2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Oct 13, 2020

Which compact sedan is better on paper?

In this article...

  1. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Sedan brawl
  2. 2. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Exterior
  3. 3. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Interior
  4. 4. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Engine and Performance
  5. 5. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Safety
  6. 6. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Variants
  7. 7. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Conclusion

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Sedan brawl

Ever since the 1990s, the Corolla or Corolla Altis has always traded blows with the Honda Civic. It is also in this era when the Corolla changed its class from subcompact to compact. The Civic then followed suit in the year 2000 with the introduction of its seventh generation.

Now we’re in 2020, and the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis rivalry is still going strong. We both have the tenth-gen Civic and the 12th-gen Corolla Altis, and they’re both quite popular in the local market. But which car is better in terms of specs?

To find out just that, we’ll be comparing these two sedans specifically the Honda Civic S 1.8 CVT and the Toyota Corolla Altis G 1.6 CVT. They have identical price tags after all.

A picture of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla Altis head to head.

Which has the better specs? The Toyota Corolla Altis or the Honda Civic? Let's find out

2. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Exterior

To kick this off, let’s start by comparing these model’s dimensions. For the Corolla Altis, it has a length of 4,360 mm, a width of 1,780 mm, and a height of 1,435 mm.

It also has a ground clearance of 140 mm. Compare that to the Civic, which is 4,633 mm long, 1,799 in width, and 1,416 mm in height. The Honda made sedan’s ground clearance measures at 133 mm. Both sedan’s wheelbases measure at 2,700 mm.

As such, we can see that the Civic is both longer and wider than the Corolla Altis. It is however shorter in height, and it has less ground clearance as well.

Toyota Corolla AltisHonda Civic

Let's compare the Toyota Corolla Altis (Left), and the Honda Civic (right) using the slider

For exterior amenities, both of the Civic S and Corolla Altis G is equipped with LED taillamps, halogen headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, and daytime running lights. The Civic S however does come with fog lamps.

While we don’t mention anything regarding the styling in these comparison articles, we’ll make an exception for the Civic and the Corolla Altis. This is due to the fact that while sharing the same class, both are going for totally different looks.

The Corolla Altis, as you might already know, is sophisticated looking, graceful, but also very subdued despite its huge grille. Overall, it’s a car that can blend well in traffic, but if you spot it you’ll see a great looking car.

The Civic, on the other hand, has more sharp body lines and faux vents. Granted, its roofline is also elegant, but the front fascia and the rear end looks more youthful.

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3. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Interior

When it comes to interiors, both the Civic S and Corolla Altis G are very ergonomic. The controls for their features are easy to find and are also easy to understand.

However, the dash of the Civic S mostly features hard plastics, while the Corolla G features more soft-touch surfaces.

Both of these variants are equipped with automatic climate control, a decent amount of cubby holes for storage, and manually adjustable driver seats with height adjustment. Both also have fabric-covered seats although their higher variants come with leather.

Toyota Corolla Altis interiorHonda Civic interior

Compare the Civic's interior with the Corolla Altis' interior

As for on-board tech, both the Corolla Altis G and the Civic S are both equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen head unit. The one aboard the Toyota made sedan, however, is capable of connecting via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on top of having an Aux-in, Bluetooth, and USB.

It also comes with offline navigation. Compare that to the unit aboard the Civic S which does not have navigation, and any sort of smartphone linking software. It does, however, have Bluetooth, USB, and Aux-in for phone connectivity. And lastly, the Corolla Altis G also has more speakers totaling at six, while the Civic only has four.

While the entertainment system on-board the Toyota sedan is better, the Civic S’s gauge cluster is fully digital which might be more visible.

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4. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Engine and Performance

When it comes to what’s under the hood, the Civic’s 1.8-liter SOHC inline-4 with VTEC offers more grunt. It can make up to 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Corolla G’s DOHC inline-4 makes less at 121 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque.

Both of these cars use a continuously variable transmission with a gear-lever manual mode, and both are front-wheel-drive vehicles. Both cars also use a MacPherson type suspension for the front although the Civic uses a multi-link type for its rear.

The rear of the Corolla Altis on the other hand uses a double-wishbone type suspension. And lastly, the Civic comes with an electronic parking brake with an auto brake hold, while the Corolla Altis has a more traditional hand parking brake.

Specs
Toyota Corolla Altis G 1.6 CVT
Honda Civic S 1.8 CVT
Engine
1ZE-FE DOHC inline-4 Gasoline
SOHC i-VTEC inline-4 Gasoline
Displacement
1.6 liters
1.8 liters
Drivetrain
Front-wheel-drive
Front-wheel-drive
Transmission
Continuously variable transmission
Continuously variable transmission
Horsepower (Horsepower)
121
139
Torque (Nm)
153
174

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5. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Safety

For safety, both the Civic S and the Corolla Altis G are well equipped. Both come with anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, traction and stability control, and hill-start assist. The Civic however has a reversing camera, which the Corolla Altis G lacks.

Note however that while the Civic only has two front airbags, the Corolla Altis G has a total of seven. That’s a dual front airbag, a pair of curtain airbags, side airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.

6. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Variants

Honda Civic Variants
Price
Civic S 1.8 CVT
₱1,115,000
Civic E 1.8 CVT
₱1,185,000
Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT
₱1,608,000

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Toyota Corolla Altis Variants
Price
Corolla Altis E 1.6 MT
₱999,000
Corolla Altis G 1.6 MT
₱1,045,000
Corolla Altis G 1.6 CVT
₱1,115,000
Corolla Altis V 1.8 Hybrid CVT
₱1,595,000

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7. 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda Civic Comparison: Conclusion

While belonging to the same class, the Civic and the Corolla Altis are totally different cars. The Corolla Altis is more sophisticated, while the Civic is more youthful and adventurous. That of course might set a buyer to prefer one or the other.

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Corolla Altis

Just look at the rear of the Corolla Altis. It looks subtle but sleek

Apart from that though, the Corolla Altis G just has a better interior than the Civic S. It’s got more soft-touch surfaces, a better infotainment system, and more airbags. On the other hand, the Honda Civic S has a more powerful engine, and that means that it might be more enjoyable to drive.

Despite their differences, these two variants are priced exactly the same. As such, your choice as a buyer will all boil down to whether you want more power, or do you want more comfort?

A picture of the rear of the Honda Civic

In comparison, the rear end of the Civic features sharp edges, and a sportier look in general

Our advice to prospective compact sedan buyers though is to test-drive these two cars and see for yourself. For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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