Toyota reports Corolla and Matrix sales together, but the Corolla is the bigger seller. A renaissance in the compact-car market in recent years has left the Corolla outclassed by several competitors. Still, it’s the best-selling vehicle in its class due to Toyota’s reputation for quality and dependability. A much more exciting redesigned model is due soon, so this time next
The Honda Civic has earned a reputation as a high-quality, reliable choice in the compact-car segment. An underwhelming 2012 redesign began to erode that reputation, but Honda responded by updating the car once again for 2013 with better interior materials and a sleeker design. Nonetheless, that 2012 model sold well and the new one is down slightly from last
Even though it was old and outdated, the previous generation of the Ford Escape sold well right until the end. The 2013 model is a far more modern take on the compact crossover, with much improved fuel economy, interior space and driving dynamics. Even though the price can reach into the upper-$30,000 range, buyers have responded positively.