2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Review: A True All-Rounder

by Aiden Eksteen

There are many compromises needed when having a family - one of them being the compromise of that dreamy sports car in favor of an ordinary family-friendly one, which may be a soul-destroying life decision for some. But, sometimes it's not so bad, at least as long as the Honda Civic Hatchback remains a competitor in the compact segment. Since its debut on US shores in 2017, its balanced driving dynamics, exceptional specification levels, class-leading practicality, and excellent safety ratings quickly made it a popular vehicle. Its potent 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, which churns out outputs ranging from 174-180 horsepower, is astonishingly frugal too. In standard trims, a CVT automatic is on hand, with the Sport and Sport Touring trims getting a six-speed manual gearbox. The Honda Civic Hatch, especially with the stick, is a highly capable and engaging car, and one the entire family can safely enjoy from every seat. It's not the only passionate all-rounder though, with the Mazda 3, VW Golf, and Toyota Corolla Hatchback all calling to the dads and moms who haven't lost their passion for driving.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Civic Hatchback?

The new Honda Civic Hatchback cruises into 2020 sporting a more gung-ho front end featuring a redesigned grille with an updated signature "wing" crossbar, a restyled lower fascia with body-color crossbars in the fog light housings, and blacked-out headlight accenting. The rear fascia has also been redesigned with a more aggressive shape and the Hatchback's wheel designs are all new too, featured in either dark gray or black. All trims also get new trim-specific in-cabin accents and improved cabin sound insulation. Features-wise, the Sport trim now comes standard with the touchscreen infotainment system inclusive of smartphone integration, the EX trim gets a new leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The Sport Touring now comes standard-fit with HomeLink, more importantly, however, is the six-speed manual gearbox which, while previously only available for the Sport trim, is now, for the first time, available for the high-level Sport Touring trim as well.

Pros and Cons

  • Strong surge from turbocharged engine
  • Sport Touring now available with manual gearbox
  • Still one of the best driver's chassis around
  • Commodious and premium-feeling cabin
  • High levels of safety tech on all trims
  • Infotainment not as easy to use as rivals
  • Overly-sensitive forward-collision warning
  • Warranty not as comprehensive as rivals

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX Hatchback
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$21,750
Sport Hatchback
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,850
EX Hatchback
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,250
EX-L Hatchback
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$25,450
Sport Touring Hatchback
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,150

Honda Civic Hatchback Exterior

When the 4-door Honda Civic Hatchback made its debut in 2015, many Honda fans, car buyers, and reviewers alike lambasted its over-styled exterior. Honda has taken this into account with this year's model by applying some extensive styling updates to the hatch from its front end to the rear. The most obvious touches are seen up front where the auto-on/off projector halogen headlights have been given a sporty blacked-out treatment and the fog light housings a new body-color crossbar. At the rear, the standard-fit body-color rear roofline spoiler is now complemented by the lower fascia openings which get new body-color crossbars for a sportier look.

The Sport and Sport Touring are exclusively outfitted with an under-body spoiler kit and with center-mounted dual exhaust outlets, a power-operated glass moonroof is standard as of the EX trim, and the Sport Touring is the only trim that features auto-on/off LED headlights. The LX is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, the EX and EX-L get 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Sport and Sport Touring, 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2020 Honda Civic Hatch remain unchanged despite its exterior styling updates. In comparison with the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the Civic Hatch comes out a little on the larger side. An overall length of 177.9 inches makes it eight inches longer than the Corolla Hatch, its wheelbase of 106.3 inches is 2.4 inches longer. Standard Civic Hatch trims carry a height of 56.5 inches, while the Sport and Sport Touring trims are a little lower at 56.3 inches. The Civic Hatch's width of 70.8 inches makes it 0.9 inches wider than the Corolla Hatch. While it's clear that the Civic is a little larger than the Corolla, the Corolla is still the heavier vehicle with its curb weight of 3,060 lbs to the Civic's curb weights which range from 2,881 lbs to 3,012 lbs.

  • Length 177.9 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 56.5 in
  • Max Width 70.8 in
  • Front Width 60.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.5 in

Exterior Colors

There are a total of seven exterior colors available within the Civic Hatch lineup, but of those, only Crystal Black and Sonic White are available across the board. For some reason, the top-of-the-line Sport Touring trim in manual guise is available in one of only three color options, the smallest selection in the lineup specified to a trim, those are including the aforementioned colors along with Sonic Gray which is available for all other trims too, barring the LX. For all trims including the Sport Touring in CVT guise, there's also Lunar Silver, Aegean Blue, and Polished Metal. A Rallye Red hue is available for the Sport, EX, EX-L, and CVT-equipped Sport Touring trim. Why not for the racy manual-equipped Sport Touring trim? Who knows, but the Civic Hatch looks best in the Platinum White Pearl anyway, so no harm, no foul.

