Honda Accord vs Honda Civic SI
Most, if not all, automakers prefer to compare their models to the competition, rather than one of their own. This is one of the reasons why there are different models, trim levels, engines, and price tags in any automaker’s lineup of vehicles. However, what if two different models from the same company are offered at nearly identical prices? We found that the entry-level Honda Accord LX is priced about the same as its little brother, the Civic Si sport sedan, which, in its own right, is a major player in the compact sedan category. The proximity of the prices in itself would surely justify a comparison, something we are yet to do.
This comparison is just like sibling rivalry, a direct competition to show which car is the best buy, from one manufacturer. In all aspects of fairness, we compare the entry-level offering of each model, starting with the sporty Civic Si. Priced at $21,905, the Civic Si has a lot to offer its prospective buyer, like a 2.0L inline-4 engine, mated to a close-ratio 6-speed sport manual transmission. The engine itself produces a mind-boggling 197 hp, at 7,800 rpm, though you still get a combined 24 mpg average in fuel efficiency.
The Honda Accord has the LX trim, which has a 2.4L inline-4, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, producing 177 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. This efficient engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving. Suggested retail price for this base model starts at $21,765.
In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX looks like a heavyweight at 3,230 pounds, supported by 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 all-season tires. The Civic Si, on the other hand, weighs just 2,895 pounds and is supported by low-profile 215/45 radial tires on 17-inch alloy wheels.
Apart from the obvious similarities such as badging, both cars also have the same front-wheel drive setup, 4-wheel ABS, ventilated disc brakes on all corners, and a reliable reputation in their respective categories. However, it must be remembered that all these numbers are only for the entry-level models, for both cars. Things get a little more exclusive, more competitive, and more expensive as you go up the different trim levels.
The Civic Si is available in 4 versions, namely the 6-Spd MT, the 6-Spd MT with Performance tires and the 6-Spd MT with SatNav/Performance tires. All models come in coupe and sedan body styles and are equipped with the standard 197-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with the exclusive close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.
The Accord, meanwhile, offers three different trim levels, namely the base LX, upgraded EX and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features like leather upholstery and an optional navigation system. .
Now, pound for pound, the little brother obviously beats the older one by a mile. The Civic Si’s performance-oriented setup, coupled with about the same amount you’d pay for a base Accord, is what gives it a more value-oriented and attractive package. Call it revealing if you have to, but Honda seems to have made a booboo on this one!