Today’s hatchbacks are as popular as they ever were, and despite the rise of crossovers, hatchbacks are still the car of choice for many drivers around the world, including here in the United States. That said, it seems as though every automaker is coming out with a hatchback version of drivers’ favorite models, to the point where it can be difficult for car buyers to determine which options hold an edge. We always want your buying experience to go as smoothly as possible here at Hilton Head Honda, which is why we’re helping you with your research by comparing two top options: the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback vs the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.
Here, we’ll be focusing on the entry level trims for each model, though the Civic Hatchback does have an additional four trims above the entry level LX if you’d like to explore those (the Corolla Hatchback is only available in an SE and XSE trim). The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t have quite as much variety, and indeed, it comes equipped with a 168-hp power plant regardless of trim level. This falls short of the Civic Hatchback’s standard 174 horsepower engine that can pump out 162 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE
|174 hp, 162 lb-ft of torque||Engine Specs||168 hp, 151 lb-ft of torque|
|Up to 46.2 cubic feet||Cargo Volume||Up to 23.3 cubic feet|
|36.0 inches||Rear Seat Legroom||29.9 inches|
|97 cubic feet||Passenger Volume||85 cubic feet|
Of course, there’s more to a hatchback than just power. Rather than nitpicking at a little more horsepower or torque here or there, what you really care about when choosing a hatchback is interior space. The best hatchbacks find a way to utilize interior space to the fullest extent, and Honda has clearly done a nice job of doing so with the 2019 Civic Hatchback. In fact, the Corolla Hatchback is quite a disappointment in the segment. It only provides drivers with up to 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is not that much of an improvement compared to your typical sedan. Meanwhile, the Civic Hatchback has a maximum cargo area of 46.2 inches, while still managing 97 cubic feet of space for passengers. And lastly, in the rear seat, though the Civic Hatchback’s 36 inches of rear seat legroom for passengers is pretty standard, those same passengers may struggle to get comfortable in the Corolla Hatchback’s truly disappointing 29.9 inches of rear seat legroom.
Now, we’ve only just touched on a few of the main aspects of hatchback buying here, so if you’d like to learn more about the differences between the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback and 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, contact us today. Or, to experience the model that has the edge in this comparison, give us a call or schedule a test drive right here on the Hilton Head Honda website.