These days i have rented a 1.8 corolla 2008. The cars handling is the same as Xli, though its acceleration in the first 2 gears is very impressive. Due to its light weight, driving 2008 corolla above 130Km is not very comfortable on the freeway. I still think Honda has done a better job with Civic. As far as handling is concerned Corolla doesnt match Civic at all.