Corollas ride or suspension are the most conservative and ancient, its just like that we have never droved anything else then Corolla/City/Civic.
All imports like Vitz, Lancer even X corolla has better ride quality.
To make things worse a 1996 C Class, 1982 190E or even a 1988 Accord has a better ride quality not to mention about handling.
Most of the Civics on road have after market or kabli suspensions/parts.
Drive a company or 1st owner Civic maintained by Honda or a good workshop without the funny stock tires and even a 1996 Civic has a more compliant ride then a 0 meter corolla.
City has a stiff ride then Corolla but body control is much better, if you will tune City's suspension like Corolla, it will be flying in the air in no time.