2021 Corolla vs. 2020 Civic Comparison

The Corolla debuted in 1968 in the North American market and has been a popular choice for drivers for decades. The Honda Civic drove onto the scene five years later in 1973.

Both cars have features people want, like safety. The 2021 Corolla comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Honda has its own suite of safety features called Honda Sensing®, but it lacks a feature comparable to Toyota’s Road Sign Assist (RSA).

At the entry level, the 2021 Toyota Corolla L has a lot of media options like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, plus SiriusXM®. The comparable 2020 Civic LX misses out on these features.

Find out whether the 2021 Corolla or the 2020 Civic has the standard features you're looking for in this head-to-head comparison.

Published Date: 10/29/2020

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Safety

Safety is key in any vehicle you choose, but can a vehicle class that is known for efficiency and affordability deliver on safety as well? Read on to find out.

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Safety

  • The 2021 Corolla has Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) that comes packed with safety features.
  • Honda has its own suite of safety features called Honda Sensing® but it lacks Road Sign Assist (RSA).
  • Corolla has 4 more airbags than the Civic.
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Interior

Nothing makes a ride more fun than cranking the tunes while heading to your next adventure. So, which of these cars has better standard audio multimedia features?

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Interior

  • The 2021 Toyota Corolla L has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility standard while these features are only available on the Civic Sport or higher.
  • You won't find Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, or SiriusXM® on the 2020 Civic LX.
  • The Corolla LE and higher have larger 8-in. touchscreen displays compared to the 7-in touchscreen on the Civic Sport and higher.
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Performance

This generation of Corolla is as efficient and affordable as it is fun to drive. The 2021 Corolla’s sport-style exterior has a driving experience to match. But, how does the Civic stack up?

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Performance

  • With an EPA-estimated 30/38/33 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, the Corolla and Civic offer the same fuel economy at the base level.
  • However, the Corolla Hybrid LE has an EPA-estimated 53/52/52 (city/highway/combined) while the Civic lacks a hybrid-engine option.
  • Get ToyotaCare with the lease or purchase of the 2021 Corolla.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Civic

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Civic

  • Both cars have a suite of advanced active safety features but the Honda Civic does miss out on a feature comparable to Road Sign Assist (RSA).
  • The base trim Civic LX also lacks some media features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, and Amazon Alexa, which the Corolla has standard.
  • The 2021 Corolla has a hybrid-engine variant while the 2020 Civic does not.
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