October 6, 2022
Canadians love their hatchbacks, and each the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback and 2022 Toyota Corolla

Canadians love their hatchbacks, and each the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback and 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback function the hatchback.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

Canadians are obsessive about SUVs and pickup vans, however there’s no denying the practicality and utility of a compact automotive, particularly a hatchback. They’re comparatively reasonably priced, spacious and gas environment friendly. The competitors is stiff, however these two rivals are going robust: the 2022 Honda Civic hatchback and the 2022 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

Each hatches are standard in Canada. Out of the 43,556 Civics offered in Canada in 2021, about 7 per cent, or practically 3,050, have been hatchback fashions, in accordance with the auto maker. By comparability, Toyota Canada offered practically 7,000 Corolla hatchbacks final yr, which was about 17 per cent of all Corollas.

In contrast with the competitors, Volkswagen Canada offered 5,876 common Golfs (not together with Rs and GTIs) in 2021, Mazda offered 6,324 Mazda3 hatchbacks and Hyundai offered solely 734 Velosters final yr.

Corolla clearly leads the pack, however which will change with the Civic hatchback’s main redesign for 2022. Right here’s how they stack up in opposition to one another.

Seems

The Globe and Mail in contrast the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback (prime) to the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (above).Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

For 2022, the Honda Civic will get redesigned with a brand new look that’s far much less flashy and aggressive because the final era. Gone are the huge air vents on the entrance and rear, changed with a extra streamlined and complicated design.

My tester’s sharp purple color, a $300 possibility, a honeycomb entrance grille, beefy 18-inch wheels, twin rear exhaust suggestions and a sloping roofline give it a European aptitude, which attracts compliments. A small nook window within the C-pillar additionally improves rear visibility for the driving force, whereas creating an open, ethereal feeling for rear-seat riders.

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The Corolla hatch, then again, seems to be just like final yr’s mannequin; there aren’t many vital modifications for 2022. Its exterior is conservative and subdued. Its tall, boxy design is tasteful and reserved, typical of a Toyota.

A gently sloped windshield, my tester’s 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and a shocking color – dubbed Galactic Aqua Mica – which seems to be completely different relying on the sunshine and time of day, are beautiful.

Inside

The Corolla’s inside is a bit lacklustre in contrast with the Civic (prime).Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

The Civic hatchback is bigger than the final era, rising 35 millimetres longer in its wheelbase and 12 millimetres wider in its rear monitor. That interprets into extra inside house, particularly within the rear, the place legroom has elevated by practically 36 millimetres. At 5 foot 6, the rear seats go well with me nice. However the sloping roofline compromises headroom, if you happen to’re taller.

The Civic’s inside is daring and fashionable with a sunroof, retro honeycomb air vents, a ten.2-inch digital instrument show, and a nine-inch color contact display screen with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Onerous dials for the quantity and the heating, air flow and air con (HVAC) system, are helpful. USB ports are additionally positioned throughout the driver’s eyesight and attain. Two USB ports for rear-seat passengers are additionally helpful.

The Corolla’s inside is a bit lacklustre in contrast with the Civic. Don’t get me mistaken, it’s clear and uncluttered. It simply doesn’t really feel as modern because the Civic’s. However my “SE Improve” trim provides good extras, corresponding to a heated steering wheel, heated entrance seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, wi-fi charging and an eight-inch centre contact display screen.

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As with the Civic, laborious buttons for the quantity and HVAC system are helpful. There are two entrance USB ports, however good luck discovering them. They’re hidden from the driving force’s sight.

In relation to the rear seats, the Corolla gives higher headroom, because of its boxy, tall, upright design. However legroom is a bit tight, if you happen to’re taller than 5 foot 6.

Efficiency

The Civic hatch is a blast to drive; it has a gutsy, 180-horsepower, 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s clean, sporty and composed. Behind the wheel, it feels extra agile and highly effective than the Corolla with its 168-horsepower, two-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. Certain, the Corolla isn’t the quickest out of the gate, however whenever you want energy to merge or overtake slower-moving automobiles on the freeway, it does the trick simply.

The suspension is forgiving on each automobiles, absorbing bumps within the street. Hats off to each firms for providing a six-speed handbook transmission; it creates a extra partaking and enjoyable drive. Nonetheless, the stick on the Civic prices the identical because the CVT, or constantly variable transmission. On the Corolla, the CVT prices $1,000 greater than the stick.

On the gas financial system entrance, the Civic averaged a powerful 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres mixed driving over practically 350 kilometres, whereas the Corolla got here in at 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres mixed, driving greater than 300 kilometres.

Expertise

Each the Civic and Corolla get prime marks for together with quite a few customary security and driver help applied sciences. Dubbed the “Honda Sensing” suite, the bundle contains site visitors jam help, adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help. The system now makes use of a single-camera system with an extended, wider discipline of view than the earlier radar-and-camera-based system.

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Toyota’s Security Sense 2.0 bundle provides extras like computerized excessive beams and a precollision system with pedestrian and bicycle detection along with lane-departure alert and high-speed vary dynamic radar cruise management.

Cargo

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback trunk contains a cargo internet.Petrina Gentile/The Globe and Mail

The Honda Civic has 693 litres of cargo house, whereas the Corolla has 660 litres. Each are large, providing extra space than some small SUVs. On the Civic, the cargo opening has widened by 40 millimetres, so it’s simpler to get objects into the house. There’s additionally a cargo internet that stretches throughout the rear so as to add privateness. A cargo internet or cargo liner value additional on the Corolla.

The decision

The made-in-Indiana Civic hatch prices greater than the Japanese-made Corolla hatch – $28,000 versus $21,450. Whereas each automobiles are spectacular, the Civic edges out the Corolla for its gas effectivity, extra spirited driving dynamics and bolder inside and exterior design. No surprise the Civic is Canada’s best-selling passenger automotive for 23 years and the 2022 North American Automobile of the Yr award winner.

Tech specs

2022 Honda Civic hatchback (Sport Touring trim)
  • Base worth/as examined: $28,000; $35,431 (plus a vacation spot cost of $1,700)
  • Engine: 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission/drive: Six-speed handbook/front-wheel drive
  • Gasoline financial system (litres/100 kilometres): 8.5 metropolis/6.3 freeway; 7.5 mixed
  • Alternate options: Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai Veloster N, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru Impreza
2022 Toyota Corolla hatchback (SE Improve trim)
  • Base worth/as examined: $21,450/ $25,486 (plus a vacation spot price of $1,720)
  • Engine: Two-litre four-cylinder with 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission/drive: Six-speed handbook/front-wheel drive
  • Gasoline financial system (litres/100 kilometres): 8.4 metropolis/6.7 freeway; 7.6 mixed
  • Alternate options: Honda Civic, Hyundai Veloster N, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru Impreza

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