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1997. - 2001. Production 2000. - 2002.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4425 mm
Length 4340 mm
1695 mm
Width 1690 mm
1410 mm
Height 1445 mm
415 liters
Boot (min) 308 liters
1312 liters
Boot (max) 1218 liters
55 liters
Fuel tank 50 liters
1.4 D14A8
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.
1396 cc
Displacement 1598 cc
90 hp
Power 110 hp
120 Nm
Torque 150 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1090 kg
Vehicle weight 1075 kg
13.3 s
Acc. 0-100 10.0 s
172 km/h
Top speed 195 km/h
9.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.3 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.1 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.2 l/100km
181 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
Vehicle weight 1110 kg
Acc. 0-100 11.6 s
Top speed 175 km/h
Cons. (urban) 10.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 8.0 l/100km
CO2 emissions g/km
1200 EUR
Price from 1400 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 5-door wagon 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 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 110hp engine designed by Toyota.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Civic offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda, as well as Toyota, with the same average rating of 4.6 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Civic 37% above average, and Corolla 5% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Civic rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Toyota is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 195 kilometers per hour, 23km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle.


Toyota 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, Civic offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Toyota outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Toyota. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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