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Comparison 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback vs. 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Which of these popular compacts is the better overall hatchback?

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $28,000 CAD

Pros

  • Upscale interior
  • Loads of space for people and their cargo
  • Choice of two powerful engines


Cons

  • Tight rear headroom
  • Base engine not particularly fuel-efficient
  • Priced at the high-end of the segment

Highlights

As part of an all-new generation for 2022 that includes a sedan, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Honda Civic Hatchback's chassis is majorly revamped and significantly more rigid than before, and now sporting a longer wheelbase, which helps to create a roomier back seat and a smoother ride. 

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices in Canadian dollars start at $28,000 for the base 2022 Honda Civic Sedan LX; the only trim with the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder gas engine that makes 158 horsepower. The mid-level $31,500 Sport and the top-line $35,000 Sport Touring get a 1.5-litre turbo-4 with 180 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional across the range.

The interior of the 5-passenger Civic Hatchback is understated but handsome. One of the most notable elements is a honeycomb metal mesh strip spanning the width of the dash. It provides a dividing line for the audio, information displays, and climate controls while also concealing air vents that would otherwise clutter the look of the dash. Except for rear headroom, the Honda compact offers more overall passenger space and more room in the hatch (693 litres versus 660) than the Toyota.

On the road, even the base 2022 Civic Hatchback feels low, wide, and fun—eager to carve corners with expensive German iron. Indeed, this new Civic hatch relishes twisty roads, aided by good steering feel and excellent grip, but at no apparent sacrifice in ride quality. The same can be said for the new $31,500 Sport trim, which has the same suspension tuning as the top-line $35,000 Touring. 

While some may consider a manual a relic of the past, Honda’s 6-speed transaxle is a great one, and we all know that manual gearboxes get the driver more involved in the art of driving. On the other hand, the CVT in the Civic hatchback is also engaging. It can be left in Econ or Normal, the modes in which this transmission smoothly and efficiently finds the correct ratios. In Sport mode, the paddle shifters work more crisply, and engine rpm is kept slightly higher for a more immediate throttle response.

 

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $21,450 CAD

Pros

  • Great value
  • Fuel-efficient powertrain
  • Smooth and quiet driving experience

Cons

  • Tight cargo space and rear legroom
  • Some rivals are sportier
  • No engine upgrades

Highlights

The Toyota Corolla has long been a trusted name in compact cars with a strong reputation for safety, reliability, and efficiency. That reputation holds up for the 2022 Corolla Hatchback model as well. 

With a starting price of only $21,450, the Toyota looks like a screaming bargain compared to the Honda. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, mated to the only engine on the menu, a 169-hp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder. Even when equipped with the optional CVT and top-line XSE package, the $29,750 total is closer to the base Civic Hatchback in price.  

The FWD, 5-passenger Toyota compact hatchback is comfortable in the front row if not as roomy as the Honda. The front seats are very accommodating, and the interior design is pleasant and straightforward without looking or feeling cheap. The Toyota doesn’t have the styling panache of the Honda, but the interior material quality is excellent for this price point, and tech features like the standard 8-inch infotainment system are easy to use.

We’re grateful to Toyota for making the bigger, better Corolla engine the only one available in the hatchback version. It has plenty of thrust to make the daily commute enjoyable, and the handling is agile enough to put a smile on your face when you toss this compact into a corner. The stick shift ups the car’s fun factor, but we wouldn’t blame you if you opt for the automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). This is an excellent CVT that’s never too whiney, and it has a launch gear that improves acceleration from a dead stop. Also, the CVT makes the car more efficient, and it comes with standard full-speed adaptive cruise control, which you can’t get with the manual.

If you haven’t driven a small Toyota in a while, you might be surprised by how smooth, quiet, and comfortable the Corolla Hatchback is. This car is proof that the days of the affordable small car being a penalty box are long gone. The gentle ride might make you think you’re in the mid-size Toyota Camry.

 

Final Recommendation

With SUVs taking over the automotive world, practical compacts like the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback and Toyota Corolla Hatchback are quickly becoming extinct—especially if you are looking for a small car with a manual transmission.

The Corolla Hatchback is a practical choice for drivers looking for a humble commuter with modern technology. This stylish hatch has all the virtues of the Toyota brand with a fuel-efficient powertrain, a generous list of standard safety tech features, and affordable pricing. 

If your budget allows it, we feel the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is the better overall pick. With its roomy and classy interior, fun-to-drive nature, and the choice of the turbo engine upgrade, the Civic hatch is one of the best of the last of a dying breed. 

 

Specs

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Engine

2.0-litre I4

1.5-litre Turbocharged I4

2.0-litre I4

Horsepower

2.0: 158 @ 6,500 rpm

1.5T: 180 @ 6,000 rpm

169 @ 6,600 rpm

Pound-feet of Torque

2.0: 138 @ 4,200 rpm

1.5T: 177 @ 1,700-4,500 rpm

151 @ 4,800 rpm

Transmission(s)

6-speed manual

Continuously Variable Automatic

6-speed manual

Continuously Variable Automatic

Drivetrain

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

City/Highway Combined Fuel Economy

2.0/6M: 8.0 L/100 km

2.0/CVT: 7.2 L/100 km

1.5T/6M: 7.5 L/100 km

1.5T/CVT: 7.1 L/100 km

6MT: 7.6 L/100 km

CVT: 6.8 L/100 km

Warranty

3 yrs/60,000 kms

3 yrs/60,000 kms

Seating Capacity

5

5

Base Curb Weight

1,322-1,412 kg

1,388 kg

Wheelbase

2,735 mm

2,640 mm

Overall Length

4,547 mm

4,375 mm

Width

1.900 mm

1,790 mm

Height

1,415 mm

1,435 mm

Headroom, Front

998 mm

975 mm

Headroom, Rear

942 mm

955 mm

Legroom, Front

1,074 mm

1,067 mm

Legroom, Rear

950 mm

759 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,447 mm

1,369 mm

Shoulder Room, Rear

1,422 mm

1,156 mm

Cargo Volume, Behind Rear Seats

693 L

660 L

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