2022 Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla – Which is right for you?

April 19th, 2022 by

Those looking for a new sedan or hatchback to give their sense of adventure new life would do well in a 2022 Honda Civic or 2022 Toyota Corolla. But which of these models is the right one for you? Let’s explore what each one has to offer. If you have any questions, call our Honda dealership today at (513) 829-7300.

2022 Honda Civic vs Toyota Corolla

2022 Honda Civic (left) vs Toyota Corolla (right)

Trim Levels and Prices

First things first — let’s talk cost. Both the Civic and the Corolla are offered in a range of trim levels with increasing price points and levels of luxury. These trim levels make it easy for you to find a model that suits your style and budget. Here are the trim levels and starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for both the 2022 Civic and Corolla to help you in your search.

2022 Honda Civic Trims

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan is produced in six trim levels:

  • LX: $22,350.
  • Sport: $23,750.
  • EX: $25,350.
  • Si: $27,300.
  • Touring: $28,950.

The hatchback version of the Civic has a similar lineup:

  • LX: $23,350.
  • Sport: $24,550.
  • EX-L: $27,050.
  • Sport Touring: $29,850.

2022 Toyota Corolla Trims

You’ll find the 2022 Toyota Corolla in nine trim levels:

  • L: $20,175.
  • LE: $20,625.
  • Hybrid LE: $23,750.
  • SE: $22,625.
  • SE Nightshade Edition: $23,225.
  • SE Apex Edition: $25,220.
  • XLE: $24,575.
  • XSE: $26,075.
  • XSE Apex Edition: $28,360.

The Toyota Corolla is also offered in hatchback form, giving you the option between three trim levels:

  • SE: $20,915.
  • SE Nightshade Edition: $22,915.
  • XSE: $23,865.

Though the Corolla has a cheaper starting-off price point, you’ll see that this is a get-what-you-pay-for situation once you start looking under the hood. 

Engines and Power

Both the 2022 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have multiple four-cylinder engines available. The Civic’s engines are more powerful across the board. If you’re looking to add some excitement to your drives, the Civic is the way to go.

2202 Honda Civic

The 2022 Honda Civic sedans and hatchbacks have a range of powertrains for you to choose from. 

The LX and Sport feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a standard continuously variable automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual transmission is available at the hatchback’s Sport level.

At the EX, EX-L, Touring, and Sport Touring levels, the Civic’s powertrain is upgraded to a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The variable automatic transmission is standard and the Sport Touring has the option to upgrade to the six-speed manual.

For those who want more speed, there is the Si series. The Civic Si is outfitted with the same turbocharged four-cylinder as the EX and Touring but gets 200 horsepower out of it. The Si’s engine is connected to a six-speed manual transmission that offers rev-matching downshifts.

2022 Toyota Corolla

The L, LE, and XLE are equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. This engine is connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

At the SE level, you’ll get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The hatchback models come standard with this engine but have the option between a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission.

The LE trim level is available as a hybrid. This model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that work together to create 121 horsepower. This powertrain has a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Interior Features

As we mentioned in the beginning, the Civic and Corolla become more luxurious with higher trim level upgrades. The Civic’s EX/EX-L is arguably the beginning of the luxury offerings with features such as heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery for the EX-L. The Corolla’s version of the EX is the XLE, and it also offers heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery. However, it’s equipped with single-zone automatic climate control. Both models start off with a 7-inch touch screen that offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Going through the list of interior features at each trim level would take another article dedicated to it. Basically, both models do a good job of giving you enough options to find the best balance of price and features that works for you.

MPG

The 2022 Honda Civic sedan gets up to 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The 2022 Toyota Corolla sedan also gets 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, so the competition is head to head in this department.

However, the Corolla does offer the option of a hybrid powertrain. This model offers up to 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. So if your primary focus is fuel efficiency, you might consider switching to the Corolla LE and forgoing the extra features you find at the higher trim levels.

Safety Features

The Civic and Corolla are fairly similar when it comes to standard safety features. Both come with a sizeable collection of driver-assist technologies with every model.

2022 Honda Civic Safety Features

Each new Honda Civic comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite. This collection of driver-assist technologies helps prepare you for more of the road’s surprises so that you can stay safer and navigate more confidently. Each model comes with Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System, a road departure mitigation system, a lane-keeping assist system, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. A blind-spot monitor becomes standard at the EX and EX-L levels.

2022 Toyota Corolla Safety Features

The new Corolla comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite, which is similar to the Honda Sensing collection. Toyota makes standard a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. You’ll get the blind spot monitor at the XLE level.

Final Verdict

Though the new Corolla puts up a good fight, we have to cast our vote for the 2022 Civic. Rather than force you to work your way up through many trim levels to find the power and creature comforts you want, the Civic gives it to you sooner for a reasonable price. Plus, it’s just so fun to look at. If you think you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a 2022 Honda Civic for a test drive, you can get your turn at Performance Honda in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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