What does it mean to go the extra mile? What are the implications of that? Literally, it means travelling farther than needed, but what other meanings does that have beneath the surface definition? It means taking extra measures that may be unexpected and establishing that perhaps this should actually be something people do expect. As it relates to the automotive world, there are a number of ways automakers can go the extra mile, and not just by literally adding another mile onto the odometer. Even in smaller cars, which often get less attention than their bigger and flashier cousins, this is a possibility. If you are in the market for a smaller car, you don’t just want something to get you from Point A to Point B. You want a car that has more than you expect, that does just a bit more for you. You want a car that goes the extra mile. Let’s take a look at the 2017 Toyota Corolla vs the 2017 Honda Civic.
|2017 Toyota Corolla||vs||2017 Honda Civic|
|Available in Higher Trims||Navigation||Available in Higher Trims|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS Recognition||Top Safety Pick|
|Yes||CD Player / Auxiliary Port?||No|
One aspect of a vehicle that is absolutely vital is the element of safety. A car can have all kinds of horsepower and fuel efficiency, not to mention technological bells and whistles, but if it’s not safe, that won’t do you any good. One of the most well-respected organizations that recognizes safety in automobiles is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which rates cars based on their responses in crash tests. The 2017 Honda Civic was rated a Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional front crash prevention systems. That is certainly noteworthy, but the 2017 Toyota Corolla went beyond that, earning a mark of Top Safety Pick +. To earn a Top Safety Pick rating by the IIHS, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To add the “plus,” a vehicle must earn the same marks as a Top Safety Pick earns, as well as have an acceptable or good headlight rating.
As long as safety is covered, you can take a look at some of the other characteristics of the vehicle. Something we may take for granted these days is the audio capability of our cars. While streaming and MP3 technologies are a popular way to listen to music, does that mean you should be stuck with only that option or the radio? The Civic offers no CD player and no auxiliary port, limiting your audio options. Do you want to play that road trip mix CD you’ve played every summer? You still can on the Corolla, but you’ll have to take the extra time to transfer that all over to your phone if you want to play it on the Civic, and that isn’t what we mean by having to go the extra mile.