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Polished Metal Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Rallye Red

Honda Civic Hatchback Performance

If you're a buyer looking for something a little sportier than the run-of-the-mill hatchback, then the aptly named Sport and Sport Touring models of the new Civic Hatchback are definitely the ones you'll want to go for. The Sport is optimal performance trim in this regard as it's the lighter of the two and while dual-mode paddle shifters are standard in the Sport Touring, they are available for the Sport as well, although only when equipped with the CVT. Both these trims come standard with the six-speed manual gearbox which ups torque to 177 lb-ft, this does, however, come at the expense of quicker shift times. The 1.5-liter turbo-four sends the Civic Hatch, regardless of what gearbox is used, from 0-60 mph in around seven seconds. This may not be exciting in and of itself, but it's prompt for the class, and the Civic Si and Type R models are on hand for those that want even more potency. While rivals like the Mazda 3 or Subaru Impreza offer AWD alternatives, the Civic is a strictly front-wheel-driven hatchback.

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Engine and Transmission

The entire Civic Hatchback lineup is solely run by a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine. In the LX, EX, and EX-L trims, the engine is tuned to deliver outputs of 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, while in the Sport and Sport Touring, power figures are bumped up to 180 hp. With the manual gearbox now standard-fit in both the Sport and Sport Touring trims, both benefit from a 15 lb-ft bump up in torque as well, resulting in a total of 177 lb-ft of torque, although equipping a CVT drops this back down to 162.

The turbo-four works exceptionally well in the Civic Hatch as it delivers enthusiastic responses from right down low and all the way onward. Pulling away from a standstill is always swift and smooth as the turbo kicks in down low, and nearly imperceptibly so with minimal bouts of lag exhibited. In typical turbo fashion, it gets asthmatic higher up in the rev range, but is far more rev-happy than the 1.4T engine in the VW Golf.

With ample in-gear torque, overtaking and getting up to highway speeds is a simple affair, especially when equipped with the manual gearbox. The CVT is one of the better versions of its type around, droning less and being more willing to let the engine rev out, but it still saps the joy of driving from the Civic, and robs it of the turbocharged sense of urgency at highway speeds. The six-speed manual on the other hand snicks between the gears with alacrity, it feels great, and is now finally available on the upper-tier Sport Touring.

  • Engine
    1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Most vehicles are given a specific motive, to perform well in one of two key areas, either in performance or in luxury. But when the focus is directed at one, the other is generally severely compromised, and the line that divides the two is oh so fine. The Honda Civic Hatchback, on the other hand, gets the best of both worlds as an extremely fun-to-drive hatchback with a ride quality that's so great, you may forget that it's actually capable of being pushed.

In terms of handling in specific, it's certainly no Civic Type R, but it does commandeer many of its captivating handling dynamics, there's a flow to the hatch's movements that have it stream through winding roads like water would through a carved path. Its supple suspension keeps it composed around corners and shrugs off any mid-corner bumps without losing stability. Mash the accelerator and the Civic Hatch lifts-off like a majestic eagle taking flight, building speed and when at its limits, exhibits full control. Changes in direction are swift and effortless, body roll is near non-existent, and grip always feels plentiful. There aren't oodles of feedback ceded through to the steering, but its responses are precise and still convey a strong sense of control to the driver. The brakes don't provide the most effective stopping power, but there's good feel and the pedal is appreciably firm.

The Civic Hatch impresses just as much in the ride quality it delivers, it's not as subtle as any comparable crossover but still delivers a ride that's better than its price and dimensions may suggest. Imperfect road surfaces are effectively smoothed over and typical everyday blemishes are absorbed with ease.

