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post #1 of 73 Old 03-07-2013, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Accord Sport vs Civic Si

Both are exactly the same price. 6spd, wheels, spoiler, I4. Ok, I know the differences, and they are two different cars.

Which would you get?

The answer is, depends on your needs. Since we are all Accord owners, our needs (and wants) are rather similar.

So which would you get for your $23,500? And why?

2013 Accord Sport or Civic Si sedan?

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IMO I'd get the Accord. Better looking, more room, more comfort -- I'm a big guy, Civic is too small for me on a daily basis.

Can carry 4 people more comfortably.

Accord seems more mature to me. I'd be inclined to think that if I had a Si that every Fast and Furious lover would give me a few revs and expect me to race. I could be stereotyping however.

Both are nice cars.

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i'll bet you will get a completely different answer if you post this on 9thgen.

Shocking, i know.

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That's why I posted it here. Like Honda's plan, I did go from Civic/Integra to Accords and such.

The Accord make senses, a better car. But Civic has always been in my heart. I'm sure some of you can relate to this.

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I have had both (2 civics - 5 accords) - i am a fairly big guy at 6'1 235 - i just find i can live long term with the accord easier than the civic.

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On looks and comfort alone I would choose the Accord, however I would rather have a v6 in a car like the accord.
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i was looking at both. it came down to style and gas. i didn't like the redesign of the 9th gen civic si. however, they did a nice job with updating the rear tail lights for the sedan. i also didn't feel like it was worth paying for premium gas.

if you're young and want to have a little more fun, get the civic si. if you want a car that looks great, performs decently, and will age well, the accord is a safe choice.

both are great cars.

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Drove the accord sport. Check out a mini comparison video I did of the accord sport vs sedan si. I've driven the coupe si but not the sedan yet. I'm basically judging how the cvt tranny is vs driving a stick shift. I've only owned manual trannys for the last nine years so I was a bit hesitant on even driving the cvt with paddles. They really blew me away i was shocked at the response time of the paddles. The video was taken in an accord sport while driving (sorry for crappy video quality as I did not know I was going to be taking the accord out I didn't get a chance to grab a camera). And also I had the phone clipped to my shirt so video may be shaky. But the video does do some justice and if you listen closely you can hear how quick the cvt shifts after hitting the paddle. For convenience and comfort with a little bit of sportiness the accord wins. But for pure driving excitement I take the si. www.facebook.com/Michael.hong.7334

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1 main thing that will make me choose the accord over the Si, is regular fuel over premium. If I am not mistaking the Si takes in premium and I simply don't want to pay that extra money for fuel. Also I have owned an Acura RSX type S (similar to the Si) and I can tell you the accord is much more roomy and comfortable and more "classy"

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Just had a brother-in-law buy the Civic. Didn't want the 4-cyl in the Accord, and didn't want to put a V6 in it. So- the Civic. Any rationale that ended in "Civic" wouldn't matter to me, because at 2 meters, I don't fit in 'em.
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I love the si sedan. It's like a poor mans m5 to me.

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If all I could afford is that price, I'd go with the Accord Sport, with one very personal caveat: Without a power moonroof even offered on a Sport, I'd pass on both. But the Civic, I'm sure, is no Accord.

I'd just get the next step up from the Sport that has the moonroof, have the little spoiler installed, and switch out the wheels (if those are the reasons for liking the Sport model. I don't really know the details of the '13 trim specifics/content). Overall though, I'd go for an Accord for long-term satisfaction, refinement, and solidity.

Of course personally, the point is moot... we only buy V6's (and more ), so this is an exercise in worthless hypotheticals.

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If all I could afford is that price, I'd go with the Accord Sport, with one very personal caveat: Without a power moonroof even offered on a Sport, I'd pass on both. But the Civic, I'm sure, is no Accord.

I'd just get the next step up from the Sport that has the moonroof, have the little spoiler installed, and switch out the wheels (if those are the reasons for liking the Sport model. I don't really know the details of the '13 trim specifics/content). Overall though, I'd go for an Accord for long-term satisfaction, refinement, and solidity.

Of course personally, the point is moot... we only buy V6's (and more ), so this is an exercise in worthless hypotheticals.
To me the biggest difference between the EX model and the Sport model would be the keyless enter and start. It is so convenient to be able to just leave the key in my pocket and have the doors unlock themselves and start the engine with the push of a button. Unfortunately you cannot get the EX equipped with the CVT paddleb shifters available with the Sport. I'm a die hard fan of manual transmissions but am looking to get an automatic for my next car. The CVT adds comfort in my life but with the paddle shifters I can still have fun. They really are responsive and is actually kind of fun to drive. A great alternative when it comes to missing a clutch

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To me the biggest difference between the EX model and the Sport model would be the keyless enter and start. It is so convenient to be able to just leave the key in my pocket and have the doors unlock themselves and start the engine with the push of a button. Unfortunately you cannot get the EX equipped with the CVT paddleb shifters available with the Sport. I'm a die hard fan of manual transmissions but am looking to get an automatic for my next car. The CVT adds comfort in my life but with the paddle shifters I can still have fun. They really are responsive and is actually kind of fun to drive. A great alternative when it comes to missing a clutch
As I mentioned, I really don't know very much about the ins and outs of each trim level and nuances of the 2013 Accord (not so with the Gen7). I was just trying to make a broad generalization. You must know more about specifics than I do.

Our last 3 new cars have had the IntelliKey and PB start (Murano LE, M35, QX56). Would never even consider a car in the future with a physical key. Indispensable. Spoiled by technology.

We had a CVT in the Murano. The Murano was a 3.5 V6 and had plenty of power. The CVT was really hardly ever noticed. Because the Murano was so well sound insulated and engine noise/vibration was muffled, it was all but impossible to tell when the engine RPMs were elevated. Not a single hiccup in the 4 years we had it.

I think paddle shifters are a sort of novelty when new, but 'ya quickly learn their purpose is limited in an AT. My M35 has a manual shifter for the 7-spd. AT. I've moved the shifter over into manual mode a few times. It works seamlessly and promptly (with rev-matching), but frankly it's not something I use much. It works so perfectly on it's own, I just forget about it.

BTW... still would go with the Accord than a Civic at my age (a still youthful 46).

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^^ Can you comment on the battery life of a smart key? I read about it on a Nissan forum that it eats battery rather quickly. And also offers what happens when the battery goes bad. I know used the key. The fob is just a case that holds a real key. Anyhow, share some real world experiences. I heard the salesman's pitch and how fun it is.

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