2008 Honda Civic Vs. 2008 Toyota Corolla

2008 Honda Civic

The 2008 Civic represents the eighth generation of Honda's popular compact model. It was available as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan, as well as a three- or five-door hatchback. Power was provided by a series of inline four-cylinder engines, with a gasoline-electric hybrid model also available. The 2008 Civic could be ordered in several trim levels, including the base DX trim, the mid-level EX and the sporty, top-of-the-line Si trim. Different body styles and trim levels came with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, with a continuously variable transmission standard on the Civic Hybrid.

2008 Toyota Corolla

The 2008 Toyota Corolla was part of the Corolla's tenth generation. It was available only as a four-door sedan and in three trim levels: CE, S and LE. The similar Toyota Matrix is essentially a Corolla hatchback, though sold under a different name. Several four-cylinder engines were offered in the 2008 Corolla, along with a choice of transmissions that included a five- or six-speed manual, a four- or five-speed automatic, and a continuously variable transmission option.


The 2008 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla have much in common. Both are compact, entry-level offerings from established Japanese brands. Both cars also use a traditional front engine/front-wheel drive configuration and an efficient four-cylinder engine. The Civic and Corolla are also comparable in terms of price, with base models starting at around $15,000. Both models also feature seating for five and relatively few standard convenience features.

Key Differences

One of the biggest differences between the 2008 Civic and Corolla is the availability of so many more versions of the Civic. With a two-door coupe available, along with two different hatchbacks, the Civic is a much more versatile vehicle. The Hybrid model offers drivers an inexpensive alternative to traditional gasoline-powered cars, and the Si sport models of the Civic are geared toward driving enthusiasts on a budget. With so many more models available, the Civic has a much broader range of pricing, topping out at nearly $30,000, while the most expensive Corolla model still has a base price in the $15,000 range.

Comparison for Buyers

For drivers who prefer a hybrid, coupe or hatchback, the 2008 Honda Civic is the clear choice. Comparing the base sedan models of both the Civic and Corolla, the differences are few. The Honda Civic has a slightly more powerful engine, but fuel efficiency lags several miles per gallon behind a Toyota Corolla with the same size (1.8 liter) engine. While the Civic lacks features such as anti-lock brakes and a front seat armrest, the Corolla does not have its available fog lights or satellite radio. In the end, specific features and dealer incentives are likely to sway buyers between the very similar Civic and Corolla. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are two of the most popular cars in America, and share much in common. As inexpensive entry-level options with a reputation for reliability, they are a major source of revenue for their respective Japanese automakers and a source of competition for American car manufacturers.