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Ask AutoGuide No. 10 – Honda Civic vs. Corolla vs. Subaru Impreza

The is drawing to a close and while can mean several things, importantly (of course), it’s for another installment of Ask AutoGuide , the superhighway’s most exciting feature. Beating the competition to with mildly informative and accurate content is the name of the Our skilled geniuses are ready to their expertise like on a sheet cake; just it out of the tub and smear it all around.

If you’ve any of the preceding nine installments of Ask you’re probably keenly of our on-staff Oracles ; they’re the that drives this column. You should also be of their violent mood and predilection for Velcro . be it shoes, or even as a solution to keep colostomy bags from free. Hey, they can be but it beats getting up to use the restroom six minutes.

In an effort to avoid themselves the Oracles only Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays. like to pre-ward themselves extra time off. of their extended weekends as an reward handed out before something good. Despite part-time status our in-house are always able to lend a hand and this week is in need of some advice.

looking to replace her 1997 Cherokee, a vehicle that’s on the downward slope of a mediocre She wants a compact car that hold its value; she’s after something with a interior and comfortable ride, her Jeep couldn’t deliver when showroom fresh.

is willing to spend up to $24,000 on a new She’s open to different but her only major caveat is she doesn’t like vehicles massive hoods. Unfortunately rules out a Jaguar E-Type or the Lincoln Continental the Oracles pushing for. She also bells and whistles are important, so are buzzers and claxons. She wants as features as her budget allows.

cows, sheep and other animals AutoGuide’s Oracles been ruminating on Karen’s dilemma and here is a condensed of their full report, the of which is longer than the Act and twice as boring to read. welcome for sifting the gold out a dump-truck load of soil.

The Corolla is Toyota’s C-Segment and it’s a nameplate that’s around for generations. Believe it or not the car was in the mid 1960s so it actually has some Unfortunately it’s a bit too retro for but more on that in a moment.

every single option-box the car cashes out at a few hundred bucks than the $24,000 limit. Karen can forgo some like paint-protection film and a ashtray to get the price down a The $49 cargo tote is an absolute though. Where else are you to find a storage bin, tub or to keep in the trunk? An old cardboard box grapefruit came in would hold any junk so don’t try it (hint, hint).

The range-topping S Edition is the most gilded available. It comes with like a navigation system features a 6.1-inch screen, HD and Bluetooth, though no brush or oral hygiene is between you and dental professional.

Outside alloy wheels, fog lights and a spoiler are standard, the latter of adds a touch of excitement to an heinously boring design. If you excitement in any way, shape or this is not the car for you.

The Oracles not have even considered the for Karen, but it was she who suggested it.

If you’re to get the feeling that Toyota’s is a little past its prime you to start reading palms and with tarot cards; you’re gifted. The car is outdated, outdated, in fact it’s a lot driving the year 1998, would still technically be an over Karen’s Cherokee.

is the Corolla’s deficiency more than under its nondescript Perched above the front is an automotive relic. The car is hauled by a powertrain so antiquated you half to see an Egyptian cartouche cast the engine block.

Imhotep’s chariots were more advanced than the 1.8-liter four-cylinder. It delivers a 132 horsepower with just 128 of torque. Output may be lacking but the car really falls on its face is in the department. It’s saddled a four-speed automatic! In 2013 totally inexcusable and reason to side step the Corolla a cow patty.

This gearbox is the of bringing a knife to a gunfight. No, that. It’s like World War III armed only pom-poms. Despite their celebratory nature there’s to cheer about with the Corolla.

Making things worse, the car is not very efficient. to the U.S. EPA Corollas with the transmission (a five-speed manual is on lower-trim models) deliver 26 per gallon in city driving and 34 on the netting it a combined score of 29 Again, ’98 is calling right with the Lewinsky Scandal and new of F*R*I*E*N*D*S.

Like college professors or used-carpet salesmen believe the Corolla is a direct of Mundaneasaurus . a semi-omnivorous dinosaur killed its prey by boring it to You’ve been warned.

plenty to grumble about this compact Toyota but are a few positives worth noting. The car is for its bulletproof reliability, a reputation after decades of fighting the fight against defects.  to Toyota’s consumer website than 80 percent of Corollas over the last 20 years are on the road today. That’s a plus.

Like Pandora’s box at there’s hope; a redesigned is on the way.

Like Ford and Toyota and Honda are bitter battling each other for and mindshare in an increasingly crowded Facing off against the antiquated in the C-Segment is Honda’s popular sedan.

Right off the bat you can tell a lot more going on with car. When loaded options the price is three more expensive. That’s the Civic is much more


Like Southern and Eastern-European coming to America in the early 20 th Honda’s top-of-the-line Civic sedan has features by the boatload. For a more than $27,000 the car with modern necessities sat-nav and voice recognition, climate control, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped tiller, not to mention front seats.

In the safety the car is armed with a list of Nader-approved items including airbags, brake assist, control and a high-tech ACE II body That acronym is Honda-speak for Compatibility Engineering; all you really to know is that it’s in a crash should you ever to rear-end a cement truck, through a weekend farmer’s or roll the car 18 times in an attempt to Smokey and the Bandit.

