It’s safe to say the arrival of 2022 Honda Civic rocked the sedan world. Obviously, a new Civic is always a big deal, and the latest iteration is no exception. However, the 2022 Toyota Corolla flew under the radar. Part of me knows there’s a new Corolla; why wouldn’t Toyota make one? Yet it has remained forgotten in my mind.
That said, the Corolla is a strong contender, but against the Civic? Let’s just say Toyota’s little sedan has a lot of work to do.
The Honda Civic 2022 is the little Goliath sedan
So let’s start with the Honda Civic 2022. Obviously, this is the latest iteration of Honda models that have become synonymous with affordability, performance and reliability. We’ll get to performance in a moment, but the new Civic certainly ticks that “affordability” box as well as previous generations. MSRP should start below $ 22,000, just $ 1,000 more than the 2022 Toyota Corolla.
For your hard-earned money, you get a completely new interior and the choice of a litany of options and configurations. For now, the power figures are around 180-200 hp depending on the trim level. We can definitely expect a 2022 Honda Civic Type R and Si, but for now, body styles are limited to the sedan or sedan.
Will there be a 2022 Toyota Corolla hatchback?
This roughly matches the 2022 Toyota Corolla. $ 20,000 and more, you have the choice of a sedan or a Corolla hatchback, as well as a few engine options up to nearly 200 hp, just like the Civic. That said, it certainly feels like the Civic’s $ 1,000 bonus went straight to the interior.
Other than that, as Doug says in the video above, the 2022 Toyota Corolla excels at being, well, just a car. It will go where you need it, and thanks to renowned Toyota reliability, it will get there without breaking. This can also be said for the Honda, but the current Corolla powertrain has more than proven its worth.
Both sedans offer manual transmission, but only one is better
Yes, you can both the Honda Civic 2022 and the Toyota Corolla 2022 with a manual transmission. It’s incredibly rare in this segment. The Mazda 3 only comes with a car, after all. That said, if price is your absolute goal, then the Corolla is the obvious choice. However, if you are able to jump for the Civic, do it. It’s just a much nicer package that costs tens of dollars more on a lease. Whichever you choose, you will definitely end up with a reliable car.