Autoblog reported earlier today (Nov, 4 2013) that the 2013 Honda Civic has overtaken the Toyota Corolla in overall sales for the month of October. The numbers are in and last month Honda sold 27,378 Civic’s while Toyota could only muster up 23,637 Corolla’s. In third, fourth and fifth was Chevrolet Cruze ( 16,087 units), Ford Focus (15,108 units ) and Hyundai Elantra (14,876) all distant competitors to the Japanese mainstays of the industry. Surprisingly, both the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus suffered significant decreases compared to previous months.
The battle between these two compacts is as old as time itself .Not literally of course but it’s a comparison sort of like Mustang v. Camaro but not as exciting.
There are definitely a few reasons why some buyers would choose the 2013 Honda Civic instead of the Corolla.
For one, in real world comparisons the Honda Civic trumps the Toyota Corolla in fuel efficiency. In a comparison by Kicking Tires, the Civic returned 35.5 mpg’s compared to the Corolla’s 32.5 mpg’s.
In terms of interior quality, the Civic is also just a step above the Corolla in terms of quality and touch points. Bright gauges, soft touch points where you rest your arm and upscale materials are all attributes that the Civic interior has and the Corolla doesn’t.It’s as much about interior as it is reliability in this class as this is where the majority of an owners time is spent.
The edge in performance also goes to the Civic with eight more horsepower (140 v. 132) which shows in its zero-60 time (8.1 seconds for the Civic and 8.5 seconds in the Corolla). In addition, the seats in the Civic are bolstered a lot more than the Corolla, holding you in better.
Finally, safety also goes to the Civic as it earned a 'good' rating in IIHS’s frontal overlap test whereas the Corolla received a poor rating.
Hats off to Honda for being king of October. In a cutthroat market such as the compact car market where the smallest difference can sway a buyer one way or another, Corolla needs to get its act together to regain its throne in the subsequent months.