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Difference Between Honda Accord and Honda Civic SI

civicHonda Accord vs. Honda Civic SI

Most, if not all, car manufacturers would rather compare their models against the competition, rather than against one of their own. This is one reason why there are different models, trim levels, engines, and price tags, in any given car manufacturer’s lineup of vehicles. Although, what if two different models from the same company are offered at almost identical prices? We found that Honda’s entry level Accord LX has a price tag almost similar to its younger brother, the Civic Si sports sedan, which, in its own right, is a major player in the compact sedan category. The pricing proximity in itself, would surely warrant a comparison, of which we are about to do.

This comparison is just like sibling rivalry, a straight up competition to show which car is the better buy – from one maker. In all matters of fairness, we compare each model’s entry-level offering, starting with the sporty Civic Si. Priced at $21,905, the Civic Si has loads to offer its prospective buyer, such as a 2.0L inline-4 engine, which is mated to a sporty, 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. The engine itself produces a mind boggling 197 hp, at a screaming 7800 rpm, although you still get a combined 24mpg average on fuel efficiency.

The Honda Accord has the LX trim, which has a 2.4L inline-4, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, that produces 177 horsepower at 6,500rpm. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving. The suggested retail price for this base model starts at $21,765.

In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX looks like a heavyweight at 3230 lbs., and is supported by 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires. The Civic Si, on the other hand, weighs only 2895 lbs., and is supported by low profile, 215/45 radial tires on 17-inch alloy rims.

Besides from the obvious similarities, such as the badge, both cars also have the same front wheel drive set-up, 4-wheel ABS, ventilated disc brakes on all corners, and a reliable reputation in their respective categories. One must remember though, that all these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both cars. Things get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels.

The Civic Si is available in 4 trims, namely, the 6-Spd MT, the 6-Spd MT with Performance tires, and the 6-Spd MT with SatNav/Performance tires. All trims come in both coupe and sedan body styles, and are equipped with the standard 2.0-liter inline-4, 197-horsepower engine, with the exclusive close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

Meanwhile, the Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features, such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.

Now, pound for pound, the little brother obviously beats the older one by a mile. The performance oriented set-up of the Civic Si, coupled with almost the same amount you would pay for a base Accord, is what gives it a more value-oriented package, and more appeal. Call it an eye opener if you must, but Honda seems to have made a booboo on this one!


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