2013 Toyota Corolla vs. 2013 Honda Civic

In 2011, Honda rolled out a completely redesigned 9th generation Civic to a luke-warm reception. Critics were less than impressed with Civic’s bland exterior styling, cheap feeling interior materials and the short list of standard features when compared to competitors. Honda responded quickly, giving the 2013 Civic an early cycle refresh to address these concerns. The exterior receives a sportier look, the interior has been refined with new materials and the standard features list has been extended. This means that Civic is ready to be a tough competitor in the subcompact segment.

Although it has been five years since Corolla received a redesign, the latest model has benefited from annual improvements to keep it competitive. Corolla stacks up well against Civic with a stout list of standard features, more available options, superb audio and telematics as well as an advantage in a few key interior dimensions.

Value: Corolla has a strong price-point advantage over Civic. The addition of Toyota Care means better value and peace of mind over the long haul

Value: With standard features such as heated outside mirrors and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Corolla LE offers touches of luxury and versatility that Civic LX can’t match

Value: Corolla LE offers a host of optional features, such as a Navigation system and power moonroof, that are only available on a more expensive EX or EX-L grade

Technology: When it comes to audio and telematics, Corolla LE stands out with its available Display Audio and Navigation and Entune head unit which can’t be matched by Civic LX

Comfort: Although there are similarities in the interior dimensions for both, in a few key dimensions, Corolla makes more room for rear seat occupants than Civic

2013 Toyota Corolla

Off the starting line, Corolla has a price-point advantage over Civic.

Plus, like all Toyotas, Corolla comes with Toyota Care, which includes a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan and roadside assistance coverage for two years or 25,000 miles of ownership, whichever comes first. The service is performed by factory-trained technicians and helps to ensure the integrity and longevity of the vehicle.

2013 Corolla LE 2013 Civic LX Toyota Advantage
Starting MSRP $18,975 $19,755 $780
Maintenance plan Complimentary Available for Purchase

Corolla LE includes a number of standard features that are missing from Civic LX. The luxury feature of heated exterior mirrors and the added versatility of a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat offer a lot of customer appeal.

2013 Corolla LE 2013 Civic LX
Heated exterior mirrors Standard Not available
Split-folding rear seat Standard Not available
Seatback storage Standard Not available
Audio system speakers 6 4

One of the key selling points for Corolla is the host of optional features that will allow the customer to custom tailor the vehicle as they desire. While Civic does offer some similar options, buyers will have to move up to the more expensive EX or EX-L grades to find them. A very nicely equipped Corolla LE, packaged with Display Audio with Navigation and Entune carries an MSRP of $20,005. A comparably equipped Civic EX tops out at $23,105, showing a $3,100 advantage for Toyota.

2013 Corolla LE 2013 Civic LX
Driver Multi-adjustable Power Seat Optional Not Available
Interior Day/Night Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Optional Not Available
Overhead Console Storage Optional Not Available
Automatic Climate Control Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Navigation System Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Power Sunroof/Moonroof Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Satellite Radio Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Rear Spoiler Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Voice Activated Controls Optional Available (EX & EX-L only)
Front Fog Lamps Optional Available (EX-L only)
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Available (EX-L only)

 

While Corolla and Civic offer standard audio systems that are comparable, Corolla LE has optional Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, which far exceeds what’s available from Honda, even when upgrading to Civic EX. Its 6.1-in. touch-screen display is controlled via voice recognition or with steering-wheel mounted controls, providing customers with an easy-to-use interface, while offering some of the most advanced features on the road. Entune’s customizable suite of apps and data services, Bing and OpenTable, help keep occupants both informed and entertained.

 

2013 Corolla LE 2013 Civic LX
Standard audio speakers 6 4
HD Radio Available Not Available
SiriusXM Radio Available Not Available
iTunes Tagging Available Not Available
Bing Available Not Available
iHeartRadio Available Not Available
Movietickets.com Available Not Available
Opentable Available Not Available
Voice activated controls Available Not Available
iPod interface Standard Standard
Pandora compatibility Standard Standard
Bluetooth streaming audio Standard Standard

Although they share relatively similar dimensions, Corolla takes the lead in rear occupant comfort. And, Corolla’s aforementioned standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat offers versatility that can’t be matched by Civic LX.

2013 Corolla LE 2013 Civic LX
Head room front (in.) 38.8 39.0
Head room rear (in.) 37.2 37.1
Hip room front (in.) 53.0 50.5
Hip room rear (in.) 43.9 51.4
Leg room front (in.) 41.7 42.0
Leg room rear (in.) 36.3 36.2
Shoulder room front (in.) 54.8 56.6
Shoulder room rear (in.) 54.7 53.3

There is no question that Civic is a strong competitor for Corolla and, with its recent refresh, Honda is well repositioned in the category. However, Corolla offers a content level and options list that gives customers exactly what they want. Add to that the technologies of Display Audio and Entune, and Corolla is prepared to hold its ground against Civic.

2013 Toyota Corolla Interior

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