Civic Hatchback Gas Mileage

A front-wheel-drivetrain, a low displacement turbocharged engine, and a CVT automatic gearbox make for a superb team with one goal in mind - beating out rivals when it comes to gas mileage estimates. With this setup, the Honda Civic Hatch is rated by the EPA to return gas mileage figures of 31/40/34 mpg city/highway/combined, although the Sport and Sport Touring models are a little less fuel-efficient with figures of 29/35/32 mpg. Those same trims, with the manual gearbox in play, return gas mileage figures of 29/37/32 mpg, which beats the new manual-equipped Toyota Corolla Hatch's 28/37/31 mpg, the CVT-equipped Corolla Hatch is a little more economical than the respective Civic Hatch though, with EPA figures of 32/41/35 mpg. There aren't currently any hybrid derivatives of the Civic, so if you're looking for a greener hatch, you'll need to look at the Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt. Still, the Civic Hatch's 12.4-gallon gas tank gives it a range of around 421 miles when filled up.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    12.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 31/40 mpg
* 2020 Honda Civic LX CVT

Honda Civic Hatchback Interior

Refined and spacious, the 4-door Honda Civic Hatchback's cabin fuses practical design with first-rate materials that make its interior one of the most pleasant in the class. Honda's attention to detail can be seen in the Civic's overall build quality too, where panel gaps are all even and everything looks and feels properly screwed together. This, together with the Civic's latest sound insulation upgrades, keep the cabin as tranquil as can be. Ergonomics are spot on too, with an intuitively laid out cockpit with all controls in reach and an optimal driving position presented with the first step in. There's plenty of steering wheel and seat adjustability offered up front too; almost anyone will find the Civic accommodating, regardless of size and built, while those in the rear will notice head- and legroom that gives even some midsized cars a run for their money.

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Seating and Interior Space

There's seating for five passengers in the Civic hatch, and all five spots offer enough room and comfort for occupation by adults. The cabin is surprisingly roomy considering that the Civic Hatch's outside dimensions look standard for the compact class. Ingress and egress are easy through the large front doors, though the sloping rearward roofline will have rear occupants ducking a little. Headroom is perfectly fine once in though, and front and rear passengers get plenty of stretch room to enjoy. Adults over six-foot-tall may find the rear of the cabin a bit low, but no rivals offer any better, and the rear legroom figure of 36 inches is truly generous. From the driver's seating position, outward visibility is exceptional and most sightlines are all clear; only the thick C-pillars make for rather large blind spots. Fortunately, the many standard driver-assist technologies aid in that area.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

Interior Colors and Materials

High-quality black cloth seating upholstery is standard in both the LX and the Sport, while the LX is fitted with a rudimentary polyurethane steering wheel, the Sport is upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and with sportier aluminum foot pedals, it also gets trim-exclusive geometrical dash inserts. The seats in the EX are also upholstered in a cloth material but can be hued in either black or ivory, it features a model-specific painted dash pattern. Genuine black leather upholstery is standard in both the EX-L and Sport Touring, also available in Ivory as long as the CVT is equipped, and both feature a brushed black dash and aluminum pedals. There's an available Fashion Accent Kit - Red for most trims which adds red instrument panel and cabin accents.

Honda Civic Hatchback Trunk and Cargo Space

The Honda Civic Hatchback never ceases to amaze; with 25.7 cubes of cargo room in the hatch, it's the class leader in practicality. The Volkswagen Golf offers up a close 22.8 cubes but the Toyota Corolla Hatch comes up far behind with only 17.8 cubes. The Sport and Sport Touring trims compromise on trunk capacity a little in favor of sportier mechanics, the alterations resulting in a loss of 3.1 cubes. With the Civic's rear seats folded down cargo room expands to 46.2 cubes, this is where the VW Golf takes the lead, managing 53.7 cubes with its rear seats folded down. Nevertheless, the Civic's hatch will carry more than the daily essentials and offers ample room for a monthly grocery run.

There are numerous in-cabin storage solutions too, the front and rear door-side pockets are expansive and are all capable of holding large bottles, there's a small-item storage bin beneath the foremost section of the front center console, and above it, another small-item storage tray. Moving back sees a cavernous armrest cubby with dual cupholders, no cupholders are provided for rear passenger though.

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    46.2 ft³

Civic Hatchback Infotainment and Features

Features

Honda allocated the Civic lineup with a reasonable selection of features; in the base-spec LX trim, there's power door and windows, a manually-adjustable driver's seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and single-zone automatic climate control. Every trim comes standard with Honda's HondaSensing suite of driver-assist technologies along with a multi-angle rearview camera, and cruise control. Smart keyless entry gets one into the Sport trim where there's push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum sport pedals. Upgrading to the EX sees the installation of an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-operated tilting moonroof, and Honda's LaneWatch technology. Apart from leather seating upholstery, the EX-L also gets a HomeLink Remote system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Sport Touring gets a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated rear outboard seats.

