Comparability: 2022 Honda Civic Touring vs Toyota Corolla XSE

Head-to-head within the high trims of two of Canada’s hottest sellers

Brian Harper: The compact sedan phase could have misplaced a few of its shine over the previous decade as consumers flocked to crossovers, but it surely nonetheless generates considerable gross sales volumes, particularly our two rivals right here, Elle. Within the Honda Civic, we have now, for the previous 23 years, the best-selling automobile in Canada. Within the Toyota Corolla, the primary promoting nameplate worldwide with greater than 50 million leaving factories because the mannequin first debuted in 1966.  

The Civic has been redesigned for 2022, now within the eleventh technology of a line stretching again to 1972. The Corolla is now three years into its twelfth technology. So, this can be a four-door sedan comparability that’s as truthful because it will get. We’re testing the highest trim ranges from every producer — the $30,265 Civic Touring versus the $29,590 Corolla XSE. Each are mainstream vehicles comprehensively geared up with options that have been as soon as the purview of luxurious vehicles. Preliminary ideas?  

Elle Alder: It’s onerous to not come into this with a handful of preconceptions. The Corolla is a automobile celebrated for its reliable sameness and reliability, whereas the Civic is a mainstay for its emphasis on worth and content material. Showing in these high trims, each vehicles load up on aesthetic and purposeful options — a good way to evaluate their potential and their limitations. 

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Approaching the 2, Toyota is clearly making an attempt to boost the Corolla’s decidedly beige status with sharper, “sportier” styling than the comparatively conservative new Civic. Sit down inside, nonetheless, and the Corolla is your standard ticking-the-boxes Toyota inside. The Civic, however, balances the impartial exterior with a progressive cabin that feels considerably extra fashionable and welcoming. 

Each vehicles share loads of related characteristic content material however differ in execution. Heated entrance and rear seats, wi-fi charging, and navigation high the lists, together with security applied sciences reminiscent of blind spot and cross-traffic alerts. Repeatedly variable transmissions hold each engines quiet and thrifty, with gear-simulating paddle shifters if you would like a distinct stretch of the ability band. Each come prepared with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although the Civic has wi-fi help. And whereas each vehicles’ driver help suites embrace adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help, Honda’s feels way more refined, reliable, and easy. There’s lots extra that they differ on, nonetheless, isn’t there?

BH: Effectively, the largest distinction between the 2 is discovered underneath the hood. The Civic is powered by a small-displacement, 1.5-litre four-cylinder that pushes out a stable 180 horsepower because of its turbocharger. Toyota, in the meantime, continues to eschew the turbo route (though maybe that may very well be altering), sticking with a tried-and-true, naturally aspirated 2.0L 4, this one placing out a milder 169 hp. Maintaining in thoughts that neither of those vehicles is a sport sedan, acceleration is suitable if not notably inspiring, although it’s clear the Civic has extra verve when the fuel pedal is given a prod — credit score the turbo motor’s most 177 pound-feet of torque reached at a low 1,700 rpm, versus the two.0L’s 151 lb-ft of torque reached at 4,400 rpm. Curiously, the Corolla’s CVT features a bodily first gear used for preliminary acceleration, earlier than handing off to the transmission’s pulley system. The actual fact the Honda mill additionally delivers higher gasoline economic system is a bonus. 


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The one caveat, at the least for consumers who hold their automobiles for a very long time — I’m speaking eight to 10 years, if not longer — is the simplicity and famend reliability of the Toyota motor. As somebody who confronted a hefty invoice when the turbo in my very own (not a Honda) sedan failed, it’s one thing to contemplate.

EA: Within the brief time period, most complications in both automobile ought to be coated underneath guarantee. Each producers provide related three-year, 60,000 km warranties, along with additional protection together with five-year, 100,000 km powertrain warranties and diverse different particular coverages. Consumers outright purchases, long-term possession, and even resale worth would additionally do effectively to contemplate the prolonged warranties obtainable from the producers (not third-party). Honda affords prolonged protection as much as eight years/200,000 km; Toyota solely affords seven years/200,000 km.

BH: I used to be amused by your earlier description of the Civic’s exterior styling as “impartial,” contemplating its predecessor all the time struck me as being hurriedly permitted by a design committee with two minutes to go earlier than quitting time on the Friday afternoon of an extended weekend. The brand new 2022 mannequin is sporty and recent with out the Transformer-like weirdness. Equally, kudos to the Toyota designers who penned this technology of Corolla, the blandness of the previous changed by styling with a definite European aptitude.

You’re proper in regards to the Corolla’s cabin, although. It’s very a lot a form-follows-function method that neither offends nor conjures up — it simply is. The Civic’s inside structure, as you stated, is far more progressive. Notably, I discovered the Honda’s entrance seats way more snug, with higher bolstering and extra thigh help. And the hexagonal trim alongside the sprint that additionally homes the vents is impressed in its simplicity.

EA: Not solely are the seats extra snug, however the experience is extra forgiving and the drive extra satisfying total.

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On the whole, then, it appears we’re agreed that the Civic makes a greater impression and affords a extra nice expertise throughout. A greater drive, higher effectivity, nicer cabin supplies, dual-zone local weather management (surprisingly absent within the Corolla), higher consolation on lengthy freeway journeys — the extra that I weigh, the extra I prefer it. 

That turbocharger appears our best hang-up, however that shouldn’t be taken as casting doubt upon the Honda’s possible reliability — certainly, the steadiness sheet nonetheless appears to favour the Honda as a decisive winner. 

BH: Not a hang-up, Elle, only a thought. However, sure, we each agree the Civic is the champ right here. It’s not that the Corolla is disappointing as a lot because the Civic is simply so rattling spectacular, with a drive, a glance, and an total goodness that every one producers ought to attempt to not simply emulate however surpass, with the conclusion it can take a mighty effort to take action.

EA: That basically does tie this off neatly. The brand new Civic and Corolla are two very robust merchandise at related value factors. Whether or not trying on the brief time period or the lengthy haul, it appears onerous to go fallacious with both; nonetheless that Honda actually shines. We’re lucky to reside in a time when common vehicles have gotten to be this good, and advances like these within the Civic can solely proceed to lift the bar ever greater. 

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