2011 Toyota
Matrix S
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic EX

2012 Honda Civic EX

9.8

starting from

$21,275
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic EX

Badge
Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
39 mpg
Badge
Good range on the highway
515 miles
Badge
Cruise control
Standard
Badge
Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
2011 Toyota Matrix S

9.4

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix S

starting from

$22,475

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix S

Badge
Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
Badge
Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
Badge
Plenty of cupholders
8
Badge
Average-sized back seats
43.3 ft3
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic EX's standard sun roof
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Toyota Matrix S Winner: Matrix S
[details]
  • Room for around 5x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 12.5 ft3
  • The Matrix S has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • The Civic EX has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 5 vs 4
  • The Civic EX's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.7 lb/hp vs 21.3 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 35.4 ft vs 36.7 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Toyota Matrix S Winner: Matrix S
[details]
  • The Matrix S has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic EX Winner: Civic EX
[details]
  • Gets 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 20 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
[details]
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
[details]
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
Missing information
[details]
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic EX's standard sun roof
Help
power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
Help
keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
Help
leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
Help
Highway driving range 343 miles vs 515 miles The Civic EX has great highway range, but the Matrix S is very limited
Help
Cargo space 61.5 ft3 vs 12.5 ft3 The Matrix S has lots of cargo room, and the Civic EX is OK, too
Help
front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 52.1 ft3 Both average size front seats
Help
folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Help
power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
Help
roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
Help
navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
Help
Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Matrix S has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
Help
front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
Horsepower 158 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
Help
Number of gears 4 vs 5 The Civic EX has an OK number of gears, while the Matrix S has very few
Help
Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
Help
paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
Help
Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Help
Power-to-weight ratio 21.3 lb/hp vs 19.7 lb/hp Both Civic EX and Matrix S are sluggish relative to their competitors
Help
Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Matrix S's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Civic EX is not
Help
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
Number of speakers 6 vs 4 Fewer speakers
Help
Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
Help
CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
Help
premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
Help
Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
Help
Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Help
entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
MSRP $22,475 vs $21,275 Inexpensive
Help
In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 28 mpg The Civic EX has great city mileage and the Matrix S is pretty reasonable
Help
basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
Help
basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
Help
Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
Help
Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
Help
Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
Help
child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
Help
Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
Help
Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
Help
Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Matrix S
2011 Toyota Matrix S
2012 Honda Civic EX Honda
Civic EX
Help
0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Help
Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 126 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
Help
1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 81 mph vs 16.8 s @ 82 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Help
Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
Help
Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Nissan Versa Matrix vs Versa
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Matrix vs RAV4
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic EX 2011 Honda CR-V Civic EX vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

Showing 0 comments