2021 Toyota Corolla Vs. Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2021 Honda Civic at Stampede Toyota in Calgary, Alberta

Two of the most well-known offerings in the compact sedan market, and neck-and-neck competitors for years, the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic are the gold standard when it comes to smartly priced and well equipped sedans—with the 2021 versions being no different. Read on to learn how these two classic compacts stack up against each other in terms of performance, design, and safety, with Calgary’s Stampede Toyota.

Design & Features

Toyota Corolla Design

The 2021 Toyota Corolla is proof that a well priced sedan need not be boring, thanks to an incredibly sleek and stylish design. J-shaped bi-beam LED headlamps light the way forward for this bright and cheery sedan, while a unique honeycomb grille adds a bit of motorsport flair. Wide wheel wells complement the athletic nature of the 2021 Corolla and its low centre of gravity, while aggressive trims like the Corolla S Line and Apex Edition really lean into the sporty feel of the 2021 Toyota Corolla. 

Inside, smart design reigns supreme with an ergonomic instrument panel providing a clear view of the road ahead. Sport Cloth graces the base model of the Corolla, while higher trims boast the easy-to-clean, luxurious SofTex leather along with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Honda Civic Design

The 2021 Honda Civic also carries itself with a sporty appeal, with aggressively-styled front and rear fascias and side skirts. LED daytime running lights are standard, but LED headlights are added equipment, as well as an available one-touch power moonroof that looks great but definitely adds to the cost of this compact sedan. 

Inside, the 2021 Civic does offer leather-trimmed surfaces and heated seats as standard equipment, along with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The Civic does offer a bit more in terms of cargo volume but it’s also longer and wider than the Corolla, while their wheelbases match up exactly—giving the Corolla a smoother and more controlled feel on the road.

Specifications: 2021 Toyota Corolla L CVT 2021 Honda Civic Sedan LX
Length 4630 mm 4640 mm
Width 1780 mm 2076 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm 2700 mm
Cargo Volume 371-litres 428-litres

Performance & Capability


The 2021 Toyota Corolla and 2021 Honda Civic match up quite closely when it comes to engine power, with the latter taking a slide edge in terms of horsepower. With both being matched to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the slightly smaller engine found in the 2021 Corolla proves to be just a bit more efficient—while also lowering the overall weight of the vehicle, allowing its horsepower to make a bit more of an impact. Both models also offer a second engine option, with the Honda and Toyota offering 174 and 169 horsepower respectively, making for an even smaller distinction.

While we mentioned the equal wheelbase (on a smaller vehicle) above, the 2021 Toyota Corolla finds other ways to offer impressive handling starting with the wide track and rigid structure of its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. Add in a multi-link rear suspension and active cornering assist, and the 2021 Corolla is an exceptionally responsive sedan. The 2021 Honda Civic also offers an independent multi-link rear suspension system, but it just doesn’t offer the same smooth handling found in the Corolla.

Specifications: 2021 Toyota Corolla L CVT 2021 Honda Civic LX
Engine 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder
Horsepower 139 158
Transmission CVT CVT


Toyota and Honda are both synonymous with safe and reliable vehicles, so how do the 2021 Corolla and 2021 Civic stack up against each other? These two flagship sedans both offer the best in advanced safety and driver assistance features—standard. That means the 2021 Toyota Corolla is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, with advanced active-safety features like Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection (plus Daytime Bicycle Detection), Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, as well as the available Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control feature. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert also comes standard on the LE and SE grades, and all trims above. Honda Sensing™ technologies are found in the 2021 Civic, with similar features like Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. With these two sedans so evenly matched, a comparison comes down to little details like the fact that the 2021 Corolla offers 10 airbags compared to the 6 found in the Civic.

Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic Verdict

Similar in every way, from their size and performance aspects to their advanced safety, the 2021 Toyota Corolla and 2021 Honda Civic are a pair of evenly matched options when it comes to compact sedans. However, when it comes to choices and price, the Corolla takes the cake. With the base sedan starting at $19,350 compared to the starting price of $23,400 for the Civic, the 2021 Toyota Corolla offers better bang for your buck. The Corolla lineup also offers more options—including more environmentally friendly options—than the Civic lineup, with 8 different trims to choose from including a Hybrid model compared to 4 for the Honda. Both manufacturers also offer hatchback versions separate from the sedan lineup, with Honda also offering a more performance-oriented model that starts at a whopping $46,200. 

Whether you’re looking for a smart sedan like the Corolla, a best-selling SUV like the RAV4, or a rough and tumble truck like the Tundra, you’ll find it at Calgary’s Stampede Toyota. With a huge selection of both new and pre-owned vehicles, to vehicle financing, service, parts, accessories, and more, we’re the first word when it comes to Toyota in Alberta!

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