hey pals ! I'm dealing in cars + I also have a thing for cars so let me tell u in detail about every model individually, but first let me say
Corolla "The user defines the car"
Civic "The car defines the user"
What Corolla have & Civic lacks
Resale value, Strong Suspension
What Civic have & Corolla lacks
Comfortable driving, fuel efficency
Corolla 1.3 Indus (not for racing)
XE - a nice car for a middle class person
GL - Wastage of money
Corolla 1.6 Indus
Manual - I myself have beaten the shit out of VTi in a race while driving this babe but this car gets out of control once its 170 km/h while VTi stays in control till 200 km/h (without any engine upgrade)
Automatic - Simply a classic car
A great car with & economical too but a no no in karachi cuz it is a hot cake for car snatchers
Corolla 1.3 (new shape)
agan XLi is good but GLi is wastage of money, infect I think even XLi is wastage of money cuz in the same price bracket you can get a City Vario which is fully loaded but Corolla lovers are always there.
Corolla 1.6 (new shape)
both manual & automatic cars are heavy on fuel
Corolla 2.0 (new shape)
this car is very underpowered.
1.3 I wont recomend this car cuz its fuel supply is not PGMFi secondly this car has very low ground clearence which is a -ive point on the roads of karachi.
1.5 The problems of 1.3ltr are there but it is good machine interms of racing with other 1.5 ltr cars.
Both manual cars (1.5 & 1.6) are good but in the automatic transmission there is a jurk which driver feels everytime he changes the gear which is not a comon thing in a automatic trans car
in this shape the prosmatec thing removed the jurk of changing gear but the 1.6 ltr car (both manual & prosmatec) is very heavy on drive.
This is what I feel about the cars in view of my own experiences, rest is ur own choice.
p.s. a message to "roughider", you compared accord 1989 to corolla 1988. My brother accord is a car one step ahead then corolla & civic thus there is no comparasion among the two, secondly the shape of accord you reffered to is to the date a classic car hey no hard feelings