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Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending December 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Toyota Corolla
10% Best 55% Worst
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2016 Honda Civic
35.7142857143% Best 100% Worst
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2013 - 2015 Honda Civic
8.85714285714% Best 53% Worst
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2009 - 2013 Toyota Corolla
0% Best 35% Worst
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2012 Honda Civic
0% Best 28% Worst
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2006 - 2011 Honda Civic
25.4285714286% Best 82% Worst
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2003 - 2008 Toyota Corolla
14% Best 62% Worst
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2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
24.8571428571% Best 81% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2014 Even though the Corolla is a new design in its first year, among current compact sedan it will likely last the longest while requiring the fewest repairs. Few other models in TrueDelta's car reliability survey have been as consistently reliable.
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full 2014 Toyota Corolla review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have given it a thrashing and nothing has broken. It is a Toyota so it probably wont be breaking any time soon. Interior components arent top of the line, but they are tough. Seat is firm and will likely last a good while. full 2010 Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This will be the 5TH Toyota that I have owned and all of them have given great service & reliability full 2009 Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Nothing has broken yet, even after hitting a snow bank it was able to drive 15km home. full 2009 Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
60000 miles on odometer, only regular oil and oil filter changes (every 5000-6000 miles ) and air filter (once) so far. Start in the morning and then keep going full 2009 Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The most reliable car in its category. full 2009 Toyota Corolla review
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Not a single problem yet (1 year) full 2008 Toyota Corolla review
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
As I said before... the reliability and durability of this car has amazed me so far - 70K miles and 5 years. full 2008 Toyota Corolla review
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Bullet-proof reputation, ease & cost of maintenance full 2007 Toyota Corolla review
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The Gen 9 Corolla's birthplace and sudden lineup change doesn't detract from the car's longstanding reputation for reliability. If you maintain it, it will last a long, long time with no serious trouble. Having seriously used one of these, I found that as long as it is maintained and somewhat cared for, it will always take care of you. I also know that it is an okay car for heavy use, but that's not really the car's role. It will hold up to a surprising amount of abuse over its lifetime without falling apart. If you have to do heavy residential driving or accelerate to high speeds daily, you may find yourself wearing out brakes and transmission clutchpacks at an alarming rate. full 2007 Toyota Corolla review
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Corolla has proven to be the most reliable car in Canada for many years. I owned other Toyotas before and was exteremly happy with the cost of ownership over a long period of time. full 2007 Toyota Corolla review
Toyota Corolla Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Had lots of wear on car and recent Toyota reliability reports made it risky to buy a Toyota even though I had reliable Toyota for years. Might buy one again when their are stable reliablity trend. full 2010 Toyota Corolla review
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I am concerned about the EPS and the new engine design. Although some have disliked the EPS, the jury is still out for me. Plus, will it be reliable long-term? Also, I have read about some oil consumption problems. Hmm ... full 2009 Toyota Corolla review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2013 The 2012 Honda Civic wasn't pretty. It wasn't fun to drive. It didn't ride well. It outsold all other compact sedans last year anyway. Why? Because it's a safe choice. It was "good enough," and Civics have almost always been highly reliable. Even with the changes for 2013, many of the car's parts remain similar if not identical to those used in the 2006 Civic, so there's no reason to expect this to change. The Dodge Dart might eventually prove to be reliable, but in its first model year, and based on a FIAT, it's currently a gamble. full 2013 Honda Civic review
2013 Judging from responses to our Car Reliability Survey, Volkswagens have become more reliable. But risk-averse car enthusiasts will continue to pick the Civic Si over the Jetta GLI. Though the averages aren't as far apart as they once were, and perceptions likely lag reality, the Civic has been reliable more consistently over the years. Your odds of getting a lemon aren't high with either car, but they're higher with with VW. We haven't crunched any numbers on the percentage of repairs that are not successful, but my sense is that VWs are also more likely to be difficult to fix if and when they do have problems. Then horror stories appear on the Internet, maintaining the widespread (if not entirely deserved) impression that recent Volkswagens are troublesome. full 2013 Honda Civic review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
The only problem we ever had with this car was a bad front wheel hub and front pads at 42,000 miles. Everything else on this car was sturdy and worked well. full 2011 Honda Civic review
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability. full 2011 Honda Civic review
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems full 2011 Honda Civic review
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability full 2010 Honda Civic review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable car. full 2009 Honda Civic review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car. full 2009 Honda Civic review
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent full 2009 Honda Civic review
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires. full 2008 Honda Civic review
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles. full 2008 Honda Civic review
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Over 180K on the odometer, and I've had only one non-wear item to need repair. That being said, that one problem could have been a huge issue -- it was adefective engine block that suddenly developed a small crack that leaked coolant. Fortunately, it was 100% covered by Honda as an extended warranty item on my 7-year old car -- they literally replaced the engine block including labor. full 2008 Honda Civic review
Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles full 2008 Honda Civic review
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong full 2007 Honda Civic review
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached. full 2007 Honda Civic review
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear. full 2007 Honda Civic review
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket full 2006 Honda Civic review
Honda Civic Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have had few to no reliability issues. There are regular wear items that when driven hard will wear out faster, but otherwise, these are relatively bullet-proof. Honda's engineers really know what they're doing. I have never had an issue where something broke and I said, "Why wasn't that component made strong enough?" It's always something like, "Ooh. The brakes are pulsing really badly. Welp... I guess that's what happens when you use cheap, aftermarket brake hardware in heavy traffic." Just be sure to check your oil level every 500 miles or so if you're driving it hard on shorter, around-town trips. It'll drink some oil in that case. Long trips aren't a concern, though. full 2009 Honda Civic review