As a R-18 past Civic owner and then current 5at I4 Accord owner. The Civic would eat the Accord alive off the line. Faster by far in 0-60. But both topped out at a 127 mph. By speed-o, navi and measured distance. 5mt Accord will get a R-18 Civic off the line. But what does it matter when they both top at the same within say 25 yards of each other. The R-18 is a neat motor. not a hot rod but in its own class. Noe if the rest of the car was in its own class.
My Mazda3 2.3 will make a I4 Accord both 5mt look real bad in a race. Be it straight or through the twistys. And Ive punshised Civic Si pilots in the twistys with my Mazda. And if Mazda had done a Speed3 in Sedan or Coupe. I would own one now and be cussing FWD. Thus my lust for BMW 135I with sport package and comfort access.
Accord can be pushed to limits many don't want to talk about. Including the V6 owners. One they go no faster top end than the I4's. Other than the 17's. They don't handel any better. and in some case's worse. Folks bitch about the OEM Micky's on our cars. Problem is,,, They don't know how to drive. I can corner our blue hair Accord hard enough to carry the inside rear wheel off the ground. Sure its a twisted sister. But once it's set and loaded. Foot to the floor. It can drag it's butt around a corner like a dog in the yard dragging its ass with worms.
Dont waste your time wondering or worrying about who you could take when driving down the road. Think about being a good driver!
While many bitch about Accord brakes and warped rotors. Know that Honda does have one of the very best ABS systems ever built. While Accord if not Honda as a company has some bad over all braking. There ABS is very driver geared. If you keep your head about you and don't go into the normal American Im a idiot driver mode. You can control and use the ABS to guide the car thru or into your doom. Im still amazed at the brake control I have in our Accord. Bring the E-Brake into the mix it becomes a surprising car.
Our I4 5at Accord is the best Oklahoma 120 mph section line cursing car Ive ever owned.
09 HCHII,w/Navi,I4,CVT Crap,Atomic Blue/Beige,70k Miles (Dull/MPG/Quite Civic)
07 Mazda3 S Touring,I4,5MT,Purple/Charcoal,80k Miles (Civic What?)
00 Ranger Ext,XLT,I4,5MT,White/Gray,200k Miles (Thinks it's a F-150)
X, 05 Accord EX Sedan,I4,5AT,Red/Gray,89k Miles (My Fav. Accord Gen)
X, 06 Civic EX Sedan,w/Navi,I4,5MT,Silver/Gray,44k Miles (No Better Than GM Junk)
Can you save a gal. here and there then blow a half gallon playing with the tach? It can be done!