Additionally a “Top Safety Pick +” the Naderites at the Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS). That’s the score they give out for although it’s a bit confusing how you can do than “Top.”

Like the this high-end Civic is with darkness-defeating fog lights, also got heated side-view and a power moonroof. A sporty-looking adds $399 to the car’s tag and nothing to its performance; 17-inch are nearly $1,200. Skipping questionable options like trim, a car cover and splash will drop the Civic’s by thousands.

Under the hood car is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four. familiar? It matches the Corolla for liter. Regrettable its output is any better. The Civic’s single-overhead-cam engine delivers 140 horsepower; is IDENTICAL to the Toyota. It’s they cheated off of each and both failed the test.

It may not a boot in trousers but the Civic’s at least gets to work a slightly more modern and we do mean slightly . The car features an competent five-speed automatic It’s smooth and effective but a gears short in today’s Where the Corolla’s four-gear is from the Stone Age this one is at from the Middle Ages.

The performance is decent in most situations, it’s no V10-powered SRT but it’s perfectly fine for motorists. It may be an almost-even match for the when it comes to output but the trounces its Toyota counterpart in efficiency. The car stickers at 28 miles per ‘round town and 39 on interstate Its combined rating is an impressive 32 3 better than the Corolla.

Karen mentioned she’s in the for a comfortable car that’s loaded features. Well, the Civic just about every available in a compact sedan and a few but that’s not all. The car is very refined and smooth going the road – all qualities Karen But in typical Honda fashion also engaging to drive. It more planted and appreciably than the Corolla, best of all it be every bit as reliable as the Toyota.

The only real complaint the Civic centers on styling. won’t mince words; the car is of weird looking. The Chevy Dodge Dart and even the Sentra are all handsome small but this little Honda is strange, even after its refresh for 2013.

Wowzers! with every available and accessory pushes the Subaru price to 30 large. That may not be too in today’s overpriced, overregulated world but it’s a symbolic and crossing it puts you square in the big

Now, like the other two listed here that can be massively reduced simply by the litany of bullshit things offers. There’s an available warmer for instance. It costs Buyers can opt for a cigarette lighter, is also 40 bucks. A car cover is for $129.99 but the bag to put it in costs extra. has the audacity to charge $14.95 for the of a fabric satchel. You’d after paying 130 bucks for a fitted sheet they at least give you a baggie to put it in. Not a

Skipping other useless like the optional 10-inch upgraded tweeters, bumper moldings and sport grill the costs a much more $24,965. That we can work

The Limited model comes with a lockable glovebox, climate control, half a speakers and leather upholstery. is part of a $2,200 package includes a moonroof. These should tick all of Karen’s checkboxes.

The littlest Subaru is by a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder that puts out an adequate 148 Torque weighs in at 145 lb-ft, than either the Toyota or

Eschewing a traditional transmission the is fitted with a continuously unit or CVT for short. Subaru has it Lineartronic but the AutoGuide Oracles it the Lame-O-matic Gearless-Special because it like a bedsore. The driving provided by CVTs – not just one – is not that pleasant. They’re for efficiency but they always like they’re slipping.

One advantage in Subaru’s corner is drive – a relevant factor Karen commented an ideal would be a car that can “handle weather/road conditions “. AWD is standard on vehicle the company offers the sporty BRZ coupe. It’s a advantage in slippery conditions

matching the Civic in safety Impreza is merely a “Top Pick.” It may be minus the “+” but you‘ll be extremely well protected in a

As for fuel economy, the ‘Rezza between the Corolla and Civic. to the number crunchers at the EPA the car earns a rating of 30 MPG, stickering at 27 in the and 36 on the highway.

COUNTING THE VOTES

So, the right small car for Karen? each one has its strengths ( strength in the case of the Corolla) as well as a few (and by few we mean many for the Here’s the breakdown of this CelebrASIA festival.

Right off the bat you can the Corolla isn’t going to win comparison. The car is something of an automotive Toyota has left it on the market far too without the substantial update it needs to remain competitive. It on price and its reputation for quality, and it does.

The Impreza is a solid and a quality piece of engineering. It standout out in any particular area, one exception: it’s the only car with all-wheel drive, and a big advantage. If she can get past the annoying CVT it be a good option for Karen, but not the best choice.

Honda’s Civic is a stalwart in the It’s respected, it’s it’s thrifty and it still how to have a little fun. an excellent small car for Karen, as it all of her needs. Sure, the Civic may act a lady but unfortunately she looks a dude; her Adam’s apple is than a ripened red delicious. Karen’s ok with the styling. she mentioned winter traction was a and the Impreza is a shoe in for grip, but a good set of snow tires the should be able to drive just about anything. And enough to seal the deal week.

As always, good Karen in your quest for a new car and again for taking the time to Ask

If you need a little assistance for your next vehicle free to do the same. Send a message to ask@AutoGuide.com. Let us know the of what you’re looking How many seats do you need? size of vehicle do you want? How are you willing to spend? With of those fundamentals out of the way we’ll get to come up with two or three vehicles that you’ll to put on your test-drive list.

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