolla base engine. Standard in Toyota's vehicle is a 1.8L four-cylinder that comes paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). With 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque, it's a rather underwhelming engine. Fuel efficiency is decent, however, with a rating of 33 MPG combined. The more powerful choice of engine for the Corolla is a 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Like the engine before it, it also comes with a CVT, but unlike the base engine, the 2.0L can be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Honda has different plans, and the base engine for the Civic is a 2.0L that is similar in size to the best that Toyota offers for the Corolla. At 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, the Honda 2.0L does have slightly less performance than the one found in the Corolla and can only be paired with a CVT, but it's still more than capable for daily travel. However, that lower power brings the benefit of higher fuel economy, with the Honda engine turning in a more than respectable 35 MPG combined.
What the Civic has that the Corolla doesn't is a turbocharged 1.5L cylinder engine. This engine is both more fuel-efficient and more powerful than any of the other engines listed here. Sitting at 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, it has 6.5% more horsepower and 17.2% more torque than Corolla's best-performing engine. Fuel efficiency is also better than any other engine at an impressive 36 MPG combined.
Both the Civic and Corolla seat five passengers, but Honda's vehicle has a slightly larger interior. The driver and front passenger will have 39.3 inches of headroom in the Civic and 38.3 inches in the Corolla. In the back, the Civic gives passengers 37.1 inches of headroom and 37.4-inches of legroom. But while the Corolla also has 37.1-inches of headroom, it only has a cramped 34.8-inches of legroom. You can also fit more cargo in the Civic with a total of 14.8 cu.ft. of space against Corolla's 13.1 cu.ft. of space. Although this 13% increase in cargo space may not seem like a lot, with a sedan, you'll want to get as much as you possibly can.
Each model contains a proper amount of tech features within the interior for a vehicle released in the modern day. Both of these vehicles will come with one of two available infotainment centers, each with different screen sizes. The standard configuration includes a 7-inch screen on both vehicles, and these offer Bluetooth connectivity, so nobody needs to break out an auxiliary or USB cable if you're looking to listen to some music on the road. Upgrading from the base infotainment centers will replace this 7-inch screen with an 8-inch one in the Corolla and a 9-inch one on the Civic.
Opting for the highest-tier model for both vehicles, you'll find a standard Wireless Phone Charger on the Civic, but if you want one on the Corolla, you'll have to pay extra. Another upgrade that the Civic's interior has over the Corolla is sound quality, with its new Premium Audio System from Bose that's made up of 12 outstanding speakers. Not to say the Corolla doesn't have a premium audio solution of its own, but it's an inferior nine-speaker setup from JBL. If you don't go with these premium audio setups, then your Corolla will still come with eight high-quality speakers as opposed to the Corolla's six-speakers.
Also coming with both vehicles are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, only the Honda Civic offers the wireless variants of these technologies. When you connect your smartphone to your infotainment center, you can utilize your favorite music apps, navigation apps, weather apps, and much more. Virtual Assistants have made their way over to these two software suites, and you can call your relatives or friends or even send or take text messages without ever deviating your attention from driving. It's no surprise that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appear on the Corolla and Civic, but with Honda's wireless connectivity plus all of the other enhancements we've mentioned, the interior of the Civic is far more appealing to drivers, both casually and for enthusiasts.
You'll find safety packages on both vehicles, and these come standard. On the Civic, there's the Honda Sensing Safety Suite, and on the Corolla is Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Many of the features are similar despite their different names. For example, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection on the Corolla serves the same purpose as the Collision Mitigation Braking System on the Civic. Collisions with another vehicle or a pedestrian are far less likely because of these features, and that's because your vehicle will automatically apply the brakes when necessary. The Pre-Collision System in the Corolla also includes the same functions as a Forward Collision Warning in the Civic, which will activate before any brakes are applied to bring immediate awareness to the driver.
Traffic Sign Recognition on the Civic is known as Road Sign Assist for Toyota, and you'll never have to question what the speed limit is on a given road that you're unfamiliar with again. Sensors and cameras situated on the front of both vehicles essentially scan the road ahead in search of various road signs. When one is detected, a visualization of the sign appears on your dashboard, which will be enough information to either slow down or speed up your vehicle.
Each vehicle also includes a form of enhanced cruise control, with Adaptive Cruise Control on the Civic and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control on the Corolla. In the past, cruise control was activated to maintain a speed that you have set and would only go down if you apply the brakes, turning cruise control off in the process. With these newer versions of cruise control, the speed of your vehicle will automatically adjust to allow a proper amount of space between yourself and other drivers.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist on the Corolla is called Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist on the Civic. If you're unintentionally drifting into the lane next to yours, the vehicle will get your attention so that you can straighten out. When needed, the Steering Assist function on the Corolla and Lane Keeping Assist on the Civic will slightly nudge your vehicle back into the lane that you should be traveling in. We think both vehicles are highly reliable because of these features, but it doesn't seem to be enough to outweigh the Civic in regards to every other aspect of the vehicle.