Infotainment

We've figured that the LX trim is Honda's least favorite child of the five, like the only one that Honda, as a parent, would forget to wake up for school on Monday morning after sending all the others off with a packed lunch. It comes equipped with a five-inch display that Honda calls a screen, we've seen bigger cellphones but hey, at least it's a color LCD item. It's tethered to a stock 160-watt four-speaker sound system and features AM/FM radio and Bluetooth hands-free operation and audio streaming. The four loved "children" in the trim lineup are equipped with a larger seven-inch touchscreen featuring a volume knob and hard keys for primary controls. This system is upgraded to include HondaLink, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay functionality and is tethered to a 180-watt eight-speaker sound system. SiriusXM and HD Radio connectivity come in as of the EX trim. The Sport Touring, as the star child, receives Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and HD digital traffic, as well as with a 540-watt 12-speaker sound system.

Honda Civic Hatchback Problems and Reliability

No recalls have been commissioned for the Honda Civic Hatchback since 2018 where it was subjected to three of minor severity. The first instance was for random characters on the certification label, the second for a power steering system magnet that would dislodge and subsequently retard steering ability, and the third instance pertained to incorrect information found in the owner's manual. With those issues being seemingly isolated and rather menial in nature, the Civic Hatchback received a great Quality and Reliability rating of 82 out of 100 from J.D. Power. With a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty, Honda's coverage is run-of-the-mill.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

2020 Civic Hatchback Safety

In its review of the Honda Civic Hatchback the NHTSA awarded the vehicle five stars in every evaluation, resulting in a top-notch overall rating of five stars. It performed just as impressively in the IIHS's evaluations, scoring top results of Good in all six specified crash tests and earning the honor of being dubbed a 2020 Top Safety Pick.

Key Safety Features

Honda equipped every trim of the Civic Hatch with all the right essentials and more, and standard safety measures include a consignment of six airbags including dual front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Other standard essentials include ABS, EBD, and stability control, along with a multi-angle rearview camera and cruise control. All trims also come standard with the Honda Sensing safety suite which includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking. EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims additionally receive Honda's LaneWatch system.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback a good car?

In the compact hatchback class, the Honda Civic Hatchback is certainly one of the most enjoyable ones for driving enthusiasts and with a ride quality that's comparable to that of luxury vehicles. The turbo-four engine Honda equipped the Civic with delivers an enthusiastic punch and at the same time remains competitively frugal. Moreover, with Honda standardizing the six-speed manual gearbox in the Sport Touring trim for the first time, the Civic's driving enjoyment can be enjoyed with all the luxuries too.

The Civic Hatch proves to be a marvel in practicality as well; its cabin is truly commodious with plenty of storage solutions to boot, and its hatch has abundant cargo room. The comprehensive consignment of driver-assist and safety features makes the Civic hatch one of the safest vehicles on the road too, making it a consummate professional in the compact segment.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback?

The price of the Honda Civic Hatchback is quite average for its class in the USA, with the most affordable trim being the LX with a base MSRP of $21,750 before Honda's destination charge of $955 as well as any tax, registration, or licensing fees. The Sport comes in with a sticker price of $22,850, the EX at a price of $24,250, the EX-L goes on sale for $25,450, and finally, at the top position in the lineup is the Sport Touring with a price of $28,150. It'll cost an extra $800 to opt in the CVT to the Sport and Sport Touring. While prices for the LX, Sport, and EX were slightly raised for the 2020 model year, the EX-L and Sport Touring are both a couple of hundred dollars cheaper.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Models

Honda offers five trim levels of the 2020 Civic Hatchback: the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring. All trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, although outputs are boosted from 174 hp and 162 lb-ft in the LX, EX, and EX-L trims to 180 hp and 177 lb-ft in the Sport and Sport Touring when equipped with the standard six-speed manual gearbox in place of the CVT automatic the rest of the lineup gets.

Riding atop 16-inch alloy wheels is the LX, it's fitted with halogen headlights and LED DRLs as standard and features manual seating adjustment with cloth upholstery featured throughout. The polyurethane steering wheel features tilt-and-telescoping adjustability, there's single-zone automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, cruise control, and Honda Sensing safety technologies. Infotainment is covered by a five-inch LCD display and four-speaker sound system.

The Sport rolls in on 18-inch alloy wheels and features an under-body spoiler kit and center-mounted dual exhaust outlets. It's equipped with keyless entry, push-button start, and for a sportier aesthetic, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum sport pedals. An advancement of the infotainment system includes a seven-inch touchscreen that's tethered to an eight-speaker sound system, while the system receives Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and HondaLink functionality.

