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Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#59 of 199 Re: 2004 Honda Civic LX vs. 2004 Toyota Corolla LE [dennis1]
Sep 01, 2004 (11:12 pm)
I just graduated College in June, and started hunting for my first new car. Coming from a family of Honda owners (we've owned 5), I was naturally inclined towards the Honda Civic when I was looking to replace my '92 Civic Si. However, I found the Hondas to be over-priced (at least in my area), I could find only a DX for anything near my price range (the DX was $17,000, my price range was $15,000) but I wanted cruise control and A/C. I was very close to buying a 2002 EX for $15,000, but it had high mileage (56,000 miles).
So, I decided to check out the competition, and found the Toyota Corolla. I like the look of it better, and it felt more comfortable to me as far as seeing out the back (the trunk is lower than the Civic). The ride was comparable, and they seem to get very comparable gas mileage (despite the Corolla having more power than the Civic). The Corolla cost A LOT less (I was able to get mine for $13,700 with cruise control and power locks and A/C). They were able to offer wonderful financing (2.9% for 5 years). So, I am very happy with my brand new Corolla CE.
By the way, I really like the daytime running lights on the Corolla, since it makes you more visible. Also, it has a light sensor on the dash (standard in all Corollas) which automatically turns the headlights on and off.
Good luck to your daughter, and I know the feeling, being in the same position myself!
#60 of 199 Re: 2004 Honda Civic LX vs. 2004 Toyota Corolla LE [razzledazzle]
Sep 02, 2004 (4:54 am)
Congrats on graduating. I bought my first brand new car when I graduated in 1999, and it was a Honda civic.
I don't know where you live, but $17K for DX is absurd. People pay $13K for LX. I paid $14,500 for brand new Si in early 2003.
Were you looking at Civic's with HOnda Factory Perfomance Packages?
#61 of 199 Re: 2004 Honda Civic LX vs. 2004 Toyota Corolla LE [blueiedgod]
Sep 02, 2004 (8:26 am)
I wonder which states those ppl bought the LX for $13K from. In Columbus, OH the lowest quote that I could get is $14,799. Btw, talking about insurance on LX Coupe, even with my age and clean driving record, Progressive & Nationwide still give me a quote for over $100/mo for 6 month.
Sep 02, 2004 (2:19 pm)
I am torn between 03 Civic and 02 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. Wife wants Honda, I want to give Nissan a try. We had 92 Civic - great car, traded it last year (on 210,000 miles) for 97 Nissan Altima.
Now we want newer car, but can't make up our mind.
Any opinions out there.
#63 of 199 Re: 2004 Honda Civic LX vs. 2004 Toyota Corolla LE [zaza]
Sep 03, 2004 (4:11 am)
I wonder which states those ppl bought the LX for $13K from. In Columbus, OH the lowest quote that I could get is $14,799
There is no reason why a car built in OH would cost more in OH than it did in CT. Check out http://www.carsdirect.com plug in your zip code. This will give you the no hassle price. Right now the price for my zip code the 4 dr LX is $13.9K and 2 door is $13.7, plug in your zip and see what it is. I usually get a better price on my own than through carsdirect.
Insurance wise, a coupe will cost more in insurance. Even a 2 door Explorer costs more to insure than a 4 door one.
#64 of 199 Re: Dilema [jabata]
Sep 03, 2004 (4:16 am)
Civic and Altima are in two different car categories. Civic is compact at most, Altima is mid-size. Sentra would be a car to compare Civic to. It all depends on your needs. Do you need a bigger car? Do you need a smaller car? Do you like driving a big car or a small car?
#65 of 199 Corolla LE 2005
Sep 04, 2004 (4:18 am)
Hi I too was in the market to buy a car. I went for the 2005 Toyota Corolla LE.
My brother bought a 2004 Honda Civic EX back in January of '04 the car is nice and I like it alot. Both my parents, and my brother said that I should get one too.
Before I bought the Corolla I had a 1990 Acura Integra which I still have. "My husband is driving it now" It has a few minor outside problems, but It has 83,000 miles so there was no point in selling it I would not have gotten anything for the car. It is still driving good needs a little work. I also have emotional attachment to the car it is a family air loom. This car has been in the family since I was 13 years old I am now almost 28. I guess it was about time I got something new right.
I have driven in my brother's car(04 civic ex) many times and I like it I like the look the ride. But when I test drove the 05 Corolla I was in love. I Love the way it looks " Very Classy looking. The car looks great in silver" It was roomier on the inside than the civic the ride was much smoother "It rides like a luxury car but it could catch up to the sporty cars I call it my baby lexus."
The mpg is incredible "I only fill up once a week", and the price was around $2000 less than what my brother paid for his car.
Whatever car you buy wether it is a Honda or Toyota you will be getting great car that will last for years but to make that final choice test drive and ask people who own cars like these now on how they like it.
#66 of 199 Edmunds forums needs reform!
Sep 05, 2004 (8:02 pm)
My family is also planning to buy a compact car and I have been given the task of researching. I thought this discussions might help because we would rather buy brand names known for quality namely toyota and honda rather than newcomer like kia. Not that I don't appreciate all the comments found here, but the way I look at it is, there is a bunch of guys who like the civic, there is a bunch of guys who like the corolla, there is a bunch that notes the pros and cons of each, and last but not least there is a bunch that don't know. I think it might be easier to add a poll option here like most online forums to help confused buyers like me.
#67 of 199 Re: Edmunds forums needs reform! [zup]
Sep 06, 2004 (3:54 am)
Well another thing that made me decide to get the toyota was that it was a little cheaper in insurance
#68 of 199 Re: Edmunds forums needs reform! [zup]
Sep 06, 2004 (10:41 am)
If you relied on a poll to make your decision, you'd have "the guys who like the Civic" voting for the Civic and "the guys who like the Corolla" voting for the Corolla, and you wouldn't have the benefit of being able to read and evaluate for yourself the reasonings they give for their opinions.
Certainly you are entitled to your preferences, but I'd a lot rather read about why someone thinks what he or she thinks than just the results of an either/or choice presented to people who don't have to back up their choice with some kind of reasoning.
Just my thoughts.