2016 Toyota Corolla 2016 Honda Civic
30 city/40 highway mpg Max Fuel Economy 31 city/42 highway mpg
6.1-inch Standard touchscreen 5-inch
3 Transmission Options 2
41.4 inches Rear Legroom 37.4 inches

2016 Toyota Corolla vs 2016 Honda Civic

2016 Toyota Corolla steering wheel and display

Everyone loves a good rivalry. Whether it is in sports or life, every time two heavy-hitters are placed against each other, the competition is sure to be fierce. When it comes to compact cars, the very first rivalry most people will think of is the 2016 Toyota Corolla vs the 2016 Honda Civic. These two cars have been locked in constant competition with each other for decades. When comparing the most recent incarnations of each, only one can emerge a winner.

Both cars begin with similar numbers under the hood. Toyota and Honda each choose to equip their compacts with standard four-cylinder engines. Honda uses a 2.0-liter on the Civic and while Toyota opted for a 1.8-liter on the Corolla. The fuel economy numbers for each car are also neck-and-neck. At their best, both cars break the 30 city and 40 highway miles per gallon barriers. If transmission variety is an important factor, the 2016 Corolla is the better option. Corolla shoppers have the option to choose from three different transmission options - a manual, an automatic and a CVT. The Honda Civic only offers a manual and a CVT.

2016 Toyota Corolla Interior Space and Features

In most compact cars, the back seat is not a fun place for passengers to be. With the 2016 Toyota Corolla, this is not the case. Taller passengers will appreciate the 41.4 cubic feet of rear seat legroom. Comparably, the 2016 Honda Civic only offers 37.4 cubic feet.

In addition to the spacious interior, the 2016 Toyota Corolla offers several great features that add to the comfort of the car. Base Camry models come equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, over an inch larger than the 5-inch screen standard on the Civic. Connectivity on the Corolla is offered via Bluetooth, USB, auxiliary and Siri Eyes Free. Standard and available features include keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Entune Plus audio system, a sunroof and heated seats. All of these features are spread out over four trim levels, giving the Corolla a variety of options at any price level.

The competition between the Civic and the Corolla is not going to stop any time soon. For the 2016 model year, the Toyota Corolla comes out on top - its stellar interior and added transmission options allowing it to pull away from its rival.

2016 Toyota Corolla interior