Dear all , read this topic too late... anyway.
How civic is better than corolla? According to me it has good drive controls and road grip due to punch face. But not by engine and durability.
If we speak about 2003-2008 models of civic / corolla i will say corolla is best! And how, i explain as:
- Tough suspension also low maintenance
- Corolla Se Saloon has installed in it 3zz-fe engine which is also vvti 1.6l / aprox 110hp (which can be easily increased by installing good Air-Intake and its Sensor).
- Road grip problem can be overcome by changing wheel rims of 15"with good radial tyres aprox 225x50 profile
- Cut off complete 1/ring of from shock's srping to incline from front.
I bet you will feel the difference no matter how fast you take turn or drift.
This model has no braking problem if tyres and front springs modified which is not a big job to do.