Why Choose the Toyota Corolla Over the Ford Focus and Honda Civic?

If you're looking for a new compact car in the Arlington area, you've probably noticed that you have a wide variety of options. There are all kinds of compact cars on the road and, with all those choices, it can be hard to decide which one is the best option. Here at Koons Arlington Toyota, we think that the Toyota Corolla is an excellent choice thanks to its great fuel economy, reliability and awesome features. We know this vehicle has a lot of competition, so we would be happy to tell you about what makes it stand out from the crowd.


Other models like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic may seem similar at first. Both vehicles are affordable, efficient and have some great features. But there are a lot of things that the Corolla does better than the Focus and Civic.

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Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic

  • Price: The Corolla is more affordable, starting at $19,385, than the Civic, starting at $20,415, so you can save money when you choose the Corolla.
  • Size: Both vehicles offer room for five and they have similar amounts of passenger and cargo space. However, your passengers can enjoy a few extra inches of rear legroom in the Corolla.
  • Performance: The Civic offers a little more power. However, both vehicles offer great fuel economy, getting about the same MPG.
  • Safety: Both models earned 5-star front crash test ratings and offer driver-assist safety technology, but the Corolla offers a few additional safety features like front knee air bags, a front seatbelt height adjuster for additional safety.
  • Features: The Corolla offers a few additional interior features like split-folding rear seats, voice-activated controls and more, that you won't find in the Civic.

Toyota Corolla vs Ford Focus

  • The Corolla offers a better NHTSA front passenger crash test rating for additional safety in the event of a collision.
  • Standard Hill Start Assist Control helps you stay in control in the Corolla, while the Focus does not offer this feature.
  • Taller drivers and passengers can stay more comfortable in the Corolla, since it offers more legroom in both the front and rear, along with more interior volume than the Focus.
  • The Corolla has a longer cruising range per tank of gas, so you can stay out on the road for longer.
  • You'll find additional features like standard automatic headlights in the Corolla, which you won't find in the Focus.



The 2018 Toyota Corolla vs. the 2018 Kia Forte

  • City drivers will be delighted to learn than the base Toyota Corolla model is capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city with its standard engine; the Kia Forte, on the other hand, can only provide an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city with the standard engine.
  • Sporting a standard continuously variable-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Toyota Corolla provides you with an easier, calmer, more care-free driving experience than the 2018 Kia Forte's standard 6-speed manual transmission.
  • Similarly, the 2018 Corolla comes standard with cruise control to make your time on the highway as easy and smooth as possible; the Kia Forte, on the other hand, does not offer cruise control as a standard feature.
  • The Kia Forte comes with a number of standard safety features but it simply cannot compare with the comprehensive safety technology of the Corolla. Coming standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technologies - including Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection - as well as a standard backup camera and front knee airbags, the Corolla handily blows the Kia Forte clean out of the water without even breaking a sweat.
  • Additionally, the Corolla offers vehicle speed proportional power steering to help your handling on any road; the Forte simply doesn't offer this feature.
  • A standard 6-speaker sound system in the Corolla provides more satisfaction on the go than the Forte's standard 4-speaker sound system, and standard voice-activated controls in the Camry (not available in the Forte) make searching for your favorite songs as safe as it is convenient.
  • Drivers and passengers with longer legs will love how the Camry provides more leg room in both the front and the back seats.


If you're interested in learning more about what makes the Toyota Corolla an awesome choice, feel free to visit our Arlington, VA dealership. We would be happy to show you our available models and arrange a test drive so you can really get to know the Corolla and see if it's the vehicle for you.