Honda Civic probably much better today
The pros of my 2000 Honda Civic are dependability (the engine has started faithfully for me every day), few repairs (I've hardly had it in the shop and charges were pretty reasonable when I did), and pretty good gas mileage (25 mpg city/30 mpg hwy). Cons are many: Very low head room (probably made for smaller Asian market), leaky seals on doors and trunk, body rusting, and window that stopped working (a defect I found out, is very common for this model). These are same problems Toyota had in its early years in the US market, so I imagine that Honda also has figured out solutions in its new cars. Even with flaws, I'm still happy that the car gets me to work every day.