I mean, when it comes to competition, these cars always go head to head. Honestly, all you have to do is a simple Google search and you will come across a plethora of online debates that assert this fact. Toyota and Honda both dropped the 2022 model for the Corolla and Civic variants in late 2021, leaving deliberations to contend with which is the better car. 

I mean, when it comes to competition, these cars always go head to head. Honestly, all you have to do is a simple Google search and you will come across a plethora of online debates that assert this fact. Toyota and Honda both dropped the 2022 model for the Corolla and Civic variants in late 2021, leaving deliberations to contend with which is the better car. 

Natural rivals, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are two reliable compact sedans from automakers with deserved reputations for dependability. I am sure owners of the older models of these cars can duly attest to the “doings” of both cars. If you are looking for affordability, reliability, and versatile nature of improvement, you should look no further than these sedans. They are practically owned by most middle-class families across the country and are also a favourite of car-hailing drivers. 

2022 Honda Civic Vs 2022 Toyota Corolla back view
2022 Honda Civic Vs 2022 Toyota Corolla back view

We know the Honda and Toyota aficionados of the world are die-hard fans of their beloved choices. But we are not here to talk about the effortless qualities that make up both cars. No, we are here to dig into the debate about which car is essentially a better choice. I am sure people who are owners or test drivers have already come to their own conclusion about which car is the better choice of the two. Still, for those who have these models on their shopping list and are baffled about which car to buy, we have compiled the pros and cons of each compact sedan and the advantages they have over each other. 

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2022 Honda Civic: Pros over the 2022 Toyota Corolla

Engine Accuracy

The Civic triumphs mechanically thanks to its quicker 1.5-litre inline 4-cylinder turbo engine. It has 180 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. In contrast, the 2.0-litre normally aspirated inline-four engine of the Toyota Corolla generates 169 horsepower and achieves a 0-60 time of 8.2 seconds.

Interior Size and Space 

The new Civic features a larger interior than the Corolla because of its longer wheelbase (107.7 inches versus 106.3 inches). There are 42.3 inches of front legroom and 37.4 inches of back seat legroom in the Honda, compared to 42.0 and 34.8 inches in the Corolla. The Civic has a larger trunk than the Corolla, with 14.8 cubic feet compared to 13.1 cubic feet. The trunk is a benefit because of its luggage carriage and all-around capacity. Those who favour comfortability in their cars might also like this attribute of the Civic. 

Riding Efficiency and Trends 

Thanks to its independent rear suspension, the Civic handles confidently and comfortably. It is one of the few reasonably priced compact cars that are enjoyable to drive. The impressive ride quality smooths out ruts and bumps that were uncomfortable to drive over in the Corolla. The Civic features two performance models, the Civic Si and Civic Type R, and is also quicker to 60 mph. This might be a deal breaker because we are well aware of how bumpy and uneven Nigerian roads can be. This alone can showcase the durability the Civic has over the Corolla. 

Functionalist Technology 

Honestly, the Corolla simply feels outdated. All things considered, the Civic feels more modern. The Civic has two rear USB ports while the Corolla only has one awkwardly placed in the centre armrest, and it has a large 9.0-inch infotainment display while the largest Toyota system only measures 8.0 inches. The Civic also has a fully digital instrument cluster, which is more impressive than Corolla’s half-analogue, half-digital setup. As a result, for those tech-savvy gurus or consumers who are more focused on the innovations of the car, the Civic will have to be your choice.

2022 Honda Civic Vs 2022 Toyota Corolla fron view
2022 Honda Civic Vs 2022 Toyota Corolla front view

Safety Options 

Both the Honda Sensing and Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance active safety suites are standard on the Civic and Corolla, although the Honda’s is superior. The Honda Sensing suite in the new Civic feels more like what can be gotten in a more luxurious or expensive car (we have to give them props for that!) displaying all the vehicles around you in the instrument cluster display and offering steering assistance to keep you centred in your lane. In contrast, the Toyota system, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, which have been around for years and seem less advanced and more monotonous than anything, reduces the appeal of the sedan. 

The 2022 Toyota Corolla: Pros Over The 2022 Honda Civic 

Interior Sound 

To be honest, the interiors of both of these sedans are a tad noisy, but that’s standard for the market value and what should be expected from less costly cars. However, when the Honda is driving over rough pavement, the cabin becomes extremely noisy, and while the engine is working hard, passengers will notice. While the Corolla’s engine can also become a touch boisterous and loud at higher RPMs and wind noise is audible at higher speeds, it is generally quieter than the Civic on uneven pavement.

Hybrid Variant 

The Corolla, unlike the Civic, may be equipped with a very effective hybrid drivetrain. Yes, the Honda Insight can be compared to a hybrid Civic, but the basic price of the Insight is twenty-one million naira as opposed to eighteen million naira for the Corolla Hybrid. The Corolla Hybrid has a total range of 593 miles and achieves an exceptional 53/52 mpg city/highway. So, when it comes to fuel efficiency and price on the hybrid drivetrain, the Corolla is superior.  

2022 Toyota Corolla and 2022 Honda Civic
2022 Toyota Corolla and 2022 Honda Civic


The Corolla is the winner when it comes to being more affordable. I mean, everyone is on the lookout for less expensive and reliable cars, and Corolla checks that requirement. With an average starting price of twelve million naira for the 2022 model, the Civic’s fourteen million naira average price cannot come close to outbidding it. 


At this juncture, you don’t need a soothsayer to indicate which sedan is the better choice to buy. The 2022 Honda Civic leads in this race against the Toyota Corolla. If you are looking for a car you want to truly enjoy and is equipped with more standard features than what can be easily gotten, the Civic is the one to choose. The Toyota Corolla also comes with its quirks, especially when it comes to the hybrid variant. We can see the automakers expertly tried to be innovative, but they cut short with the other drivetrains, making them easily average in most of their features. It goes without saying that the Toyota is a good compact sedan for those looking for a less expensive and more practical vehicle.

Specifications 2022 Honda Civic  2022 Toyota Corolla
Fuel Economy 26/42 mpg city/highway 28/52 mpg city/highway
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.4 13.2
Engine (SAE Net Torque @ RPM) 177 @ 1700 151 @ 4400
Displacement 1.5 L/91 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 180 @ 6000 169 @ 6600
Engine Type  Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3088 3110

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Honda Civic better than the Toyota Corolla? 

It depends on what kind of car you are looking for. Both are quite affordable and one of the best as far as compact sedans can be. If you are looking for a smart car with standard features, then the Honda Civic is for you. But if you want a less costly and reliable car, the Corolla might be a better choice.

How much is a second-hand Toyota Corolla?

You can get a second-hand Toyota Corolla (old model) for the price of three million naira. You may even find it for a lower price if it is an older model.

Where can I buy a Honda?

You can get your brand new and pre-owned Honda cars from Carmart. We sell according to your budget. You can scroll through our website to see the price listing for available Honda cars, or you can reach out to us through our other platforms.

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