Both the Corolla and Civic feature two engines with the Civic having the more powerful on both fronts. The Civic features a standard 1.8-liter, 140-horsepower engine and a 2.0-liter, 197-horsepower engine in the Si trim. Compare those to the Corolla’s base 1.8-liter, 132-horsepower engine or the optional 2.4-liter, 158-horsepower engine.
If you’re looking for spacious interiors and tons of cargo space, the Civic and Corolla are not for you. But when comes to legroom, headroom, cargo volume and seating capacity, the Corolla and Civic are neck-and-neck. Because the Civic is available as a sedan and a coupe, the coupe offers slightly less passenger volume. Both have approximately 12 cubic feet of trunk space.
Fuel Economy/The Green Effect
One of the most appealing features of the Civic and Corolla is their exceptional fuel economy. They are neck-and-neck when it comes to mileage with 22-27 mpg in the city and 30-35 mpg on the highway for the Corolla. The Civic receives 21-26/29-34 mpg city/highway. The Corolla emits fewer carbon emissions with 6.1-7.3 metric tons, while the Civic emits 6.3-7.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
If you love the latest and greatest in technology, you will enjoy both cars. Bluetooth connectivity and navigation systems are optional in both vehicles. The Civic EX and EX-L trims offer a USB Audio Interface, which lets you control your music library through a 350-watts and seven-speakers with XM Satellite Radio, while the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition proves to be a nice touch. The Corolla boasts an optional touch screen DVD navigation system and a 440-watt, eight-speaker JBL 6-disc in-dash CD changer with XM Satellite Radio capability. Both have a standard MP3/AUX jack.
When it comes to safety, both are Top Safety Picks of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They both rate well in various impact tests with the Civic edging the Corolla when it comes to head/neck injuries. Other than optional vehicle stability assist and traction control, both have a copious amount of standard safety features.
The destination charge is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle from its point of origin to the dealer. It costs roughly the same to get the Honda Civic to the dealership as the Fusion. In terms of MSRP, the Ford Fusion costs about as much as the Civic (though the Civic is a little cheaper). The Civic will save you a bunch of money at the pump every year compared to the Ford Fusion.
Neither the Ford Fusion nor the Honda Civic has a marked advantage regarding seating capacity.
While the front cabin in the Fusion offers a bit more head room than the Honda Civic, there honestly isn’t much of a difference. The Ford Fusion provides more head- and leg-room to your passengers than the Honda Civic does.
The Ford Fusion is considerably heavier than the Civic. Your wallet will hurt more every time you fill up the Ford than the Honda because of its more capacious tank. The Honda Civic and the Ford Fusion compete for the same parking spaces.
When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Fusion packs quite a punch and will knock the Civic down a few rungs. On the other hand, note that high horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums. With its very low horsepower-to-weight ratio, the Ford Fusion will knock you back into your seat when you step on the gas.
With its tighter turning radius, the Honda Civic is very likely nimbler than the Fusion, something to consider if you do a lot of city driving; on the other hand, remember that a vehicle with a tight turning circle may feel a bit twitchy on the highway.
The Ford’s engine is tremendously more massive than the Honda Civic’s. Remember that larger engines may use more gas than smaller ones. The Civic could learn a lesson or two from the Fusion in terms of pickup. Torque is the force that lets you accelerate quickly, and in this respect, the Ford Fusion is tremendously more powerful than the Honda Civic.
The Honda Civic and the Ford Fusion have the same basic after-sale protection.