When Toyota added a hatchback version to the Corolla's catalog for 2019, the Honda Civic 5-door found a new rival in its path. With the model's renewal for 2022, the comparison was inevitable.
Unfortunately for Toyota, it doesn't end well.
Let's take a look at what the two models offer, but more importantly, what makes the one with the Honda logo so dominant.
Why do people choose a hatchback over a sedan? To ask the question is to answer it. Apart from styling considerations, it's because this model is simply more practical because of its hatchback.
And with a hatchback, you're automatically interested in the amount of cargo space you have. Here, the battle isn't even close. The trunk of the 5-door Corolla offers 504 liters of space. It's about 700 with the Civic (official figure to be confirmed). And the merry-go-round is repeated with the second-row seats folded down.
More engines and more power
The Corolla Hatchback is powered by a single engine, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that offers 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Nothing against this powertrain, but the Civic's 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine offers 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque for a more dynamic performance.
What's more, the Civic Hatchback can also be delivered with the Civic's base model, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. More choice and more power.
The new Corolla is probably the best ever. It's prettier, more dynamic and gives consumers more. The problem is that the new 2022 Honda Civic is also the best in the history of the model.
On the road, where one amazes (Corolla), the other knocks us over (Civic).
Really, if you're faced with two interesting products with the Corolla and the Civic, the latter is downright dominant. Come and see it in a dealership to find out for yourself.