Originally Posted by anonms
When Honda rolled out a new Civic that looked more or less like the outgoing model, people here generally blasted it. When Toyota rolled out a new Camry that looked more or less like the outgoing model, people here generally blasted it. When BMW rolled out a new 3-series that looked more or less like the outgoing model, people here generally defended it.
I think there's validation to your theory based on a different but parallel situation.
Well, to be fair, the Civic was ground breaking before, so a totally cheapening evolution was not what people wanted. The Camry was boring, and remained boring. Probably people expected just more, but at least it's not uglified or cheapened like the Honda, so it should still sell strongly.
The BMW just looks like a BMW should, they have a very characteristic design, and the new interior fixed all what was basically wrong with the old car. This goes for evolutionarry designs like Audis, Golf, but also Nissan Z series, Mazda MX-5, Yaris Mk. II, current Suzuki Swift.... The main differnece is, that if nothing is wrong with the old car (for most people), it doesn't need revolution stylewise.
The current toyota design on the other hand has nothing iconic about it, so most won't praise evolution of it. That said, IMO this doesn't look bad, just lacks something that would make it stand ou as a Prius. Plus the inteiror looks really cheap, already on the pictures (and the Yaris e.g. does feel cheaper than it looks on pictures)