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Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Corolla

$367
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$365
inexpensive
expensive
$367
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.27
not often
very often
0.3
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (22)
4 (74)
3 (15)
2 (8)
1 (1)
The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Our Honda Civic 2005 LX had only 80,000 miles on it, and had been kept in perfect condition (upkeep - new timing best, oil changes, etc.) Without warning, the guide pin for the cam gear broke off...”
“Our Honda Civic 2005 LX had only 80,000 miles on it, and had been kept in perfect condition (upk...”
5 (31)
4 (85)
3 (45)
2 (14)
1 (3)
The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“My car just about hit 95k and front right stuf and transmission are bad, the guys at the dealership said that never happens. Well it sure did buddy. They offered to sell me a rebuilt one from the f...”
“My car just about hit 95k and front right stuf and transmission are bad, the guys at the dealersh...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

Here we have two of the best-selling, most reliable compact sedans. In terms of safety, both the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have been early adopters of advanced driver assistance features, such as collision prevention systems and land departure warnings. The Corolla comes with Toyota Safety Sense, and the Civic offers Honda Sensing. These technologies are worth having, and come either as standard equipment or at a reasonable cost.

The Toyota Corolla is best known for its qualities as a basic sedan. It might not be flashy, but you can usually count on the Corolla to get you where you need to go with minimal upkeep and few hassles for many years. It is the safe choice.

The Honda Civic, on the other hand, adds a little variety to the basic formula. In addition to a four-door sedan, the Civic also comes in a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback. There are many trim levels, including the Si performance versions for those wanting something a bit sportier. The Civic offers a wider spectrum of options.

The choice may come down to how much character you need in a car.

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