Pecheles Automotive Compares 2012 Toyota Yaris VS 2012 Honda Civic Near New Bern, NC

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2012 Toyota Yaris

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2012 Toyota Yaris

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2012 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Yaris and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Yaris comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Civic.

There are over 19 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Yaris’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 11th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Yaris Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Manual (30 city/38 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:

Yaris SE 5dr Liftback


Front Rotors

10.8 inches

10.3 inches

The Yaris stops shorter than the Civic:



70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Yaris SE 5dr Liftback’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic EX’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is tighter than the Civic’s:



4dr Hatchback

30.8 feet

35.4 feet

Chassis Comparison

The Toyota Yaris may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

The Yaris is shorter than the Civic, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



4dr Hatchback

154.7 inches

177.3 inches

2dr Hatchback

153.5 inches

175.5 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback is quieter than the Civic EX Sedan (39 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Yaris 3dr Liftback has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Civic Coupe.

The Yaris 5dr Liftback has .3 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Yaris 3dr Liftback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Civic Coupe (15.3 vs. 11.7 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Yaris’ hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Civic’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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