check out 1996 civic compare it with 2008 civic ( apart from the feautures, the quality has decreased ( though not substantially) like in the case of Cultus and corolla
I disagree on the Civic part, there is no comparison. The 2008 is a much more upscale compared to the last iterations. The build quality is fabulous, sure it has some quirks (worldwide) but each iteration of the Civic has always been better than the last. 8th Gen is much more robust and has a more solid feel than the past ones.
I'm sure the new Corolla will be pretty good considering how much they have banking on it after the failure of the last Altis.