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Used Honda Civic vs. Used Toyota Corolla Review

used Honda Civic

If you prefer a best-seller in its category, two of the biggest are the used Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. Here’s a look at how these go head to head. If you are looking for a used Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic in Phoenix, check out the large online inventory at Earnhardt Auto Centers.

Honda Civic review

Used Honda Civic

First, meet the Honda Civic. It had its most exciting year in 2016 when Honda really upped its styling. These cars have a strong resale value at ten years, which would indicate that recent models are an excellent used car buy. Even if you go back before 2016, you will find good fuel economy, a good safety record, and real dependability. Generally, you’ll need to find something beyond the basic model to get some of Honda’s best technologies on the dash. If you want a hatchback, you’ll want a 2017 or 2018 used Honda Civic.

Used Toyota Corolla

Next, meet the Toyota Corolla. This small car has a remarkably big backseat thanks to clever engineering. That spacious interior is matched by a spacious trunk. Like the Civic, it has good fuel economy and good safety record. Also like the Civic, Corolla often retains value at the ten-year mark. So it’s a good investment.


You should be able to find used Corollas and Civics with rearview cameras, even if they are a few years old. They also have their versions of connectivity for smartphones. While shopping, ask to learn more about how these systems work.


If you are looking for variety, the Honda Civic has more engine choices and more styles. But extra horsepower does come with a higher pricetag. If you want a coupe, Civic is the only choice as Corollas are strictly sedans. Civics are offered with manual transmissions which can be more fun to drive and often reduce the price of the vehicle.

used Toyota Corolla


If you are looking for automatic emergency braking or adaptive cruise control, you may find it on 2016 Civics, but you’ll have to look for a 2017 Corolla. However, you should check out their safety records. They often earn all five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Driver Comfort

The Corolla lets the driver sit higher than the Civic does. Yet it still has more headroom for taller drivers. The windows also provide greater visibility. So it may be worth test-driving both to see if one is a better fit for you than the other.

What else would you like to know about Civics and Corollas? Talk to our staff online or visit one of our dealerships with your questions. We’ve got answers at Earnhardt Auto Centers.

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