2022 Honda Civic vs. 2022 Toyota Corolla: Price, Fuel Economy, and Features Compared

We compare Honda's and Toyota's ever-popular small sedans to give you an idea how they stack up.


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You’ve whittled your list down to the most popular compact sedans: the 2022 Honda Civic and the 2022 Toyota Corolla. Deciding between these two cars takes more than a flip of a coin. We’re here to help look at the numbers — and the features — that separate these top four-door choices.


Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla: Price

Including destination charges, pricing for the front-wheel drive, five-passenger 2022 Corolla sedan starts with the $21,200 L trim that gets a 1.8L four-cylinder gas engine and an automatic transmission. The optional 2L engine in the Corolla SE bumps its price to $23,650, and the gas-electric Hybrid trim starts at $24,775.

Also with room for five and power only to its front wheels, the base 2022 Civic Sedan LX gets a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and costs $23,365, while the optional turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder starts in the $26,365 Civic EX trim.

Opting for a manual transmission means spending $23,650 for a Corolla SE or stepping up to the sporty $28,315 Civic Si. Check all the boxes, and Toyota asks $29,385 for a fully-equipped Corolla XSE Apex Edition, while Honda charges $29,965 for a Civic Touring.


Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla: Features

These cars are anything but basic. The latest Civic and Corolla come standard with a host of airbags, power features, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, touchscreen infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and LED exterior lighting.

The Civic Sedan comes in six configurations: LX, Sport, EX, Touring, Si, and Si HPT, with no individual optional extras. Toyota offers five trim levels of the Corolla Sedan: L, LE, XLE, SE, XSE, plus the Apex and Nightshade special editions. All but the L are offered with option packages that bundle popular features.

To add a moonroof, step up to the Civic EX or add an option package to the Corolla LE. Honda makes leather seats standard on the Civic Touring, while Toyota offers synthetic leatherette upholstery on Corolla XLE and XSE. Only leatherette-trimmed Corollas come with heated front seats, something Honda includes on the Civic EX and Touring.

Premium audio is another story. The Civic Touring and Si HPT come with a 12-speaker Bose system, while The nine-speaker JBL system is available on most Corollas. Navigation and a wireless charging pad are optional on Corolla XLE and XSE. They are standard on the Civic Touring but unavailable otherwise.

Drivers seeking sportier handling will find a firmer ride quality on the Corolla XSE Apex Edition, while the Civic Si goes farther with a more dedicated performance-oriented suspension and high-performance tires with the Si HPT trim.


Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla: Fuel Economy

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid has a clear fuel economy lead with its 1.8L gas engine/dual-electric motor powertrain, which offers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway estimates of 53/52 mpg. With 121 horsepower, however, that hybrid powertrain may leave some drivers wanting.

The Corolla’s base 139-hp engine scores as high as 30/38 mpg (L, LE). The optional 160-hp engine drops consumption to as low as 28/36 mpg (manual SE) and as high as 31/40 mpg (auto SE).

The Honda Civic’s 158-hp engine is rated as high as 31/40 mpg, while the 158-hp turbocharged option is thriftier at 33/42 mpg. The Civic Si puts out 200 hp, rated at 27/37 mpg.

One caveat: fuel economy ratings for both cars vary by trim level, so shop closely if you are trying to minimize consumption.

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Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz has had cars in his blood ever since he gnawed the paint off of a diecast model as a toddler. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, he earned a journalism degree, worked in public relations for two manufacturers, and served as an editor for a luxury-lifestyle print publication and several well-known automotive websites. In his free time, Andrew loves exploring the Rocky Mountains' best back roads—when he’s not browsing ads for his next car purchase.