If you're in the market for a new sedan to help get you around the East Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe, and Easton areas, then you've likely considered the Honda Civic. Even though the Honda Civic is a highly rated sedan, some drivers seem to prefer the Toyota Camry. However, where do you stand on this hot topic?

We're here to get to the bottom of this debate. To find out which car is a better fit for you, we're going to look closely at the Honda Civic vs. Toyota Camry and their customization options, style, and safety technology. After reading our comprehensive comparison, you'll be able to make a choice that's right for you.

Honda Civic vs Toyota Camry: Customizability

The 2020 Toyota Camry comes in 12 different trim levels, allowing you to customize the vehicle to better adhere to your daily life. Although the Camry comes with a robust lineup of trims, it can't compete with the many body style variations of the Honda Civic.

Depending on what you're looking for in your next car, you can choose the Civic model that best matches your needs. For instance, the Civic can be a commuter-friendly sedan, a fuel-sipping hybrid, or a bold hatchback. It all starts with the standard Civic Sedan, which comes in five different trim levels.

Next up, there's the Honda Civic Si Sedan, which has a more aggressive stance and a refined performance. However, if you need more cargo space, then choose the practical Civic Hatchback.

For performance enthusiasts, the Honda Civic Type R is the right choice. This track-ready Honda is a blast to drive around town or on winding backroads. If you've always wanted a coupe, there's the Honda Civic Coupe and Honda Civic Si Coupe.

In total, the Honda Civic has a wider range of abilities and styles than the Toyota Camry.

Vehicle Style

From a distance, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry are similar in appearance, but when you get up close, you can see clear differences that help you tell these vehicles apart.

The Honda Civic has more of an aggressive and sportier look than the Toyota Camry. It features a sleeker body with a performance-based design that commands the roadways and informs passersby that it's more than just an efficient sedan.

For instance, the Civic Type R is a terrific example of a powerful sedan. It comes with practical yet stylish features, including:

  • Red H-badge
  • Wing spoiler
  • LED Headlights with auto-on/off
  • Brembo® 4-piston front brake calipers

Unfortunately, the Toyota Camry lacks the alluring appeal that the Honda Civic delivers.

Safety Features

Both the Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry feature a variety of braking systems that can help keep the driver in control during trips on slick roads. The Honda Civic features Vehicle Stability Assist™, while the Toyota Camry features Electronic Stability Control. These systems utilize brake pressure to prevent the wheels from losing too much traction.

Where the Honda Civic begins to pull ahead of Toyota Camry is with its standard driver-assistance technology. In the base trim for the Honda Civic, you'll enjoy Honda Sensing®, a suite of intuitive safety systems. It includes:

  • Collison Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System™
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning

Toyota offers Toyota Safety Sense™ P in the Camry, but this suite comes with only four safety systems.  

Even from the outside, these vehicles offer protection through their body designs. For instance, the Toyota Camry features front and rear crumple zones, while the Honda Civic utilizes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure. The Civic's structure features reinforced steel designed to withstand an impact and help disperse the force of a collision from affecting the passengers inside.

Which Car Has More Power?

If you enjoy getting up to speed quickly, whipping around sweeping turns, or navigating narrow city streets, the performance model of the Honda Civic will be a more enjoyable companion than the Camry.

The most power that the Camry offers comes from its available 3.5L V6 engine, which only produces 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. However, Honda brings it up a notch with the Civic Type R. This race-ready sedan comes with a 2.0L VTEC® turbocharged engine that delivers 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

You can select specialized driving modes in the Civic Type R, too. Chose Comfort mode for smooth cruising, Sport mode to ramp up the responsiveness, and +R mode to push its performance to the limit!

Transmission Options

While both the 8-speed automatic transmission and Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission offer a smooth ride, the Honda Civic provides a manual transmission in the Type R. However, you can still choose from a range of automatic transmissions in the Civic, too. Sometimes, though, a manual option adds that extra bit of power and performance you're craving.

To keep up with the sporty nature of the Civic Type R, you'll find that the manual transmission comes with Rev-Match Control. Essentially, Rev-Match Control makes it easier to switch between the various gears of the manual transmission. By doing so, the power flows naturally from the pedal to the engine and then to the pavement.   

Making the Choice: Honda Civic vs Toyota Camry

By now, you're aware that the Honda Civic has numerous advantages over the competing Toyota Camry. Along with its unique body styles, it also comes armed with Honda Sensing®, powerful engines, and practical yet stylish features. Why not learn more about the Honda Civic by taking it out on the road?

Contact us at Ray Price Honda to schedule your test drive with the Honda Civic. We're always happy to help drivers in the Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Jim Thorpe, and Easton areas find the car that's right for them.

If there's a specific Civic you have in mind, such as the Civic Coupe or Civic Type R, let us know and we'll set up a meeting!

For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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