If you are a driver who is in the market for an affordable small car, it is tough to top the exceptional value of a compact car. The best-selling small car of all time, the Toyota Corolla, recently received a complete redesign and has been updated once again for the 2016 model year. The Toyota Corolla offers drivers sleek style -- inside and out -- along with a highly fuel-efficient powertrain that will save you cash at the gas pump. Drivers near Portland, can explore the new Corolla further here at Toyota of Portland. In fact, you can locate your stylish new 2016 Toyota Corolla in Portland by shopping our complete online inventory now, right here on our website.
Before you stop in for a test spin of the value-packed 2016 Corolla, continue reading to see how it compares to the latest version of its rival from Honda, the 2016 Honda Civic.
When you get inside the Toyota Corolla for a test drive, you may soon forget that you are behind the wheel of a compact car, since its cabin is surprisingly spacious and well-appointed for such a value-priced sedan. In fact, passengers will find that there is no longer a need to fight for the front seat, since the Corolla's back seats provide so much legroom! With 41.4 inches of second-row legroom, all of your guests can ride in comfort, whether that be a quick trip to the corner store or a cross-country road trip. Toyota somehow managed to give the Corolla this highly spacious cabin but keep its overall exterior dimensions in check; the result is a car that feels agile and is easily maneuverable around traffic and tight parking spaces.
Believe it or not, but the 2016 Honda Civic's larger overall dimensions do not translate to more space inside the cabin. For instance, the 2016 Civic sedan only provides backseat passengers with 37.4 inches of backseat legroom -- or significantly less than the 41.4 cubic feet in the Corolla. While these two small sedans are both classified as compact cars based on their interior space, the Civic has grown in overall dimensions to a size that is almost more reminiscent of a mid-size sedan -- but without the extra cabin space. In other words, maneuvering the new Civic sedan through traffic or parking may feel more like you are driving a mid-size sedan. If you are looking to maximize cabin space while maintaining the agile feel of a compact car, drive the Toyota Corolla!
Fuel efficiency is often a priority for compact car drivers, and you can't go wrong with either of these compact cars based solely on their fuel economy figures. Both the 2016 Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic offer versions that can return up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway. In their most fuel-efficient configurations, both of these compact cars pair their 4-cylinder engines with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for maximum efficiency.
While the 2016 Toyota Corolla and 2016 Honda Civic both provide an impressive level of standard safety features for compact cars, the new Corolla takes the win in the safety department, thanks to its extra layer of protection. Eight airbags come as standard on every 2016 Corolla, including a driver knee airbag and a passenger seat cushion airbag; the seat cushion airbag helps prevent the front passenger from sliding beneath the dash in the event of a front collision. Other safety features that are now standard on the 2016 Corolla include active safety like traction, anti-lock brakes, and brake assist. The Toyota Safety Sense-P package is available on all Corolla trim levels and provides advanced safety technologies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. If you opt for Honda's Civic, you won't find eight standard airbags, as the driver knee airbag and passenger seat cushion airbag are not offered.
To find a 2016 Toyota Corolla to test drive or call your own, start shopping our online inventory now. From applying for financing for your auto loan to shopping our new car specials and valuing your trade-in vehicle, you can do all of that and more here on the Toyota of Portland website. Our Portland, OR dealership proudly serves drivers and families throughout the area, including the communities of Beaverton, Gresham, Milwaukie, and beyond. We have a dedicated Toyota auto service center here on location, to provide routine maintenance and repairs when your vehicle needs them down the road. Visit Toyota of Portland today to find your new car at a low price!