In 2011, Honda rolled out a completely redesigned 9th generation Civic to a luke-warm reception. Critics were less than impressed with Civic’s bland exterior styling, cheap feeling interior materials and the short list of standard features when compared to competitors. Honda responded quickly, giving the 2013 Civic an early cycle refresh to address these concerns. The exterior receives a sportier look, the interior has been refined with new materials and the standard features list has been extended. This means that Civic is ready to be a tough competitor in the subcompact segment.
Although it has been five years since Corolla received a redesign, the latest model has benefited from annual improvements to keep it competitive. Corolla stacks up well against Civic with a stout list of standard features, more available options, superb audio and telematics as well as an advantage in a few key interior dimensions.