Wheel sizes drop down to 17-inches with the EX, and inside, there's the addition of an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-operated tilt moonroof, and Honda's LaneWatch system. SiriusXM and HD Radio connectivity are also standard here.

Sticking to the 17-inch alloy wheels, the EX-L ups the ante on luxury with genuine leather seating upholstery, a HomeLink Remote system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Sport Touring gets a four-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat and heated rear outboard seats. Its specs include a Honda's satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and HD digital traffic, as well as with a 540-watt 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. It's also the only model to receive LED headlights.

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Additional Packages

With trims varying predominantly by feature specification levels, the lineup's available packages are mostly appearance-related.

There's a Fashion Accent Kit - Red, which for $1,665, outfits the LX, EX, or EX-L with a red grille accent stripe and with red front, side, and rear underbody skirtings. A Silver version of this Fashion Accent Kit exists too, available at the same price.

For the Sport and Sport Touring, the Fashion Accent Kit - Red is a little different, it costs $750 and throws in a red grille accent stripe, red lower door trim, and red dashboard and cabin accents. Blue armrest illumination is available for LX, EX, and EX-L models for $349, with red armrest illumination available for the Sport at the same price. Red console illumination is available for the Sport Touring for $250, as well as red footwell illumination for $125. Various dashboard accents can be optioned in for $250 as well, available in black, blue, green, and red.

🚗What 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Model Should I Buy?

The entire 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback lineup is powered by a nifty turbo-four engine, and all but the base LX are rich in value, and packed with high levels of safety. But when it comes to the Honda Civic Hatchback, in particular, it's the driving experience that matters most. And it's in that realm, where the Civic Sport trim delivers the most well-rounded package. Whereas last year it still had a rudimentary infotainment system, upgrades for 2020 now mean you get full smartphone integration, more power, and a manual gearbox. You miss out on leather seats and a few other amenities, but it covers the basics and doesn't cost a fortune. Of course, if you have money to spend, the fact that the Sport Touring gets the same power bump and a manual makes it an ideal, but well-specced, alternative.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Comparisons

Honda Accord Honda
Toyota Corolla Hatchback Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Civic Hatchback174 hp31/40 mpg$21,750
Honda Accord 192 hp30/38 mpg$24,270
Toyota Corolla Hatchback 169 hp28/37 mpg$20,465

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback vs Honda Accord

The Honda Accord Sedan isn't available as a hatchback but is a good option for those who prefer the new sleek styling many sedans have taken on recently. On that topic, some may also prefer the Accord's calmer styling in general, compared to the somewhat garish looks of the Civic. The Accord comes equipped with a more powerful 1.5-liter turbo-four in base specification with an even more potent 2.0-liter turbo-four available on higher trims. Not only that, but it still retains access to a six-speed manual gearbox. With the latter pairing, the Accord offers a 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.5 seconds, but the power and performance comes at the expense of poorer fuel economy. Being midsized, the Accord is larger inside and out, and gets a better consignment of features. The Civic, however, is more practical thanks to the hatchback's capacious cargo bay. With a price overlap between the upper end of the Civic models and the lower end of the Accord lineup, the choice comes down to needs. If you need space, get the Accord, but if you want high levels of spec and driver engagement, the Civic will be the best bet.

See Honda Accord Review

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback vs Toyota Corolla Hatchback

At $20,290, the base trim of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a little more affordable than the corresponding Civic Hatchback. The Corolla Hatch proves just as fun to drive as the Civic Hatch, offering all the performance and handling prowess any driving enthusiasts would appreciate. With its weaker 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, it is slower, getting up to 60 mph in a lackadaisical 7.8 seconds in independent tests, but returns better gas mileage estimates of 32/41/35 mpg. The Civic Hatch is certainly the more practical vehicle of the two, boasting 4.4 cubes more cargo room over the Corolla Hatch, as well as more space for rear-seat passengers. Some may prefer the futuristic styling of the Corolla's cabin, and specification levels are certainly better with the Corolla, but there are fewer trim levels in the lineup, so it makes sense that the higher trims in the Civic roster pack in more creature comforts. Both are immensely safe and reliable, and at the end of the day you'll need to choose which takes your fancy more. We personally prefer the turbo power and endearing chassis of the Civic, but won't judge too harshly if you opt for the Corolla.

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