2020 Toyota Corolla vs 2020 Honda Civic

The 12th generation Toyota Corolla sedans and hatchbacks are here, and they have been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. Spoiler alert: they’re looking better than ever. They’re sporting a bolder and more athletic look that makes the vehicle even more appealing that its prior iterations. But is the Corolla redesign enough to topple the Civic?

Time to find out. 2020 Toyota Corolla SE vs 2020 Honda Civic LX. Let’s go.

2020 Toyota Corolla SE


2020 Honda Civic LX

$22,050 (Sedan);

$21,390 (Hatch)

$23,700 (Sedan);

$24,150 (Hatch)
2.0L-inline 4-cyl Engine 1.5L turbocharged 4-cyl
169 hp / 151 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 174 hp / 162 ft-lbs
FWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed manual or CVT Transmission 6-speed manual or CVT

31 / 40 / 34 mpg (Sedan);

32 / 41 / 35 mpg (Hatch)
Fuel Economy

32 / 42 / 36 mpg (Sedan);

31 / 40 / 34 mpg (Hatch)


New Sedan and Hatchback in Palatine, IL

2020 Corolla hybrid

Go Green, Save Green

The Corolla, for the first time in the model’s history, will be have a hybrid drivetrain variation. The Civic has no such option. For environmentally minded people, this is a deciding factor. And its specs are no joke, particularly its astounding fuel economy. Check them out.


2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE

MSRP $23,100
Engine 1.8L-inline 4-cyl
Horsepower / Torque 121 hp / 105 ft-lbs
Drivetrain FWD Hybrid
Transmission CVT
Fuel Economy 53 / 52 / 52 mpg


Safety is Standard

The Civic has a lot of safety features, but Toyota pulled out all the stops for this one. The Corolla has more standard features than the Civic. Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0—standard on all Corolla models—includes Pre-Collision System with low-light and cyclist Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Road Edge Detection with Sway Warning System, Automatic High-Beams, Road Sign Assist, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Also present on the Corolla is the Toyota Star Safety System™, which boasts Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology®. That’s not even all the standard safety features, but we think you get the idea.

Interested? We’re not surprised. Contact Toyota of Arlington and schedule a test drive for the new Corolla today.

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2020 Corolla dash and infotainment showcase
2020 Corolla partial front-end stylized shot
2020 Corolla front seats