some non-biased review of both civic & corolla....
Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla Review
How the Honda Civic stacks up against the Toyota Corolla - by Nigel Cooper, Topanga CA
Toyota Corolla Info | Honda Civic Info
Both the Honda and the Toyota Corolla are likely to feel somewhat slow because of their high horsepower-to-weight ratio.
The Civic and the Toyota Corolla have approximately similar tires. With their similar turning radiuses, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla definitely handle roughly the same into and out of tight spots.
Torque is roughly equivalent to acceleration, and in this respect, the Honda Civic isn't much more powerful than the Toyota Corolla.
The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla can accommodate the same number of passengers.
Taller drivers will significantly enjoy the extra head room in the Toyota Corolla's front cabin compared to the Honda Civic. The Toyota Corolla is not particularly more spacious for your passengers than the Honda Civic.
The Honda Civic is a bit more ponderous than the Toyota Corolla. The Honda Civic and the Corolla compete for the same parking spaces.
The destination charge is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle from its point of origin to the dealer. It costs roughly the same to get the Toyota Corolla to the dealership as the Honda Civic. Regarding MSRP, the Civic costs quite a bit more than the Toyota.
The Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic have the same basic after-sale protection.