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1997. - 2001. Production 2000. - 2002.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4190 mm
Length 4120 mm
1695 mm
Width 1690 mm
1375 mm
Height 1385 mm
225 liters
Boot (min) 281 liters
600 liters
Boot (max) 960 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 50 liters
Engine
Honda
1.6 D16Y5
Toyota
1.6 3ZZ-FE
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1590 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
117 hp
Power 110 hp
141 Nm
Torque 150 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
975 kg
Vehicle weight 1060 kg
10.2 s
Acc. 0-100 9.8 s
188 km/h
Top speed 195 km/h
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.8 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.1 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.4 l/100km
153 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
automatic - 4 gears
1000 kg
Vehicle weight 1075 kg
12.0 s
Acc. 0-100 11.6 s
172 km/h
Top speed 175 km/h
9.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.6 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.3 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.8 l/100km
174 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1400 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 3-door hatchback body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 117hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 110hp engine designed by Toyota.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Corolla offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Honda does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Toyota badge with 4.6 out of 5. The same official information place Civic 37% above average, and Corolla 5% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Civic rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Toyota is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 195 kilometers per hour, 7km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Civic, averaging around 6.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 14% difference compared to Corolla.

Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Corolla offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Toyota offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Honda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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