2014 Honda Civic Vs 2014 Toyota Corolla

Consumers looking to purchase a new vehicle appreciate the term ‘value’ now more than ever before. Buying a new vehicle is a big purchase, both in terms of finances, and long-term outlook, and getting a vehicle that will hold value, while being a comfortable and suitable everyday vehicle, is key to new car buyers.

The 2014 Honda Civic and 2014 Toyota Corolla are two compact sedans that are quality vehicles that appeal to many people. But which is better in terms of overall value? Read on to learn why we believe it’s the Civic, and not the Corolla, that deserves your time and consideration for your next vehicle.

Value

When it comes to value, there aren’t many vehicles on the road that compare with the 2014 Honda Civic. The new Civic has received rave reviews from both ALG and KBB that have the Civic pegged near the top of its class when it comes to holding its value.

“With its reputation for reliability, safety, comfort and excellent resale still intact, the 2014 Honda Civic remains one of the best small-car values around,” said KBB.com. ALG shows that the Civic holds around 57% of its residual value after 36 months, and a wonderful 42% five years after you’ve first taken the Civic off the dealership lot.

The same cannot be quite said for the 2014 Toyota Corolla, which is good at holding its value, but not like the Civic. According to ALG, the Corolla holds up to 54% of its residual value after 36 months, and only 40% after 60 months. Also, ALG says the new Corolla’s depreciation rating is three stars, compared to five stars for the Civic.

We’ll call that a win for the 2014 Civic.

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Driving Dynamics

If you’re looking for a smooth, quiet and refined driving experience, the new Civic is for you. Boasting a very capable 143 horsepower, the new Civic is peppy and is light on its chassis. Auto experts applaud the new Civic for its sharp handling, comfortable ride, and refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). They also enjoy the fact that Honda continues to reduce road and engine noise inside the Civic’s cabin, keeping interior sounds delightfully separate from outside interference.

When it comes to the new Toyota Corolla, designers redesigned everything, yet decided to leave their new model with an outdated, unrefined four-cylinder only capable of 132 horsepower. If you desire an engine that is comparable to the new Civic, you’ll have to upgrade to the…oh wait, there is no Corolla that offers the same engine output as the Civic. Some of these critics have actually used terms like ‘lackluster’, ‘underpowered’, and ‘uncomfortable’. They also complain about the amount of noise that comes in from the outside of the Corolla, a problem for those who wish to have an unencumbered music/driving experience in their compact sedan.

Another one for the Civic.


Technology Please

In terms of technology, Honda has loaded their new Civic model with quality features that are leaps and bounds ahead of competitors.

Boasting amenities like standard rearview camera, Bluetooth and hands-free audio streaming, text-message reader, USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise controls, and Pandora Internet radio, the Civic impressed all reviewers who say it is well-packaged. This is all teamed up with their new HondaLink infotainment system, which has been well-received since its initial release.

Serious techies may opt for a higher trim of the Civic such as the EX or EX-L, which will add on other goodies such as a 7-inch infotainment display that supports iPhone users and their screen-pinching, swiping, and tapping features, as well as Honda’s awesome LaneWatch system that uses a camera mounted underneath the passenger side mirror to view oncoming vehicles in their blind spot.

Conversely, the Corolla makes it a tad bit harder to work these options, seeing as how rearview camera is not standard on new base model Corollas, and a smaller 6.1-inch touchscreen is available on the LE trim level and above only. Adding certain amenities is tougher too, with trims like the LE, LE Eco, and S having three different equipment packages with more separate options. Rumor also has it that Toyota’s “Entune” infotainment system is decent, but has some frustrating issues like being sometimes unresponsive, and is quite tedious to set up.

Lasting Impressions From Auto Critics

Most automotive critics agree that the new Honda Civic and new Toyota Corolla are quality offerings from their respective automakers. While some have their favorite, others keep an impartial attitude to offer new car buyers a well-rounded view of these two competitors. Let’s see what the overall impressions were of the two compact competitors.

Edmunds.com

2014 Honda Civic: Edmunds Rating – ‘A’

“Honda has made another major round of improvements to the Civic for 2014. As a result, the 2014 Honda Civic is one of the best compact cars you can buy.”

2014 Toyota Corolla: Edmunds Rating – ‘B’

“The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla looks to regain stature in the compact sedan class. Crisper styling, better fuel economy, more rear-seat room and a highly functional interior design should help it remain a big seller.”


CarGurus.com

2014 Honda Civic: CarGurus Rating – 8.2/10

“The 2014 Honda Civic drives like a more refined and capable vehicle than either its price point or competitive set might indicate. Sophisticated, refined and utterly capable, there are few dynamic flaws in this vehicle.”

2014 Toyota Corolla: CarGurus Rating – 8.0/10

“Though not the prettiest in the bunch, the Corolla delivers fuel-efficient daily motoring in a package that will make it a tremendously reliable addition to your garage.”


U.S. News

2014 Honda Civic: U.S. News Rating – Overall 8.5/10 #3 In Affordable Small Cars

“Auto writers say the 2014 Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field.”

2014 Toyota Corolla: U.S. News Rating – 8.0/10 #13 In Affordable Small Cars

“After a complete overhaul, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Corolla still caters to those who value simplicity and dependability over sporty handling and flashy looks.”


The Car Connection

2014 Honda Civic: TCC Rating – Overall 8.0/10

“The 2014 Honda Civic sedan and coupe are back in sync with the market — and they’re given a new CVT automatic and a revised top-trim infotainment system this year that should increase their appeal even further.”

2014 Toyota Corolla: TCC Rating – Overall 7.6/10 #13 In Affordable Small Cars

“The 2014 Toyota Corolla keeps its frugal, responsible core but adds a lot more verve.”

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